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The penultimate round of matches in the group stages took place during midweek and three of the quarter finalists are confirmed, with as many other places all but decided.
Cup holders Arsenal are one of those definitely through to the last eight, sealing their place with a 5-0 victory over Charlton Athletic. Vivianne Miedema put the Gunners in front after six minutes and Katie McCabe made it two on the half hour. An own goal from Amelia Ritchie broke Charlton's resistance after the break and Arsenal went on to crown the win in the last fifteen minutes as Miedema and McCabe both completed their doubles. Only a huge turnaround in goal difference in the final match will prevent West Ham Utd from being the other team to qualify from Group Two South, they were not in action in midweek but Lewes finished their matches by winning 2-0 away to Millwall Lionesses. The game was goalless until midway through the second half, when Rebecca Carter put the Rookettes in front by scoring the rebound after Vicky Carleton's initial shot had struck the woodwork. Samantha Quayle netted the second goal ten minutes later with a low drive.
Manchester City booked their quarter final place by scoring six times without reply past Sheffield Utd. Janine Beckie netted twice in the first half, either side of a Jess Park goal, and Beckie completed her hat-trick after the break. Georgia Stanway made it five from the penalty spot and Beckie rounded off the scoring with her fourth. Birmingham City put themselves on the brink of going through as they also won 6-0 against Leicester City. Shania Hayles, Lucy Staniforth, Chloe Arthur and Charlie Wellings gave the Blues a four-goal lead at the break, with Hayles and Aoife Mannion completing the win in the second half. Bristol City did keep their slim hopes alive with a 5-2 victory over Aston Villa. Lucy Graham netted twice and Juliette Kemppi slotted home goals either side of half time. Natasha Baptiste pulled one back on the hour, before 16-year-old Katie Robinson scored her first senior goal for the Vixens. Nadine Hanssen netted a second for Villa late on.
Group Two North remain the only wide open group and this was not helped when the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Manchester Utd meanwhile did their qualification hopes no harm by beating Durham Women 1-0. Mollie Green scored the only goal of the game after just 33 seconds, taking United up to second place and meaning a win in their final match should take them into the last eight.
Chelsea confirmed themselves as Group One South winners with a 7-0 victory over Yeovil Town. Adelina Engman gave them a second minute lead and were four up at the break, thanks to Drew Spence, Beth England and an own goal. Both Spence and England completed their doubles after the break, whilst Erin Cuthbert curled home a free kick. The other qualifier remains less clear although Brighton & Hove Albion are in the driving seat following their 5-1 win against Crystal Palace. Kate Natkiel netted a goal in each half along with Sophie Perry, Jodie Brett and Fliss Gibbons with Chloe Burr replying late on. London Bees meanwhile kept their chances alive after coming from two behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2. Rianna Dean and Sarah Wiltshire put Spurs two ahead but goals eigher side of the interval from Anne-Laure Davy brought the Bees back on level terms. They then took the lead on the hour through Katie Wilkinson and Connie Forman sealed the win with the fourth, six minutes from time.
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