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Seven of the eight quarter final berths in the FA Continental Tyres Cup have been confirmed following the last full round of matches and the last one will be decided on Sunday.
Manchester Utd will be the only team from the Championship to make it through to the last eight and they have booked their place, as winners of Group Two North, with a 3-0 victory away to Everton. All of the goals were scored during the first half, Lauren James heading United in front with ten minutes on the clock, then Leah Galton added the second shortly afterwards and Katie Zelem rounded off the scoring via a free kick. The other group game, between Reading FC Women and Liverpool, finished in a 1-1 draw with Rachel Furness having given Reading a second half lead and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk equalising a minute later. Liverpool won the resulting shootout which means they can still qualify but need a large margin of victory in their re-arranged tie with Everton on Sunday.
Manchester City finished off their Group One North matches by winning 4-0 at Aston Villa. Gemma Bonner headed them in front midway through the first half and Janine Beckie ensured they were two goals ahead at half time. Villa worked hard and competed well throughout the game but were further undone by two late goals from youngsters Jess Park and Lauren Hemp. Birmingham City safely negotiated their final match against Bristol City to go through, although they were beaten on penalties on the night, the teams sharing a goalless draw before the Vixens won 3-1 from the spot. Sheffield Utd finished off on a winning note, beating Leicester City 3-1 with goals from Sophie Jones, Chloe Dixon and Danielle Cox, before Ella Franklin-Fraiture scored a consolation for Leicester.
Group One South winners Chelsea made it five wins out of five when running out 5-0 winners away to Tottenham Hotspur, whose qualification chances were brought to an end. Deanna Cooper and Ali Riley put Chelsea two ahead inside the opening twenty minutes and after half time, Karen Carney made it three before Beth England added a second half double. Brighton & Hove Albion take the second spot following their 4-1 victory away to Yeovil Town. Ellie Brazil gave the Seagulls a first half lead which was cancelled out by Emily Syme, but Danielle Buet put Brighton back in front on the stroke of half time and they added further goals after the break through Kayleigh Green and Bethan Roe. Crystal Palace end up in third after beating London Bees 7-2, spearheaded by a four-goal haul from Ashlee Hincks. Chloe Burr added two and Charmaine True was also on target, with Lauren Pickett and Anna-Laure Davy replying.
Holders Arsenal are the third team through with a 100% record, which they confirmed with a 3-1 success away to Millwall Lionesses. However, Millwall did lead at half time through a goal from Gabby Ravenscroft but hopes of a shock were extinguished after the break when Vivianne Miedema, Ruby Grant and Leah Williamson all scored for the Gunners. West Ham Utd needed a point to make sure of second place and qualification, which they duly achieved with a 2-0 victory at Charlton Athletic. The first half was goalless but Rosie Kmita put the Hammers ahead within a minute of the restart and in-form striker Alisha Lehmann added the second goal ten minutes later.
Photo - Izzy Ford of Sheffield Utd is challenged by Freya Thomas of Leicester City (Julian Barker).
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