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Chelsea continued their defence of the SSE Women's FA Cup with a 3-0 victory over Arsenal.
In a repeat of last season's Final, Chelsea opened the scoring after five minutes through Beth England and after Katie McCabe had hit the post at the other end, Jonna Anderson put Chelsea two ahead just before half time via a long range strike. England secured the win for her side when she scored her second after the break.
Durham Women produced the result of the day when they won 2-0 away to Bristol City. After a largely uneventful first half, Heather Payne headed narrowly over for City from an Ella Rutherford cross and three minutes later, Lisa Robertson seized on a miscued clearance to fire Durham in front with an angled shot. City could make little impression against a strong Durham defence and the Wildcats made the game safe in injury time, Robertson picking up a loose ball on the halfway line and steering a shot into the empty net to clinch the win.
Aston Villa are through to the quarter finals after getting the better of Sheffield Utd on a penalty shootout following a thrilling 3-3 draw. The Blades led 2-0 at one stage but Jodie Hutton's hat-trick replied to goals from Maddy Cusack, Ebony Salmon and Rebecca Rayner and Hutton completed a great day for herself when she scored the winner from the spot.
Manchester City safely negotiated a difficult tie away to Tottenham Hotspur with a 3-0 victory. Steph Houghton gave City a first half lead via a free kick and Lauren Hemp added a second ahead of the interval. Gemma Bonner completed the scoring from a corner, early in the second half.
In the second all-WSL tie, Reading FC Women emerged as 2-1 winners over Birmingham City. After a goalless first half, captain Kirsty Pearce headed Reading in front from a free kick. The Blues hit back to level the scores through an Aoife Mannion penalty but with six minutes remaining, Rakel Honnudottir's neat finish settled matters in Reading's favour.
Manchester Utd are through to the quarter finals for the first time following their 3-0 victory against London Bees. Rachel Yankey took charge of the Bees for the first time but it was not to be a winning start for the former England international, Ella Toone and Mollie Green putting United two ahead at half time, with Charlie Devlin netting the third goal late on.
The last remaining FAWNL side bowed out of the competition as Huddersfield Town were beaten 8-1 by West Ham Utd. Leanne Kiernan hit a hat-trick for the Hammers along with Kate Longhurst, Jane Ross, Alisha Lehmann, Rosie Kmita and Brianna Visalli whilst Town's consolation came from Kate Mallin (see match report).
Liverpool are in the quarter finals once again after they defeated Millwall Lionesses 2-0. Kirsty Linnett produced a powerful strike just before the hour to break Millwall's resistance and ten minutes later, Rinsola Babajide marked her return from injury by scoring the second against her former club.
The draw for the quarter finals has been made and Manchester City take on Liverpool in the only all-WSL tie. Durham Women have been rewarded with a plum home tie against holders Chelsea whilst West Ham Utd go to Aston Villa and Reading FC Women host Manchester Utd in an intriguing tie.
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