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Sheffield Utd recorded the result of the day as the 2019-20 FA Women's Continental League Cup got underway.
The Blades were the only team to record a victory over higher league opposition, coming from behind to beat Liverpool 3-2.
Ashley Hodson gave Liverpool the lead midway through the first half, but the Blades were back on level terms just before the hour when Katie Wilkinson headed in from a corner. Niamh Charles quickly put the Reds back in front but United were not to be denied, Maddy Cusack powering in a long range strike and then in injury time, Jade Pennock continued her habit of grabbing late winning goals to secure a shock result for her side.
Durham Women are the team which sits on top of Group A after they defeated Aston Villa 3-0. In the clash between the sides occupying the top two places in the FA Women's Championship table, the Wildcats took control of the game during the first half when in-form striker Molly Sharpe netted a double. Abby Holmes sealed the win midway through the second half when she scored from a Beth Hepple corner.
The other game in the group saw the competition's two debutants face each other with Coventry Utd and Blackburn Rovers battling out a 1-1 draw. Ellie Stewart gave Rovers a first half lead from the penalty spot, with Coventry hitting back just after the hour through a good strike from Amber Hughes. Neither team could find a winner and it was Coventry who took the extra point by winning 4-3 on penalties, Jade Formaston slotting home the decisive kick after Sue Wood had saved the previous attempt.
Manchester City meanwhile started their defence of the trophy with a 5-0 victory over Leicester City. Pauline Bremer netted twice for the third match in a row and Caroline Weir also weighed in with a brace, whilst Tessa Wullaert added the other goal.
The other match in a strong looking Group C resulted a 1-0 win for Birmingham City against Everton. Rachel Williams settled the match in Birmingham's favour with a 73rd minute header from a corner for her first goal since returning from a long term injury and revenge for the Blues, for their league defeat at the hands of the Toffees on the opening day of the season.
In Group B, Arsenal made an ominous start as they scored five times without reply away to London City Lionesses. In the first ever meeting between the clubs, the five-time winners got off to a strong start with Beth Mead and Jill Roord scoring either side of the half hour mark and Emma Mitchell adding a third early in the second half. The Lionesses competed well throughout the game but the day belonged to Mead, who was playing as a striker, and she netted twice more to complete her hat-trick.
Bristol City meanwhile opened up with a 3-0 victory against London Bees. Carla Humphrey gave City a seventh minute lead which was quickly doubled by Ebony Salmon. Amelia Hazard struck the post for the Bees but the Vixens went on to crown the win late on when Abi Harrison scored the third.
Brighton & Hove Albion continued their encouraging start to the new season as they won 3-0 away to Charlton Athletic. The Addicks defended well until the stroke of half time, when Ini Umotong rose highest to head in the opening goal from a corner. Kayleigh Green then rounded off the win for the Seagulls by scoring two second half penalties.
Reading FC Women are the opening leaders of Group D after running out 4-0 winners at Tottenham Hotspur. The Royals went ahead through Brooke Chaplen during the first half and the striker added her second soon after the break. An Ashleigh Neville own goal increased Reading's lead and Millie Farrow netted the final goal a minute later.
Two second half goals saw Chelsea to a 2-0 success against West Ham Utd. After a goalless first half, Beth England brole the deadlock ten minutes after the restart and Guro Reiten wrapped up the win with twenty minutes remaining.
Crystal Palace meanwhile emerged as 3-2 victors from an entertaining match at Lewes. Magda Mosengo gave Palace an early lead which was quickly cancelled out by Zoe Ness, but Palace went back in front almost straight away through Cherelle Khassal. Amy Taylor levelled matters once again but Palace were not to be denied and Rea Laudat scored the winner with ten minutes to play.
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