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The final round of group matches in the Continental Cup were played during the week, with the eight quarter finalists being decided.
There was a dramatic ending to Group A where as many as four teams still had a chance of qualifying, meaning that all three matches still had relevance in deciding the outcome of the group.
In the end it was Sheffield Utd who claimed top spot in the group but had to do it the hard way in their match against Coventry Utd. A win would make the Blades certain to go through to the last eight but it was Coventry who took the lead on the half hour through Shannon O'Brien. Things then looked bleak for Carla Ward's side as Helen Dermody, recently back from injury, doubled Coventry's lead with 25 minutes to go but shortly afterwards, they were back in the game when Katie Wilkinson reduced the arrears. The Blades piled on the pressure in the later stages with Wilkinson hitting the post but the striker was not to be denied, curling home a free kick to level the scores with three minutes remaining. The 2-2 draw took the game to a penalty shootout to decide the extra point and although it was Coventry who were the winners from the spot, the Blades had done enough to secure their place in the knockout stages.
Joining Sheffield Utd in the quarter finals are Aston Villa, who needed nothing less than a victory against Blackburn Rovers and duly won 5-2. Kerri Welsh gave Villa a flying start with a fourth minute lead and Charlotte Greengrass added a second shortly afterwards. Ellie Stewart pulled one back for Blackburn on the half hour but goals early in the second half from Shania Hayles and Amy West put Villa in firm control. Lauren Thomas reduced the arrears for Rovers just before the hour but Melissa Johnson restored the three-goal advantage six minutes later to round off the result that her side needed to go through.
Durham Women had started the day in second place but their hopes of qualification were shattered as they were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool. The Reds needed a win to stand any chance of going through and started well with Rinsola Babajide putting them ahead after nine minutes and they added two more before the break, Babajide netting her second and Niamh Charles joining her on the scoresheet. Molly Sharpe pulled a goal back for Durham after the break and they tried hard to salvage their hopes but in the end, Aston Villa's victory over Blackburn Rovers had put paid to both team's chances.
Arsenal required a point from their game with London Bees in order to confirm themselves as winners of Group B and they were to continue their free scoring form of recent weeks by scoring nine times past their Championship opponents. Goal machine Vivianne Miedema played in the first half but, for once, was not on the scoresheet and it was Katie McCabe who led the scoring with a hat-trick. Melisa Filis and Lisa Evans contributed two goals apiece and the tally was completed by Beth mead and Louise Quinn, meaning that Arsenal had won four out of five group matches and not conceded a goal in any of them.
Brighton & Hove Albion needed to win their match away to London City Lionesses to make sure of a place in the last eight and they delivered with a 4-2 victory. The Seagulls led at the break through a goal from Matilde Lundorf but the Lionesses were back on level terms two minutes after the restart, Evie Clarke slotting home from the penalty spot. Ini Umotong put Brighton back in front just before the hour, then an own goal increased their lead and Emily Simpkins netted the fourth, before Ellie Mason grabbed a consolation for the home side late on.
Bristol City had been hoping to capitalise on any possible slip ups by Brighton when they travelled to Charlton Athletic and although they registered a morale boosting 5-2 win, they had to settle for third place in the group. Emily Salmon's strike for the Vixens was cancelled out by Charlie Devlin on the half hour but after the break, Charlie Wellings put City back in front and they went on to add further goals through Katie Robinson, Vita Van der Linden and Georgia Wilson before Devlin netted her second for the Addicks in injury time.
Manchester Utd are the winners of Group C, clinching top spot with a 3-1 victory away to Birmingham City. United had gone into the game having all but qualified but the Blues could not pick up the win they wanted and go out of the competition, with holders Manchester City taking second place. United were ahead with only seconds on the clock as a Lizzie Arnot cross was fumbled into the net by Alex Brooks and Jane Ross made it two on 27 minutes. Abbi Grant kept up her recent good form in front of goal by pulling one back before half time but after a largely evenly contested second half, it was United who put the seal on the win late on when Ella Toone scored from the edge of the area.
Everton ended their campaign on a winning note, running out 4-0 winners away to Leicester City to register their first points. Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah gave Everton the lead a minute before half time and Elise Hughes made it two, a minute after the restart. Taylor Hinds added the third and Inessa Kaagman rounded off the scoring, five minutes from time.
Chelsea had been the only team to have definitely qualified before this week and they have been joined by Reading FC Women, who took second place in Group D by beating Emma Hayes' side on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Jo Potter gave Reading a fifteenth minute lead, with Deanna Cooper equalising midway through the second half, before Rachael Laws saved two Chelsea penalties in the shootout to help give her side an extra point to guarantee qualification.
West Ham Utd did all they could to try and grab a place in the last eight but finish third despite beating Crystal Palace 7-0. Leanne Kiernan, Laura Vetterlein and Adriana Leon put the Hammers three ahead at half time, before Kenza Dali and Kate Longhurst each netted twice during the second half.
Tottenham Hotspur were another team to finish on a winning note, beating Lewes 6-0. Five of the goals came in the first half with Lucy Quinn's early brace being added to by an Angela Addison hat-trick, before Lucia Leon rounded off the scoring as she netted the final goal during the second half.
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