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Everton produced the result of the round in the quarter finals of the Vitality Women's FA Cup when they defeated champions Chelsea 2-1.
Although this season's competition has already got underway, the quarter finals had been held over from last March in an unprecedented situation and it was Chelsea who took the lead after five minutes when a Pernille Harder cross was not cleared and Erin Cuthbert drilled home. Everton needed to withstand severe Chelsea pressure in the early stages but weathered the storm and levelled the scores six minutes before half time, Lucy Graham heading in from an Ingrid Moe-Wold centre. Just after the hour, Valerie Gauvin headed Everton in front for the first time and they held out for a hard earned victory.
Holders Manchester City travelled to Leicester City for their quarter final and despite a plucky effort from the home side, made it safely through with a 2-1 win. Chloe Kelly gave Man City the lead from the penalty spot and Georgia Stanway added a second just before half time. Leicester did not give up and brought themselves back into the game through a Charlie Devlin penalty with twelve minutes remaining but the visitors made sure there were no more setbacks in order to book their place in Thursday's semi final.
There were no surprises in the North London derby tie between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, with four second half goals taking the Gunners to a 4-0 victory. The pivotal moment of the match came with seventeen minutes remaining, when Jordan Nobbs gave Arsenal the lead with an exquisite chip from 25 yards. Lisa Evans made it two a minute later and the winger went on to crown the win for her side by completing her hat-trick with two further strikes.
Brighton & Hove Albion and Birmingham City met for the other semi final place and produced a thrilling tie which went all the way to a shootout. Sarah Mayling put Birmingham ahead after four minutes, with Dani Bowman levelling matters from the penalty spot. The Blues went back in front early in the second half through a penalty of their own, scored by Mollie Green, but Brighton - looking to reach the last four for the first time - were rewarded for late pressure when Denise O'Sullivan headed in an equaliser. Extra time could not produce a winner and the game went to penalties.
Hannah Hampton was the heroine for Birmingham with a decisive save from Megan Connolly, setting up Georgia Brougham to slot home the winning penalty and take her side to within one game of reaching the Final for a third time.
Wednesday 30th September
Birmingham City v Everton
Thursday 1st October
Manchester City v Arsenal
(both matches kick off at 7.15pm and will be shown live on BBC TV)
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