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The FA Women's Premier League Cup
Sunday 31 October 2010
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Sunderland dumped holders Leeds United out of The FA Women’s Premier League Cup with a dramatic 3-1 victory after extra time to reach the quarter finals.
Kelly McDougall put Sunderland ahead after only nine minutes but Leeds equalised through Gemma Bonner four minutes later – and it took extra time to separate the teams.
In fact, the tie remained level until the second period of extra time when McDougall and Gemma Wilscored secured an excellent victory for Sunderland.
Leicester City scored a more emphatic victory, winning 4-0 against Blackburn Rovers. Goals either side of half-time from Vicky Gallagher put City on top before Nathasha Meade and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk – the latter with a stunning 25-yard strike – secured victory.
Nottingham Forest went one better, however, by scoring five at Gilingham. They won 5-0 thanks to a Catherine Lawson hat-trick. Jemma Connor-Iommi and Katie Waddell also netted.
West Ham beat Reading 2-1 thanks to an 89th minute winner from Nina Downham after Frank Kirby cancelled out Emma Thomas’ opener.
Portsmouth scored a thrilling 5-4 victory over Aston Vila despite going 3-0 down inside the opening 15 minutes!
Goals from Louise Fellows, Natasha Merritt and Kerry Manley seemed to have put Villa in the last eight. But Shelley Cox and Emma Hillier made it 3-2 by half time and Lindsey Roe scored twice after the break to make it 4-3.
Kimberley Farrow scored for Villa to equalise but there was just time for Justine Lorton to complete a wonderful move to score an 85th minute winner.
Millwall Lionesses are also through after beating Coventry 3-1. A 50th minute own goal broke the deadlock for the Lions and five minutes later they doubled their advantage through Megan McKee. Emma Beckett made it 3-0 in the 84th minute, but two minutes from time Callan Barber struck a consolation effort for the Northern Division side.
Barnet beat Brighton 3-2 in their fixture, thanks to an injury-time effort from Jess Primnell. Southern Division Brighton went ahead through Kim Stenning after 32 minutes but Sally Wade levelled the scores just after the break.
Stacey Sowden then put the Bees in front on the hour, but it was all-square again 11 minutes from time when Sarah Kempson equalised.
There was no coming back for Brighton a second time, however, after Primnell had scored with a superb diving header a minute into added time.
Cardiff City complete the quarter final line up following a convincing 4-0 victory at Curzon Ashton. Amie Lea's 18th-minute opener put the Southern Division Bluebirds on the road to victory and although Northern Division Curzon were in the tie until the break, second half goals by Lisa Bird, Natasha Harding and Sophie Ingle gave the visitors a comfortable win in the end.