The Vitality Women's FA Cup

Fearless Foxes knock Manchester United out of Vitality Women's FA Cup in fifth round

Sunday 16 May 2021
Youri Tielemans' stunner clinched a first Emirates FA Cup triumph for Leicester on Saturday - and the club's female side followed in their victorious footsteps 24 hours later

Manchester United were fired out of the fifth round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup with a thrilling 3-2 loss to Championship side Leicester City. 

Head coach Casey Stoney’s final match with the Red Devils was even at the break after goals from Jess Sigsworth and Shannon O’Brien. 

But Scottish striker Jane Ross made it 2-1 just after half time with a left-footed effort from the edge of the area.  

Vitality Women's FA Cup
  • Fifth round proper
  • Sunday 16 May 2021
Hannah Cain capitalised on a poor back pass to bring Leicester level again, and Natasha Flint added another two minutes later to put the Foxes firmly through to the quarter-finals for a second successive season. 

With the upset, Leicester, who secured promotion to the Barclays FA Women's Super League in April, are now one step closer to mirroring the success of the men’s squad, who stunned Chelsea 1-0 to win the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday. 

Joe Montemurro had better luck in his final game with Arsenal, leading the Gunners to an overwhelming 9-0 win over Crystal Palace. 

Noelle Maritz scored twice in the second half, while Dutch international Jill Roord, bound for Wolfsburg next season, also managed a goal in her final match for the club.

After upsetting Championship side Lewes FC in round four, Southampton were outdone by top-flight Birmingham City 3-2.  

Mollie Green’s first-half strike put Birmingham 1-0 ahead at half-time. 

Birmingham added to their total after the break, going up 2-0 on an Emily Murphy header in the 60th minute, followed six minutes later by a successful free kick from Sarah Mayling. 

The Saints threatened a late comeback with goals from Ella Morris and Ella Pusey in the 84th and 87th minutes, but it wasn’t enough to see them through.

Meanwhile, Manchester City ended round five on a high with a 5-1 victory over fellow top-flight side West Ham. 

Ellen White’s opener was cancelled out by an Anouk Denton header at the back post, before Janine Beckie, Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis and Lauren Hemp secured City’s place in the last eight.

Tottenham Hotspur needed extra-time to beat Sheffield United 2-1 in a feisty performance from the Blades against their FA WSL opponents. 

It looked to be anyone’s game until Kit Graham headed home a cross to seal the win in the 108th minute.

Elsewhere, Brighton & Hove Albion thumped Huddersfield Town 6-0, with Danique Kerkdijk’s second-half double adding to the damage.

Goals from Nora Heroum, Rianna Jarrett, and Fliss Gibbons, as well as an own goal from Huddersfield, saw the Blues ease past the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier Division side. 

Charlton Athletic avoided an exit as they edged past Blackburn Rovers 1-0.

The sides were locked until Jess King’s strike to the bottom right corner proved decisive in the 78th minute. 

Blackburn continued to struggle as last gasp volleys from Elsie Hughes and Tasha Fenton were blocked with three minutes to spare, bringing the Blues’ Cup campaign to an end.  

By FA Staff