Arsenal and Man Utd advance to 5th round


Vivianne Miedema’s first-half strike was enough to send Arsenal through to the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup against London City at Meadow Park.

The visitors had frustrated the Women’s Super League leaders after goalkeeper Shae Yanez pulled off a number of saves, including a magnificent stop to deny Beth Mead.

Miedema got the only goal of the game a minute before the break when she was on hand to tap in from close range.

Republic of Ireland captain Katie McCabe played the full game for the Gunners.

Lucy Whipp scored to help Birmingham seal their progression, although they needed extra-time to see off second-tier Sunderland 2-1.

Veatriki Sarri opened the scoring for Blues with a left-footed effort into the top corner, before Keira Ramshaw equalised four minutes from time.

However, Whipp put the hosts back in front ten minutes into extra-time when she nodded in Gemma Lawley’s cross to earn victory.

Ireland internationals Louise Quinn, Harriet Scott and Emily Whelan all started for City, while Jamie Finn and Eleanor Ryan-Doyle both saw game time off the bench.

Fellow WSL strugglers Leicester fought back from a goal down to beat Tottenham 3-1 at The Hive.

Angela Addison put Spurs a goal to the good before Shannon O’Brien’s 82nd-minute strike sent the game to extra-time.

Goals from Sophie Howard and Esmee De Graaf in the additional period put the Foxes in the hat for the next round.

Diane Caldwell was on the bench for Manchester United following her move to the club earlier this week. Ella Toone sealed victory for the Reds when she cut in from the left and expertly finished after a Charlotte Buxton own goal had put the visitors ahead in the first half of a 2-0 win at Bridgwater.

Karna Solskjaer, daughter of former player of manager Ole, made her club debut late on in the fixture.

Reading edged fellow WSL side Brighton 3-2 in Crawley, with Megan Walsh starting and Megan Connolly getting the last 20 minutes for the beaten hosts. West Ham were also involved in a five-goal affair, winning 4-1 at second-tier Sheffield United.

Valerie Gauvin struck twice to help Everton beat Huddersfield 4-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium, while Liverpool thrashed Lincoln 6-0 at Prenton Park, with Leighanne Robe grabbing a hat-trick.

Leanne Kieran started for the Reds, while Niamh Fahey played the final eight minutes.

Charlton scored six second-half goals at Home Park to earn a 6-0 win over Plymouth and Ella Morris grabbed an extra-time winner as Southampton upset Bristol City 1-0 at St Mary’s.

In the day’s remaining fixtures, Durham beat Blackburn 3-1, Ipswich were 1-0 winners at Newcastle and Coventry United and West Brom needed penalties to see off Billericay and Exeter respectively.





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