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Women’s FA Cup: Arsenal beat West Ham as minnows Ipswich reach fifth round


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Women’s FA Cup: Arsenal beat West Ham as minnows Ipswich reach fifth round

Katie McCabe fired Arsenal ahead after just 15 minutes at West HamKatie McCabe and Lia Walti struck to send 14-time winners Arsenal into the Women’s FA Cup fifth round with a 2-0 win at last year’s runners-up West Ham.McCabe found the top corner in the first half before Walti’s classy volley – her first Arsenal…

Women’s FA Cup: Arsenal beat West Ham as minnows Ipswich reach fifth round

Katie McCabe fired Arsenal ahead after just 15 minutes at West Ham

Katie McCabe fired Arsenal ahead after just staunch 15 minutes at West Ham

Katie McCabe and Lia Walti struck to ship 14-time winners Arsenal into the Females’s FA Cup fifth round with a 2-0 bear within the slay year’s runners-up West Ham.

McCabe came across the pause nook within the first half before Walti’s natty volley – her first Arsenal goal – sealed the all high-flight affair after the crash.

In diversified areas, Females’s Colossal League facet Tottenham beat fourth-tier Barnsley 5-0 and Liverpool thrashed Blackburn 8-1.

Fourth-tier Ipswich beat Huddersfield 4-1 as Maddie Biggs, 16, hit three.

Ipswich are the bottom-ranked facet closing within the competition after fellow Nationwide League Division One South East outfit Billericay Town lost on penalties at 2nd-tier membership Lewes.

There had been furthermore wins for Bristol City, Everton, Birmingham, Chelsea, Finding out and Brighton as every WSL facet taking on lower-league opposition evaded a cup upset.

Sunday’s 15 winners join Manchester City, who beat opponents Manchester United on Saturday, within the fifth-round draw on Monday at 18: 40 GMT that would possibly maybe maybe be shown are living on Sportsday on the BBC News Channel and online here.

Shrimp disaster for prime-flight sides

Rinsola Babajide has but to rating within the Females’s Colossal League this season nonetheless netted four against Blackburn

Seven fourth-round ties pitted WSL clubs against Championship opposition – and the pause-flight facet prevailed on every occasion, albeit with pretty a lot of degrees of comfort.

Rinsola Babajide scored four in Liverpool’s hammering of Blackburn, whereas their Merseyside opponents Everton eked out a 1-0 bear at house to London Bees courtesy of Inessa Kaagman’s spectacular strike.

England’s most-capped participant Fara Williams scored twice as Finding out gained 5-0 at London City Lionesses, whereas Drew Spence and Emily Murphy netted two apiece as Chelsea triumphed 4-0 on the Championship’s bottom facet Charlton.

The three other ties between high-flight and 2nd-tier clubs looked the likeliest to provide an upset, as sides flying high within the Championship took on struggling WSL clubs, nonetheless they peaceable yielded no shocks.

Durham, quarter-finalists in every of the past two seasons, came the closest, taking the WSL’s bottom facet Bristol City to further time before bowing out to a Katie Robinson goal for the hosts.

Harriet Scott scored twice as Birmingham City, 10th within the WSL, gained 3-0 at Sheffield United, whereas Championship leaders Aston Villa lost 3-2 at house to Hope Powell’s Brighton & Hove Albion.

Teen’s treble, shootout sorrow and a 78th-minute abandonment

With these ties going to form, it changed into left to the minnows to provide the important cup drama – and to boot they didn’t disappoint.

Whereas the mountainous enormous-killing opportunity of the round fell by the wayside, as Nationwide League Division One North leaders Barnsley had been wisely overwhelmed at a Spurs facet from three leagues above, Ipswich saved the fourth-tier flag flying on an unforgettable day for child Biggs.

She netted a first-half hat-trick as the Suffolk facet, who sit 2nd in Division One South East, apprehensive third-tier outfit Huddersfield on the John Smith’s Stadium.

Billericay came shut to making it two fourth-tier groups within the final 16 nonetheless, having held Championship outfit Lewes 1-1 after further time, they lost the penalty shootout 5-4 as Zoe Rushen’s scrape-kick hit the put up.

There would possibly maybe but be one more fourth-tier facet within the hat as eight-time Cup winners Southampton FC count on an FA ruling over their abandoned recreation with Championship facet Crystal Palace.

Palace led 3-0 when the referee referred to as a pause to court cases on 78 minutes, adjudging the pitch changed into too waterlogged to proceed.

Rule 11(b) of the FA Females’s Cup states: “When any match has been abandoned after it has commenced nonetheless before it has been finished, the Females’s Soccer Board shall take care of the matter as it sees fit in its absolute discretion.”

BBC Sport understands the FA plans to determine the tie’s station before Monday evening’s fifth-round draw.

In diversified areas, fourth-tier Southampton Females – the facet affiliated with the males’s team – lost 4-1 to Championship facet Coventry United at St Mary’s, whereas Sunderland, 2-0 winners over Watford, are the staunch third-tier facet within the draw after Burnley’s 3-1 loss at house to 2nd-tier Leicester City.

Sunday’s Females’s FA Cup fourth-round results

Bristol City 1-0 Durham (AET)

Burnley 1-3 Leicester City

Everton 1-0 London Bees

Huddersfield Town 1-4 Ipswich Town

Lewes 1-1 Billericay Town (Lewes gained 5-4 on penalties AET)

Liverpool 8-1 Blackburn

Sheffield United 0-3 Birmingham City

Southampton 1-4 Coventry United

Sunderland 2-0 Watford

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Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Barnsley

West Ham United 0-2 Arsenal

Charlton Athletic 0-4 Chelsea

London City Lionesses 0-5 Finding out

Southampton FC A-A Crystal Palace (recreation abandoned after 78 minutes with Palace leading 3-0)

Aston Villa 2-3 Brighton & Hove Albion

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