Women's FA Cup: Chelsea, Arsenal through to quarter-finals

Chelsea duo Eni Aluko and Ji So-Yun
Image: Eni Aluko and Ji So-Yun (right) were both on target in win over Doncaster

Chelsea Ladies began their defence of their FA Women's Cup with an emphatic 4-1 win at Doncaster Rovers Belles in the Fifth Round Proper on Sunday.

Jess Sigsworth put newly-promoted Belles in front after just six minutes but a headed own goal from skipper Leandra Little made the scores level just nine minutes later. But three goals in 15 second-half minutes from Karen Carney, Ji So-Yun and Eni Aluko sealed Chelsea's passage to the quarter-finals.

Rachel Williams scored either side of an Ellen White strike as last year's runners-up Notts County Ladies eased to a 3-1 victory over Durham Women, while a second-half Hannah George header saw Aston Villa Ladies progress at the expense of 2010 winners Everton.

Arsenal Ladies needed penalties to beat 2012 winners Birmingham City after the scores were locked at 1-1 after extra-time. Former Gunner Freda Ayisi opened the scoring for Birmingham in the first half before Danielle Carter's leveller 11 minutes before the end of normal time.

With no breakthrough in the additional half hour that followed the match went to penalties. Charlie Wellings missed for Birmingham and England midfielder Jordan Nobbs slotted home the winning penalty as Arsenal went through 5-3 on spot-kicks.

Danielle Carter of Arsenal Ladies during the match with Watford Ladies in Continental Park
Image: Danielle Carter levelled for Arsenal against Birmingham

Brooke Chaplen's double gave Sunderland a 2-0 victory at Yeovil Town Ladies, and Reading Women are also through to the quarter-finals with Jade Boho-Sayo and Emma Follis on target in a 2-0 home win over Millwall Lionesses.

And Sporting Club Albion are also through after surviving a three-goal comeback from Brighton.

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The West Midlands side went three-up after early goals from Samantha Conroy, Summer Holmes and Abigail Cottam but Lisa Fulgence, Sophie Perry and Charley Boswell found the net to make it 3-3 with nine minutes remaining.

Parity did not last long though as Conroy headed in her second from Eleanor Clarke's free-kick to claim the winner two minutes later.

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