#FAWPL: Blackburn Rovers reach cup final on penalties

Blackburn Rovers celebrate Danielle Hill’s three penalty saves. (Photo: @Andrewt09At)

Blackburn Rovers reached the FAWPL Cup Final on penalties, Crystal Palace went top of the Southern Division, while the Dons derby saw the points stay in Milton Keynes.

Sunday 25th March
FA WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE

LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINAL
Blackburn Rovers 2-2(aet) Coventry United (Rovers won 3-2 on pens) (Att: 197)

NORTHERN DIVISION
Fylde 0-0 Stoke City (Att: 42)
Guiseley Vixens 0-2 Derby County
West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Bradford City (Att: 54)
Nottingham Forest 0-4 Leicester City WFC (Att: 85)

SOUTHERN DIVISION
Cardiff City LFC 2-4 C & K Basildon (Att: 80)
Chichester City 1-0 Gillingham (Att: 50)
Lewes 3-0 Queens Park Rangers (Att: 202)
Portsmouth 0-4 Crystal Palace (Att: 45)
Swindon Town 0-6 West Ham United

MIDLANDS DIVISION 1
Birmingham & West Midlands 1-1 The New Saints (Att: 20)
Long Eaton United 0-0 Sheffield United
Loughborough Foxes 3-1 Solihull Moors (Att: 20)
Sporting Khalsa 2-1 Radcliffe Olympic (Att: 20)
Steel City Wanderers 4-0 Rotherham United

NORTHERN DIVISION 1
Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Mossley Hill Athletic (Att: 104)
Brighouse Town 4-2 Chester le Street Town (Att: 92)
Hull City 4-1 Chorley (Att: 60)
Leeds United 1-0 Newcastle United (Att: 75)
Morecambe 3-1 Liverpool Marshalls Feds (Att: 32)

SOUTH EAST DIVISION 1
Actonians 3-1 Denham United (Att: 40)
Cambridge United 1-0 Luton Town (Att: 50)
Haringey Borough 2-10 Stevenage
Leyton Orient 4-1 Norwich City (Att: 63)
Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 AFC Wimbledon (Att: 85)

SOUTH WEST DIVISION 1
Keynsham Town 11-0 Maidenhead United (Att: 45)
Plymouth Argyle 6-0 Southampton Saints (Att: 40)
Southampton WFC 6-0 Brislington

Rovers retrieve two-goal deficit in reaching final

Blackburn Rovers will play Leicester City WFC in the League Cup Final, having come from two down before eventually beating Coventry United won on penalties. Coventry scored twice in a 13-minute spell straddling the interval through Keeley Davies and Helen Dermody, with the hosts hitting back on 69 minutes with a finish from Saffron Jordan, who then levelled on 90 minutes. Coventry were down to ten in extra-time due to injury but the game went to penalties and Rovers’ Danielle Hill decisively saved three of them.

Foxes fire four past Forest in first half

Stoke City’s goalless draw at Fylde was enough to move them into second place in the Northern Division. Leicester City WFC won the East Midlands derby at Nottingham Forest 4-0 to go fourth. Remarkably, all the goals came in a 13-minute first-half spell, with one apiece for Rosie Axten, Leigh Dugmore, Nicole Nymoen and Paige Stewart. Derby County beat basement side Guiseley Vixens 2-0, Shannon Weston and Lauren Cresswell getting the goals. West Brom went nine points clear of danger with a 2-1 victory over Bradford City. Jennifer Kikomeko’s first half brace included a 30-yard volley, with the Bantams pulling one back through Abi Lee with 7 minutes left.

Eagles on high

Ton up for Gemma Bryan. (Photo: @PalaceLadiesFC)

Crystal Palace put for goals past Portsmouth to go top of the Southern Division, as Gemma Bryan made it 100 goals in 3 seasons with a hat-trick, and Ellie Bailles also got on the scoresheet. C & K Basildon climbed to second after a 4-2 result at Cardiff City Ladies, where Paige Wakefield bagged a brace, one each for Angela Addison and Therese Addison. Lewes sent QPR to a 3-0 defeat, Rebecca Carter breaking the deadlock just before half-time. Danielle Lane and Sarah Kempson later adding one each. Chichester City edged Gillingham with a goal from second-half substitute Jess Lewry on 61 minutes. It’s eighteen straight defeats now for Swindon Town, after conceding six at home to West Ham, for whom Kelly Wealthall and Ellie Zoepfl got two each, Leanne Mabey and Molly Clark one each.

Loughborough looking odds on for title

Loughborough Foxes are closer to becoming Midlands Division 1 champions after they beat Solihull Moors 3-1, while their two nearest challengers both drew. However, they did go behind to a Georgia Jones goal before Chloe Young swiftly equalised and then Charlotte Cooper and Eva Rogers netted second-half efforts. Sheffield United were held to a goalless draw at Long Eaton and Birmingham & West Midlands denied TNS a win with a Charlotte Fisher effort. Sporting Khalsa beat Radcliffe Olympic by the odd goal in three despite finishing a player short due to injury. Lyndsey Glover and Gurjit Dulay got the goals for the hosts, Ellie Readman replying. Steel City netted four against Rotherham, the points being secured with three goals after the restart.

Tigresses stride clear at the top

Hull City opened up a four-point lead at the top of Northern Division 1 with a 4-1 win over Chorley, a treble for Rachael Ackroyd and single from Hope Knight. Morecambe came from behind to send second-placed Liverpool Feds to a 3-1 defeat. Brighouse Town gained ground on the Feds by beating Chester le Street 4-2, as Aimi Beresford and Charlotte Proud bagged a brace each, the visitors having levelled twice. Bolton Wanderers 3-1 win against Mossley Hill put them into fifth spot. Leeds United are up three to seventh following a single-goal success at home to Newcastle United, Carey Huegett scoring on 18 minutes.

Dons’ debutant makes the difference

MK Dons can catch South East Division 1 leaders AFC Wimbledon by winning their five games in hand, after their 1-0 victory over them, in which Kim Farrow marked her debut with a goal. Leyton Orient held second spot with a 4-1 scoreline against Norwich City, three from Sophie Le Marchand and one for Hayley Barton, while Millie Davis replied for the Canaries. Cambridge United got the only goal of the game late on through Amber Cantwell to leapfrog Luton Town into fifth. Actonians’ 3-0 defeat of Denham United put them up to eighth and saw Alessandra Barecca get all three goals. Stevenage hit Haringey 10-2, with Leah Littlechild leading the way with four goals, Donna McGuigan scoring twice, Chloe Gunn and Amy Josland one each.

Orient tackle Canaries (Photo: Brian Coombes)

Perfect pair hit six each

South West Division 1 leaders Southampton WFC made it a dozen wins in a row by hitting Brislington for six. Sheree Bell-Jack scored twice, Jane Yeates and Natasha Angel one each, plus a Chelsie Hay penalty and an own-goal. Plymouth Argyle also kept up their perfect record with a similar scoreline over Southampton Saints, a Tash Knapman treble added to by Amber Pollock, Becky Dandridge and Zoe Cunningham. Keynsham Town thrashed Maidenhead United 11-0, three for Ellie Curson, two each for Kerry Bartlett, Christine Vega and Justine Lorton, plus singles by Clarice White and Carly Bryant.