#SSEWomensFACup 4th Rd: Man United Women down Seagulls

Lauren James got both goals as Manchester United eliminated Brighton. (Photo: Jon Super for The FA)

Manchester United caused an SSE Women’s FA Cup upset at Brighton, while West Ham had to come from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers in a weather affected programme.

SSE Women’s FA Cup 4th Round results for 3rd February

Fourth Round winners receive £2,000 each from The FA prize fund.

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Manchester United (Att: 764)
AFC Wimbledon 0-3 Bristol City (Att: 410)
Charlton Athletic P-P Huddersfield Town
Crawley Wasps 0-4 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Durham P-P Cardiff City LFC
Everton 0-2 Chelsea
Leicester City WFC 0-2 London Bees
Liverpool P-P MK Dons
Loughborough Foxes P-P Sheffield United
Millwall Lionesses P-P Lewes
Reading P-P Keynsham Town
Stoke City P-P Aston Villa
West Ham United 3-1 Blackburn Rovers
Yeovil Town P-P Birmingham City

James brace sees Man United beat Brighton

Manchester United went through 2-0 at top tier Brighton with two second-half goals from Lauren James.

Ella Toone and Charlie Devlin went close for United and Aileen Whelan for Albion, before James broke the deadlock from a Jess Sigsworth delivery 6 minutes after the restart.

It was stoppage-time before Casey Stoney’s side sealed their victory, James running into the box to slot home from close range.

Hammers hit back to knock out Rovers

West Ham had to come from behind to see off a Blackburn Rovers side from two levels lower.

Natasha Flint had the underdogs ahead on 14 minutes at the second attempt from a Lagan Makin ball but Adriana Leon replied in first-half added time, following up a save by Danielle Gibbons.

Brianna Visalli out the Hammers ahead with 18 minutes to go and then turned provider for Leon to double her tally.

Second-half goals see holders through

Everton held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Southport early in the league season and it was again 0-0 at half-time.

Katrin-Ann Berger had to turn away a strike from Channy Boye-Hlorkah and at the other end Erin Cuthbert forced a great stop from Kirstie Levell.

The home keeper was eventually beaten as Drew Spence capped a good team move with the opened goal midway through the second half. Jonna Andersson should have made it 2-0 but blazed over from close range.

Progress into the last sixteen was confirmed late on for the holders, as Hannah Blundell bundled the ball over the line after Fran Kirby’s effort was parried.

Grant treble ensures win over valiant Wasps

FAWNL debutants Crawley Wasps went out against the might of Arsenal, whose Ruby Grant got three goals.

The Wasps fell behind on 17 minutes as Kim Little worked herself a yard of space inside the box to fire past Frankie Gibbs.

Grant got the Gunners’ second shortly before the interval from a Katrine Veje delivery. Grant found the net again 15 minutes from the end with a shot on the turn.

Sari van Veenendaal prevented Faye Rabson pulling a goal back, with Megan Stow then shooting narrowly wide before Grant completed her hat-trick.

Dons defeated by Vixens

Abi Harrison (r) scores after a few seconds with Sian Wylie closing in. (Photo: www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

Fourth tier AFC Wimbledon bowed out at home to top flight Bristol City, with the Vixens getting all the three goals up in the first 36 minutes.

Abi Harrison scored seconds into her full debut, driving a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Katie Robinson fired home for a Poppy Pattinson cross and Poppy Wilson beat two defenders before tucking away the third.

Spurs put out Palace

Ashleigh Neville nets Tottenham’s second against Crystal Palace. (Photo: @ThlfcOfficial)

Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur were meeting for the fourth time this season and it was Spurs who were on their way to a third win with two goals in the last 5 minutes of the first 45.

Rianna Dean was denied by Lucy Gillett but Jessica Naz put away the rebound and then in injury time Ashleigh Neville burst into the box and shot into the bottom corner.

It was 3-0 in the 55th minute when Coral-Jade Haines smashed home from a Lucia Leon lay-off.

Foxes bow out to Bees

Both games between Leicester City WFC and London Bees this campaign had gone the way of the home team, but this cup clash provided an away victory.

The Bees took just 7 minutes to score through Katie Wilkinson, who got on the end of an Annabel Johnson free kick.

The lead was doubled before the hour mark, Wilkinson flicking on Destiney Toussaint’s cross for Ruesha Littlejohn to finish.

The Foxes were given the opportunity to get back into the tie but Rosie Axten’s penalty hit the post.

Postponed matches will be rescheduled for next weekend.

The Fifth Round Draw will be broadcast live on the BBC News Channel during Sportsday (and also on BBC Sport website) from 6.30pm on Monday 4 February.

Tickets for this season’s Final, which will take place on Saturday 4 May 2019, are already on sale priced £15 for adults while kids go free.

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