#SSEWomensFACup 5th Rd: Chelsea Women beat Gunners, Durham cause shock

Lisa Robertson bagged a brace for Durham as they won at Bristol City. (Photo: Richard Lee for The FA)

SSE Women’s FA Cup holders Chelsea went through, Durham pulled off a shock win and Aston Villa made a remarkable comeback to reach the last eight.

SSE Women’s FA Cup 5th Round results on 17 Feb

Winning teams receive £3,000 from The FA prize fund

Liverpool 2-0 Millwall Lionesses
Bristol City 0-2 Durham
Reading 2-1 Birmingham City
Chelsea 3-0 Arsenal (Att: 2,232)
Manchester United 3-0 London Bees
West Ham United 8-1 Huddersfield Town
Aston Villa 3-3 Sheffield United (aet, Villa won 5-4 on pens) 
Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Manchester City (Att: 1,158)

Holders Chelsea eliminate Arsenal

Chelsea might have suffered a 5-0 home league defeat against Arsenal but the repeat of last season’s cup final clash brought victory for the hosts.

Chelsea were ahead on 5 minutes after Emma Mitchell conceded possession to Erin Cuthbert and she set up Beth England to finish.

The lead looked fragile for a time as Magda Eriksson blocked an effort from Danielle van de Donk and forced her own keeper – Ann-Katrin Berger – to tip the ball over and then Katie McCabe struck the post, all in the opening 10 minutes.

However, Emma Hayes’ side got a second goal 6 minutes from half time, a good move capped by Jonna Andersson’s strike from outside the box.

It was 3-0 before the hour mark and game over as England got away from the Gunners’ defence to give Pauline Peyraud-Magnin no chance.

Beth Mead should have pulled one back with 13 minutes left but Berger got down to make the save.

Wildcats stun Vixens

Championship promotion-chasers Durham pulled off a 2-0 win at their WSL hosts Bristol City.

Zoe Ness sent Lisa Robertson through to give the Wildcats the lead inside the last quarter of the match.

In added time Robertson struck again to seal victory in dramatic fashion from the halfway line.

Super-sub sends Royals into sixth round

Reading were 2-1 winners over Birmingham City with a strike from substitute Rakel Honnudottir.

Kirsty Pearce headed home for Reading in the 69th minute but Aoife Mannion replied from the spot after Ellen White was brought down by Grace Moloney.

Honnudottir made an immediate impact when coming off the bench, firing past Laura Hampton to restore the Royals lead on 82 minutes.

Hammers tame Terriers

Huddersfield Town’s Ella Harris tackles Erin Simon of West Ham. (Photo: www.jamesprickett.co.uk)

West Ham easily won through against Huddersfield but only after fighting back from a goal down to the team from two levels below them.

Town’s Kate Mallin converted a penalty but Kate Longhurst levelled inside the half-hour mark and Leanne Kiernan then put the Hammers ahead. Aleisha Lehmann and Jane Ross then hit two quick goals before the break to put the result beyond doubt.

Rosie Kmita and Brianna Visalli added one each for West Ham, Kiernan then scoring twice for her hat-trick.

Man United beat Bees

Manchester United made it three wins from three against London Bees this season, as Rachel Yankey took charge of their visitors for the first time.

Ella Toone followed up a four-goal midweek haul with United’s opener and Mollie Green brought down a Lizzie Arnott delivery to turn and tuck way the second on 32 minutes.

Lauren James set up the third for Charlie Devlin, who lobbed the keeper in the dying minutes.

Man City overcome Spurs hurdle

Spurs tackled Manchester City in front of their record crowd at Cheshunt FC. (Photo: @ThlfcOfficial)

Manchester City broke the deadlock at Tottenham with a 25-yard Steph Houghton and Lauren Hemp increased the advantage with a lobbed effort to send the WSL leaders in 2-0 up at the interval.

Gemma Bonner added a third on the follow-up from a Chloe Morgan save but the FAWC’s top team missed a great chance to respond as Angela Addison won a spot-kick but saw it saved by Ellie Roebuck.

Lionesses lose out to Liverpool

Championship basement side Millwall bowed out of the competition at top flight Liverpool by two goals to nil.

Kirsty Linnett netted with a powerful strike as Liverpool broke the deadlock against Millwall with around an hour played.

Rinsola Babajide sealed the Reds progress with the second goal midway through the half, cutting inside to fire home.

Hutton the hero in Villa fightback 

Jodie Hutton played a bit part in Aston Villa’s victory. (Photo: Paul Currie for The FA)

Aston Villa staged a dramatic and very late come back against Sheffield FC, as Jodie Hutton hit a hat-trick and also the winning penalty.

Maddie Cusack sent Sheffield United into the lead with a close-range finish against her former side but the Blades had Phoebe Warner stretchered off in the first half.

Ebony Salmon was the second ex-Villa player to score for the visitors, making it 2-0 with half an hour to go.

Hutton ran through to halve the deficit with quarter of an hour remaining and although Rebecca Rayner fired the Blades 3-1 in front, in the last 4 minutes Hutton converted a penalty and completed a treble with the last kick to force extra time.

Sheffield hit the bar 5 minutes from a shoot-out and when it came down to penalties, Hutton was again the hero for Villa with the decisive kick.

The sixth round draw will be made live on the BBC News channel from 6.30pm on Monday.

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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