FA Cup 5th Round Round-Up

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Review of all the action of the FA Cup 5th Round including the matches of history making quarter finalists Ipswich Town and Coventry United.


Paul Donegan

There were no upsets or real surprises in the fifth round of the FA Cup over the weekend but there was drama, spectacular goals and saves, record attendances, a goalkeeper scoring and a National League side reaching the quarter-finals which is where I will start this round up of the weekend’s action! 1,167 people, a record attendance for an Ipswich Town home game, saw these two National League Southern Premier Division rivals meet at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe. There were no goals in the 90 minutes so it went to extra time. Anna Grey gave Ipswich the lead in the 110th minute before Southampton goalkeeper Kayla Rendell headed in a corner to score a dramatic equaliser in injury time at the end of extra time. It finished 1-1 so went to penalties. Sarah Quantrill saved two of the Southampton penalties as Joe Sheehan’s Ipswich won the shoot-out 4-2 to make it through to the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. Another National League side looking to make it through to the quarter-finals were West Bromwich Albion who took on Coventry United in a West Midlands derby. It was Coventry United who took the lead after 6 minutes with Alanah Mann scoring her first senior goal. Nat Johnson made it 2-0 after 23 minutes with a great strike from outside the area. West Brom got a goal back when in the 31st minute Shannon Stamps scored but Coventry United restored their two goal lead on the stroke of half time when Katie Wilkinson got a goal. Coventry United were reduced to ten players in the 75th minute when Haigh was sent off and West Brom were awarded a penalty which Leigh Dugmore scored. Coventry United wrapped up the win in the 87th minute when Olivia Fergusson got their fourth. It finished 4-2 as Coventry United are another side to make the quarter-finals for the first time and after going into voluntary liquidation two months ago then being saved at the last moment, this seems a bit of a fairy tale and that magic of the cup!

Paul Donegan

In the Manchester derby, Katie Zelem gave United the lead after 13 minutes when she scored directly from a corner and that is how it stayed until half time. City equalised after 50 minutes when Lauren Hemp scored with a nice finish. Ellen White gave City the lead when she got onto a poor defensive header and rounded Earps to score. It was 3-1 two minutes later when Caroline Weir scored again in a Manchester derby when her shot beat Earps at the near post. Bunny Shaw completed the scoring as she added City’s fourth from close range in the 79th minute. The sides top of the WSL and Championship took on each other at Prenton Park where a record crowd for Liverpool at that ground of 1,851 watched. Caitlin Foord gave Arsenal the lead after 19 minutes (given as an og in some media?). Katie McCabe scored a spectacular volley from outside the area after 31 minutes to make it 2-0 and a few minutes later Foord scored another really good goal as she shot on the turn from the edge of the area. Kim Little scored Arsenal’s fourth in the second half when she was played through and finished with a low shot into the net. Arsenal could have scored more after that but it finished 4-0 as the fourteen times winners reached the quarter-finals. In Saturday’s only FA Cup tie, holders Chelsea took on Leicester at Kingsmeadow. Leicester started really well and had chances in the first 15 minutes or so, but the game changed when Sophie Howard was sent off for them after 17 minutes. Chelsea scored twice before half time with Pernille Harder getting both. Sam Kerr made it 3-0 on the hour mark then Ji scored a fourth for Chelsea five minutes later. Aniek Nouwen scored her first goal for Chelsea in the 79th minute before Sam Kerr scored her second and Bethany England headed in Chelsea’s seventh to complete the scoring in the 85th minute. 2,723 were there to watch it, which I guess was also the total worldwide audience watching this match live!

Paul Donegan

There were two more Championship sides at home against WSL teams in the fifth round, both of which had the look of potential upsets about them. At The Oakwood, Charlton took on Everton on which was a very sunny afternoon. Everton scored a goal in each half with Kenza Dali and Anna Anvegard getting them as it finished 2-0 to the WSL side. Eartha Cumings in goal for Charlton made a few fantastic saves though. Durham played Birmingham at Maiden Castle where again it was the WSL side who got through with the only goal of the game coming from Louise Quinn after 78 minutes. The final tie in this round up was an all WSL clash between Reading and West Ham at the Select Car Leasing Stadium. It was goalless after 90 minutes so it went to extra time during which Dagny Brynjarsdottir scored for West Ham. There were no more goals as the visitors won 1-0 and made it through to the quarter-finals. Ipswich Town, Coventry United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Birmingham City and West Ham United are the eight sides who have made it through to the quarter-finals which are due to take place on Sunday 20th March.

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FA Cup Quarter Finals are as follows: Chelsea v Birmingham City Arsenal v Coventry United Manchester City v Everton Ipswich Town v West Ham United

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