Women’s FA Cup Fourth Round Round-Up

Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Tough fixtures, tight games, surprises and upsets, the magic of the FA Cup continues...

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Paul Donegan

What a weekend that was!! The fourth round of the FA Cup didn’t disappoint! We had an upset, penalty shoot-out drama, plenty of goals, records broken and large crowds! Here is my piece looking back at it! The only shock/upset where a lower level side won against a higher side happened at the St Mary’s Stadium where Southampton won 1-0 against Bristol City in front of a crowd of 3638. There were no goals in the 90 minutes but during the additional 30 minutes, Ella Morris scored Southampton’s goal. Bristol City had a chance to equalise but Jesse Wooley missed a penalty as the National League Southern Premier Division side made it through to the fifth round. There were a few other sides who came close to causing upsets. At one of the matches I was at over the weekend, Billericay who play in the fourth tier took Championship side Coventry United to penalties. The player of the match was Billericay’s goalkeeper Alex Baker who made some brilliant saves to keep the scores level in normal time. Coventry opened the scoring in extra time thanks to Katie Wilkinson before Billericay’s Lucy Jones equalised from the penalty spot. Coventry won the penalty shoot-out 4-2 with 415 in attendance at New Lodge. Championship side Sunderland took Birmingham City to extra time before losing 2-1. Birmingham took the lead after 28 minutes with Veatriki Sarri scoring before Kiera Ramshaw equalised for Sunderland after 86 minutes. In extra time, Lucy Whipp scored the winner for Birmingham in the 100th minute as the WSL side made it through at St Andrew’s.
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Paul Donegan

The two all National League ties were both close affairs. At Kingston Park, Newcastle United took on Ipswich Town where the visitors scored the only goal of the game in the 3rd minute through Lucy O’Brien to get through to the fifth round, matching their achievements of two years ago. There was a great attendance of 2700 to watch this one. West Bromwich Albion played Exeter City at Sutton Coldfield in the other tie. After there being no goals during the 90 minutes and extra time, it went to penalties which West Brom won 4-2 to make it through to the fifth round for the first time since 2017. There were three all WSL ties. On Saturday, Chelsea started their defence of the cup with a 3-1 victory away to Aston Villa. Guro Reiten scored two and Pernille Harder scored the other from the penalty spot. Villa got a consolation goal when Petzelberger scored a penalty in the 90th minute. Brighton & Hove Albion took on Reading at The People’s Pension Stadium where Reading took a two goal lead through Vanhaevermaet and Rose. Brighton came back to make to 2-2 with Koivisto and Kayleigh Green scoring the goals. Six minutes from the end, Tia Primmer scored for Reading to make it 3-2 as they progressed. At The Hive, Tottenham Hotspur played Leicester City. After a goalless first half, Tottenham took the lead with Angela Addison scoring in the 62nd minute. Leicester equalised after 82 minutes with Shannon O’Brien getting the goal and the match went to extra time. Leicester scored twice during the extra 30 minutes through Sophie Howard and Esmee de Graaf as they won 3-1.
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Girls on the Ball

In the one all Championship tie, Durham won 3-1 at home against Blackburn Rovers. Beth Hepple opened the scoring for Durham after 31 minutes then Ejupi scored their second six minutes later. Just before half time it was 3-0 with Robson getting that goal. Blackburn did get a goal back on the hour mark through Annabel Blanchard but were unable to find the net again. As well as Birmingham v Sunderland, there were two other WSL against Championship ties. Fourteen times winners, Arsenal, started their FA Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory against London City Lionesses with Miedema scoring the only goal late in the first half. At Bramall Lane, West Ham United won 4-1 away to Sheffield United. Melisa Filis scored for West Ham after 4 minutes but Sheffield United quickly equalised through Bex Rayner. West Ham scored again after 21 minutes with Claudia Walker getting the goal. They scored another two in the second half with them coming from Brynjarsdottir and Walker scoring her second. There were another five WSL/Championship against National League ties all of which ended with victories for the higher level side. Everton took on Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium in front of a record attendance for the home side of 1168. Everton won 4-0 with the goals coming from Anvegard, a brace from Gauvin and Emsile getting the fourth. At Prenton Park, Championship leaders Liverpool beat Lincoln City 6-0 with Leighanne Robe scoring a hat-trick and the other goals coming from Stengal, Moore and Wardlaw. Plymouth Argyle’s cup run came to an end when they lost 6-0 at home to Charlton Athletic. Charlton’s six different goalscorers were Roe, Fox, Roche, Robinson, Sampson and Ross. At a sold-out Fairfax Park, Bridgwater United played Manchester United. Manchester United won 2-0 against their opponents who play in the third tier. There was an own-goal from Buxton in the 17th minute and Ella Toone added a second in the final ten minutes of the match. At the City Ground on Saturday, Manchester City beat Nottingham Forest 8-0 in what was the highest scoring game and biggest win of the fourth round. Caroline Weir opened the scoring after 3 minutes, Shaw scored the second in the 34th minute and Angeldal added a third before the break. Georgia Stanway came on as a half time sub and scored Man City’s fourth in the 50th minute. Three minutes later Lauren Hemp added a fifth and Shaw scored her second of the match in the 69th min. Stanway scored her second in the 71st minute to become Manchester City women’s all-time leading goalscorer. Stanway completed her hat-trick in injury time. There was another brilliant crowd of 3994 there to watch.
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Manchester United Women

The draw for the fifth round has taken place and here it is- Charlton Athletic v Everton Durham v Birmingham City West Bromwich Albion v Coventry United Reading v West Ham United Chelsea v Leicester City Manchester United v Manchester City Ipswich Town v Southampton Liverpool v Arsenal The ties are due to take place over the weekend of 26th/27th February. Check @VitalityWFACup on Twitter (and other socials etc) for updates on when/where they are taking place. The magic and romance of the FA Cup is alive and well! I cannot wait for the fifth round!

FA Cup, Women's Football