Holders Chelsea progressed to the quarter finals of the SSE Women’s FA Cup courtesy of a 4-1 win at Doncaster Belles. The hosts took the lead on when
Jess Sigworth beat Millie Bright, sprinted 35 yards before finishing from just inside the box. This seemed to wake Chelsea up and they drew level
when a mix up in the Doncaster defence following a corner led to the Belles scoring an own goal.
Chelsea’s class shone through in the second half. They took the lead through Karen Carney who scored her first goal for the club following her move
from Birmingham. Chelsea added further goals through Aluko and JiSo Yun to give the score line a one sided look which was harsh on the hosts. Speaking
after the game Chelsea manager Emma Hayes was pleased with the side’s performance. “Our attacking play is improving on last year and the depth
of the bench is also pleasing and that’s with a few players missing today”.
When asked about her first goal for Chelsea Carney was quick to point out that the team comes first; “It’s important that we got the win today being
the current holders and the first game of the season, it’s always nervy so it was good to get the result today”. On settling in at Chelsea she
said “It’s been really good, the girls are fantastic and made me feel really welcome...Everyone’s fantastic here at Chelsea and they have all looked
after me really well”.
Elsewhere in the cup Manchester City got their season off to a fine start with a 2-0 win away at Liverpool. The round’s other all FAWSL 1 tie was a
very close affair as Birmingham and Arsenal played out a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes. The teams couldn’t be separated after extra time so penalties
were needed. Eventually Arsenal triumphed; winning 5-3.
Notts County, Sunderland, and Reading all saw off FAWSL 2 sides to progress. Notts defeated Durham 3-1 at Meadow Lane, Sunderland won 2-0 at Yeovil
and Reading eliminated Millwall with a 2-0 win.
One of the most exciting ties of the round was between the two remaining FAWPL sides. Sporting club Albion took the spoils with a 4-3 win over Brighton.
SSE Women’s FA Cup 6th round draw:
Manchester City v Sporting Club Albion
Sunderland v Reading
Chelsea v Aston Villa
Arsenal v Notts County