3rd Round Results:
Middlesbrough 1 – 6 Sunderland
Charlton Athletic 1 – 2 Oxford United (attendance 157)
Newcastle United 2 – 1 Plymouth Argyle
Coventry City 2 – 1 Morecambe
Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 4 Cardiff City
Reading 4 – 2 Brighton and Hove Albion
Portsmouth 5 – 0 QPR
Ipswich Town 0 – 2 Aston Villa
Barnet 0 – 3 Yeovil Town
Leafield Athletic 2 – 3 Sporting Club Albion
Preston North End 3 – 2 Millwall Lionesses
Swindon Town 0 – 1 Gillingham (aet)
Leeds United 3 – 2 West Ham United
Manchester City 3 – 2 Sheffield FC (attendance 116)
Derby County 0 – 4 Watford
Charlton ladies are situated in the national premier league, being one below the Super League. Their contenders Oxford United are currently sitting top of the south combinations after just being promoted last season. This makes them two leagues below charlton and were therefore the clear underdogs in this tie. The Addicks went 1-0 up within 10 minutes through a tap-in from Jenny Newman after a Gemma Bryan shot was parried. Oxford looked to score later in the first half with new signing Katie Stanley but it was instead called offside whilst Charlton keeper Megen Lynch made some good saves to keep them 1-0 up going into half time. Oxford later equalised with a header from Lauren Allison and then used this momentum to later pull off this great cup shock with a fantastic free kick from Natasha Caswell. This result makes Oxford the first combination side to beat a national division team in the FA cup for nine years, (since 2004 when Cardiff City beat Everton 1-0).
Yeovil also pull off a surprise win with a 3-0 win away to Barnet who are also a national division side. Yeovil are one league above Oxford United in the Southern Premier but were still classed as major underdogs in this tie. But again, cup games have caused lots of surprise in many games this year showing in the men’s FA Cup and Capital One cup that underdogs are never ruled out. Yeovil’s goals all came from Stacey Pearson who bagged a Hatrick to send her side through to the fourth round. This is the first time in 3 years Yeovil have reached this stage whilst Oxford United have never reached the 4th round after coming close last year but were to be knocked out by Man City in the 3rd round. Both underdogs go through.
Sunderland eased their way into the next round, as the black cats ran out 6-1 winners in a north east derby away at Middlesbrough. Keira Ramshaw scored a Hatrick in that tie while her teammates bagged 3 more through Beth Mead, Natalie Gutteridge and a Becky Salicki penalty- The consolation goal coming from Jenny Dixon for Borough. Portsmouth also glided into the fourth round with a 5-0 win at QPR, Charley Wilson scoring 4 goals in that game including an excellent lob in the first 8 minutes. The 5th came after McGee smashed home a 25 yard free kick.
Plymouth were close at Newcastle who just clinched the 2-1 win after a Plymouth header was cleared off the line late in the second half. Goals in that game coming from Jess Havelock, Charlotte Potts and Rebekah Rose, making Plymouth’s long journey home a disappointing one.
4th Round Draw:
Yeovil Town V Portsmouth
Gillingham V Sheffield United or Nottingham Forest
Coventry V Manchester City
Watford V Leeds United
Cardiff City V Reading FC
Oxford United V Newcastle United
Sporting Club Albion V Sunderland
Aston Villa V Preston North End
Oxford and Yeovil both rewarded with home ties after their performances this weekend. Portsmouth have already played Yeovil this year in the Premier League Cup which ended 3-2 to Pompey. Watford and Leeds head together in a massive clash of second and third placed premier league sides While Cardiff are stuck with a mid table clash with Manchester City
The eight super league sides come in at round 5 whilst winners of this round receive a £500 reward from the FA prize fund.
Written By Lauren Allison (185)