There was no upset in the FA Women’s Cup Round 5 ties as all the favourites went through to the quarter finals, with Birmingham City the only team close to an upset as they took Manchester City to extra time.
1. Arsenal 1 Millwall 0
As expected, the FA WSL 2 side gave us a hard game. They are a well drilled team and would be favourites for promotion to FA WSL1. Unfortunately, the FA closed that door and Brighton won promotion on the strength of their licensing bid instead of Millwall or Doncaster Belles.
The injury list keeps on growing at Arsenal with Anna Filbey the latest casualty. The following players are currently injured: Josephine Henning, Leah Williamson, Jessica Samuelsson, Anna Filbey, Anna Miedema.
When you think that we lost Chloe Kelly, Taylor Hinds, Vyan Sampson and Jemma Rose during the last transfer window, or just after it closed in the case of the Plymouth born defender, the squad is stretched and all available first team players were in the squad this weekend to make up the 16, including two England u17 players.
Hopefully some players will be back before Friday’s League game at home to Everton. We played with two wingers in the full-back position and one full-back at centre-back and that is not a healthy situation.
On a positive note, Kim Little made a welcome come-back following her ACL injury and it was clear that she not lost any of her technical ability and pace.
2. Cardiff City 1 Charlton 3
Charlton are the lone FA WPL survivor. They play in the third tier of the women’s football pyramid and could be up for promotion to FA WSL2 if they win the FA WPL play-off.
3. Lewes 0 Everton 6
A two-division gap and no surprise, but a great 975 attendance.
4. Sunderland 3 Villa 2
Two late goals for Sunderland, including a second one in as many weeks for former Gunner, Rachel Pitman, as well as one for another former Gunner, Victoria “Trev” Williams.
5. Chichester 0 Liverpool 3
A two-division gap and no surprise with an easy Liverpool win and many youngsters getting a chance for the Reds. Huge attendance of 1300 for the local team.
6. Birmingham 1 Man City 3 aet
Birmingham are a team that knows how fight against City as they took them to extra time again. They certainly know how to disrupt City’s flowing football. They will play each other in the League in midweek and hopefully the Blues can put in a repeat performance.
7. Chelsea 6 Doncaster 0
No surprise here with Chelsea beating WSL2 side Doncaster with a professional performance.
8. Durham 5 Leicester City 2
FA WSL 2 side beating a FA WPL side, again no cupset. Durham are the only second tier team still in the hat.
The quarter-final draw was made this morning on BBC extra by Alex Scott and Leah Williamson:
Draw in full:
Arsenal v Charlton**
Sunderland v Man City
Liverpool v Chelsea
Durham* v Everton
*second tier team
**third tier team
Arsenal have drawn the lowest ranked team remaining in the hat.
Charlton now play in the FA WPL, but used to compete for silverware on a regular basis against us until their parent club cut their funding when they were relegated to the Championship.
They have two former Arsenal players in Charlotte Gurr and Chloe Brunton-Wilde and it will be a pleasure to welcome them back to Borehamwood.