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Vitality Women’s FA Cup – Quarter Finals – Part 2

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The second half of the FA Cup draw had two giants of the women’s game in English football. Arsenal Women and Manchester City women were likely to go into the semi-finals and that is exactly what happened. The challenge of these two teams proved to be too strong for Tottenham Hotspur Women and Leicester City Women respectively.

Arsenal Women vs Tottenham Hotspur Women [4-0]

First half

The quarter-final featured a North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham. Unfortunately for Tottenham, star signing Alex Morgan could not start the game due to lack of match fitness. Arsenal Women, who have great pedigree in this competition, came up against a side they beat in the WSL last season. The first half produced few chances, but there were some good ones. Arsenal’s Leah Williamson crossed the ball from deep and it was met with a header by Caitlin Foord, which rattled the crossbar.

Katie McCabe’s cross from the left hand side to the far post was pulled back by Lisa Evans, but Jordan Nobbs’ finish was met with multiple blocks and eventually a clearance. Kennedy fashioned half a chance for Tottenham with a solo run and shot from outside the box. Arsenal’s goalkeeper Zinsberger parried it away to safety. Once again a chance created but not finished for Arsenal, when Miedema and Nobbs combined well to make a low and fast cross across the face of the goal, but nobody could apply the finish. A 0-0 score at half time was acceptable for Spurs considering they had not created any good chances.

Second half

A loose pass from the right wing to the central midfield was intercepted by Jordan Nobbs. A quick set up roll and then a lovely chip from outside the box broke the deadlock. A trademark goal from outside the box for Nobbs. This was when Arsenal really got going.

A deft through ball from Vivianne Miedema to Lisa Evans meant that Evans was in 1v1 situation, and she finished the chance calmly by slotting the ball in the net. Spurs were caught on the break once again, and captain Kim Little played Lisa Evans through who powered a shot past the goalkeeper into the back of the net. Beth Mead’s low cross from the right hand side was left alone by Foord only to be finished by Evans who was making the run behind her. She completed her hattrick and Arsenal led 4-0, which was the full time score as well. Tottenham Women are yet to score a professional goal against Arsenal Women, but will have their chances in the WSL.

Leicester City Women vs Manchester City Women [1-2]

Leicester City, who play in the FA Championship (Tier 2), faced a mammoth task against the current Women’s FA Cup holder Manchester City. The Cup holders started well, creating chance after chance for themselves. Georgia Stanway was being her prolific self. She carved out two shots on goal. Caroline Weir headed a cross onto the bar early on. The dominant side finally broke through when Weir was fouled in the box. Chloe Kelly, the new signing from Everton, converted the spot kick. Ellen White’s flicked on header became a 1v1 chance for Stanway, who had enough time to chip the goalkeeper.

The Foxes refused to go down without a fight though. They pulled one goal back in the second half when Millie Farrow won a foul in the box. Charlie Devlin scored right down the middle. It was too little too late for Leicester City. Manchester City managed to see out the game and booked their place in the semi-final with a score of 1-2 in their favour.

Two of the best in women’s football in England clash in the semi-final. A heavily contested affair is all anybody can expect from these two sides.

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