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Leeds Ladies beat Chelsea 2-0 to reach League Cup final

By Tony Leighton

Women's football

Leeds Carnegie beat Chelsea 2-0 in their delayed Women's Premier League Cup semi-final to set up a meeting with Everton in the final.

Carla Cantrell and Sophie Bradley scored the goals for Leeds.

In the league Arsenal crushed Bristol Academy 8-0 to move into second, while leaders Sunderland beat Birmingham 2-0 away to go seven points clear.

Doncaster Belles climbed to third with a convincing 5-1 victory at bottom-of-the-table Blackburn Rovers.


Women's Premier League Cup semi-final
Chelsea 0-2 Leeds Carnegie

Leeds won an often scrappy but evenly fought contest with two late goals.

Cantrell ran all of 40 yards to shoot home the 71st-minute opener.

And the striker then sent over the 86th-minute corner from which Bradley headed in to seal the win.

Last week's clash had been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch - Leeds' fifth match in a row not to be played.

Leeds last reached the final of the League Cup in 2007 and will now meet Everton in the final on Thursday, 11 February.


Women's Premier League
Birmingham City 0-2 Sunderland

Leaders Sunderland, who have played seven more games than Arsenal, secured a fourth successive victory with goals in the last five minutes.

Natalie Gutteridge headed the visitors in front and Sarah Danby doubled the lead with an 18-yard shot in stoppage time.

Struggling Birmingham have now won only once in their last 12 league games.


Arsenal 8-0 Bristol Academy

Kim Little scored twice to take her season's goal tally to 26 as the Gunners romped to an easy win over the bottom-but-one club.

After the midfielder had opened the scoring with an early penalty, Jayne Ludlow and Helen Lander added further goals before half-time.

Second-half goals by Gemma Davison, Katie Chapman, Little, Jennifer Beattie and Danielle Carter completed Arsenal's second 8-0 league win of the season.


Blackburn Rovers 1-5 Doncaster Rovers Belles

Captain Vicky Exley's double took her recent goal haul to six in four games as the Belles ran up their fourth win on the bounce.

Liz Hanson's third-minute opener for the visitors was cancelled out by Katie Anderton, but nine minutes before half-time Precious Hamilton put Donny back in front.

Just before the hour Exley headed in goal number three, and soon afterwards her 20-yard drive effectively sealed the victory.

Hansen made sure with the best goal of the game - a brilliant individual effort - 12 minutes from time.


Everton 2-1 Millwall Lionesses

Two goals in five first-half minutes proved enough to give Everton victory.

Gwennan Harries and Michelle Hinnigan, in the 25th minute, were the scorers.

Millwall hit back in the closing stages but their only reward was a headed consolation goal by Lauren Phillips in the 73rd minute.

The win pushed Everton, who have played nine games fewer than leaders Sunderland, up to fifth.


Watford 0-0 Nottingham Forest

The goalless draw belied an attack-minded match in which both sides went close to scoring on several occasions.

The result means that Millwall have not won in seven outings while Forest have collected only one win in nine.



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