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Barnet stun Forest to reach semis

By Tony Leighton

Women's football

Southern Division Barnet reached the FA Women's Cup semi-finals for the first time with a shock 3-2 win against Premier League Nottingham Forest.

Holly Sandow hit the winner to earn the Bees a meeting with Everton.

The other semi-final will see holders Arsenal facing Chelsea after Blues won their delayed quarter-final against Aston Villa 4-3 after extra time.

The Gunners are one point off the top of the Premier League after a 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.

Arsenal, aiming to complete another double, have five games in hand over leaders Sunderland.

Leeds Carnegie climbed to third with a 4-0 win against bottom of the table Bristol Academy.

Everton won 4-0 at Watford and Birmingham squeezed home 1-0 against Millwall Lionesses.

FA Women's Cup, quarter-finals

Barnet 3-2 Nottingham Forest

Sandow gave Barnet a 20th-minute lead but Laura Coombs equalised on the hour.

And after Clare Thomas had shot the Bees back in front in the 70th minute, a Gemma Rudman own goal two minutes later put Forest drew back on level terms.

But the visitors could not come back a third time after Sandow's second goal 13 minutes from time.

Aston Villa 3-4 Chelsea aet

Plucky Villa fought back three times before bowing out to Rebecca Jane's winner in the second half of extra time.

Dunia Susi twice gave Chelsea the lead but Carly Davies twice replied to leave the sides locked at 2-2 at the end of normal time.

Blues went back in front through a Leanne Champ penalty, but once again Villa hit back and Emma Follis grabbed their third equaliser.

The Northern Division side finally succumbed after Jane put the ball in the net following a penalty save from Champ.

Women's Premier League

Arsenal 4-1 Blackburn

Blackburn's Rhiannan Roberts went from villain to hero in the first half, scoring a 13th minute own goal then equalising seconds before the interval.

The Gunners found their shooting boots after the break however, three goals coming in 20 minutes with Gemma Davison, Danielle Carter and Jayne Ludlow on target.

Leeds Carnegie 4-0 Bristol Academy

It took Leeds until 13 minutes from time to break through a stubborn Bristol defence, but the floodgates opened after Sue Smith's penalty opener.

Rachel Daley added the second goal within 60 seconds of Smith's spot-kick and then Carla Cantrell scored twice in stoppage time.

Watford 0-4 Everton

Gwennan Harries bagged a brace as Everton eased to a comfortable victory with two goals in each half.

All the goals arrived in a 15 minute spell around the interval, with Natasha Dowie and Jill Scott the other Toffees scorers.

Birmingham City 1-0 Millwall Lionesses

Isabel Christensen hit the only goal of the game from Dani Saulter's 36th minute cross.

Millwall had the better of the second half but failed to create any clear-cut goalscoring opportunities.

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see also
Forest to host Women's Cup final
16 Feb 10 |  Women
Arsenal power past Belles in Cup
14 Feb 10 |  Women
Underdogs Leeds lift League Cup
11 Feb 10 |  Women
Everton & Arsenal progress in Cup
07 Feb 10 |  Women
West Ham surprise Bristol in Cup
24 Jan 10 |  Women
Arsenal win FA Women's Cup
04 May 09 |  Women

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