Women's Sport: "It was 1-0 so we weren’t ruthless enough but I thought we were comfortable throughout the game," Emma Hayes on Chelsea v Liverpool FA Cup fifth round

With a more promising weather forecast, Monday’s FA Cup fifth round fixtures were given the thumbs up to go ahead. And with the league contenders going up against the relegates – it was certainly looking like a manic Monday!

Chelsea vs Liverpool

Chelsea who is currently one-point behind league runners Manchester City were drawn to face bottom-of-the-league Liverpool, with a space in the Women’s FA Cup Quater-Final up for grabs. 

Despite the Blue’s missing some early opportunities in the initial stages of the game, Reiten gave Chelsea the lead just before the half-hour mark.

The Norwegian international received the ball from teammate and former Liverpool star Sophie Ingle via a skilful flick-on. Consequently, a perfectly timed volley ended up proving crucial for the Blue’s as it was the only goal of the game.

Emma Hayes commented on the game: “It was 1-0 so we weren’t ruthless enough but I thought we were comfortable throughout the game and it wasn’t until the latter stages that they [Liverpool] committed bodies forward. Ultimately, we deserved to be winners and we’re just happy to be in the hat for the next round.

“We deserve to be winners and we’re just happy to be in the hat for the next round”.

The visitors did not make it easy for the Blue’s – with good communication within their defence – it was hard for Liverpool to be broken down in their half. 

Hannah Blundell also received her 150th cap for the WSL side, there was no better way to pass the landmark than keeping a clean sheet.

Coventry vs Spurs

Newly promoted WSL side Tottenham Hotspur ruthlessly defeated non-league Coventry United in a convincing 5-0 win at the Butts Park Arena.

Rianna Dean helped the Blue’s secure the win as she converted two penalties and managed to complete her hat-trick in the 90th minute, to add the cherry on top of the cake.

Defenders Siri Worm and Lucia Leon also put their names on the scoresheet, on a night that made history for the women’s side – in reaching the quarter-finals for the first time.

Head Coach Juan Carlos commented on the milestone as being a “highlight in what’s already been a positive season for us so far”.

Bristol vs Everton

Bristol City fell to the hands of Everton at the Ashton Gate Stadium as they conceded five goals to none.

Everton was able to take control of the game quickly after the whistle blew, and managed to find the back of the net just inside the 10-minute mark through Lucy Graham. 

Bouncing off of the lead, Everton took full advantage of an unmarked Esme Morgan, who headered the ball past Baggaley.

City, however, were determined and hopeful to reach the quarter-finals. With a curling effort by Salmon flying inches wide, they began to look disheartened, as Everton capitalised and added another before half-time.

The Toffees commenced the second-half stronger than their host’s and it began to show and tire City.

In the 53rd minute, they added their fourth, and there was no sign of stopping them in their newfound confidence.

Cain rounded off the scoresheet for the Blue’s with an acrobatic volley that demonstrated the winger’s skill set.

“We got punished … I am really disappointed, and they have to take responsibility” quoted Tanya Oxtoby.

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