Emily Wilson·25 January 2023
Emily Wilson·25 January 2023
The Conti-Cup quarter-finals kicked off on Wednesday with three matches taking place across England.
Here is what went down.
Scorers: Spence 90+4′; Kerr 38′, 86′ Kirby 68′
Heavyweights Tottenham and Chelsea battled it out over 90 minutes, with last year’s finalists coming out on top 3-1.
The opening half was a nervy affair as both sides hunted for the breakthrough. The likes of Lauren James and Sam Kerr were alert in blue, while Rosella Ayane and Mana Iwabuchi impressed for Spurs.
Beth England, meanwhile, looked eager to strike against her former club Chelsea this time wearing white.
It seemed like the deadlock would hold at the break until Erin Cuthbert’s shot hit off Kerr and surprised Tottenham goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela.
The hosts needed to ramp up the pressure in the second half to try and get back into this one but struggled to truly threaten, with only two shots on target after more than an hour.
Eventually, Chelsea’s bench added some padding to their lead when James teed up Fran Kirby for 2-0.
Late on, Kerr piled more misery on the hosts after she lifted the ball beyond Korpela for 3-0 (this one, surely, was intentional!).
Tottenham did, however, erase any clean sheet hopes when Drew Spence scored one from range late on but it was too little too late.
Impressively, the Blues are now unbeaten in 17 games.
Scorers: Brynjarsdóttir 87′
West Ham moved on to the semi-finals over Liverpool thanks to a last-minute winner in a 1-0 victory.
It was a choppy opening first half, with possession split down the middle between both sides and only four shots registered on target combined.
Liverpool goalkeeper Faye Mary Kirby played a vital role in keeping things 0-0 after coming out of her net to block a shot from Viviane Asseyi and saved another.
The second 45 minutes continued with the same theme, as true chances were few and far between for either side.
Start the move ➡️ finish the goal! Brilliant play from @dagnybrynjars and the Hammers have a late goal 🤩 #ContiCup @westhamwomen
Kate Longhurst came inches away from breaking the deadlock, but a diving save from Kirby again kept things level.
Eventually, the Liverpool backline was cracked as extra time loomed when Dagný Brynjarsdóttir’s looping header found the far corner to send West Ham to the the semis for the first time.
In more unfortunate news for the hosts, Katie Stengel appeared to pick up a serious injury.
Scorers: Raso 8′, 12′, Shaw 30, Hemp 35′, 60′, Fowler 44′
Manchester City were the first team to book a spot in the semi-finals after a thumping 6-0 win over Bristol City.
It was one-way traffic at Ashton Gate as the visitors ran rampant, with four different goalscorers throughout the match.
Of the eight attempts Manchester City had on target, five found the back of the net in the first half, and the damage was subsequently too big for the hosts.
Hayley Rasso bagged a brace within 12 minutes, before Khadija Shaw, and 19-year-old Mary Fowler joined in on the action.
Lauren Hemp also scored on either side of half-time as well.
The Championship side will hope to put this result behind them as they look to gain promotion back to the top flight, while Manchester City could use this result as ammunition for their title hopes.
On Thursday, Arsenal face Aston Villa in the fourth quarter-final.