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Gunners hit nine while Liverpool's caretaker boss has dramatic introduction in FA Women's Continental League Cup

The battle for FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup qualification continued to hot up at the weekend as teams from both the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship duked it out.

Reigning Super League champions Chelsea and Manchester City kept themselves in control of Group One North and Group One South respectively while Chris Kirkland had a dramatic introduction to life as Liverpool’s caretaker boss.

Here’s our round-up of a bumper weekend of cup action.

Reds show steel during Kirkland’s bow

Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off saw Chris Kirkland make his bow as Liverpool’s caretaker manager.

The former Anfield shot-stopper saw his team battle back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Durham before then earning a bonus point by way of victory in the resultant penalty shoot-out.

Emily Roberts’ first-half brace had helped put the Wildcats in charge of the contest but Courtney Sweetman-Kirk bagged a late equaliser before Sophie Bradley-Auckland dispatched the decisive penalty.

Cloud nine for cup holders

As they bid to retain the Continental Tyres Cup, Vivianne Miedema and Kim Little both bagged hat-trick as Arsenal defeated Lewes 9-0 at the Dripping Pan.

For Netherlands striker Miedema, she celebrated her second three-goal haul in as many games while Scotland midfielder Little was also in fine form.

Danielle van de Donk, Katie McCabe and Lisa Evans were all also on target for the Gunners, who have scored 17 goals, conceding only one, since the start of the new season.

Blues and City ease to successes 

The top two sides in last season’s Super League both maintained their unbeaten starts to their respective Continental Tyres Cup campaigns.

Bethany England scored twice as defending league champions Chelsea won 4-0 at Crystal Palace, with Adelina Engman and Drew Spence were also on target. 

Meanwhile, Manchester City were made to bide their time but second-half goals from Claire Emslie, Nadia Nadim and Caroline Weir handed them a 3-0 success at Bristol City.

Birmingham’s fine form continues 

Birmingham City are on a roll – they made it three wins on the spin while also recording their fourth successive clean sheet with a 2-0 win at Sheffield United.

Lucy Staniforth’s long-range stunner lit up the contest while Shania Hayles grabbed her first Blues goal.

Elsewhere, Claudia Walker notched twice as Everton beat Reading 3-2, Brighton recovered from a goal down to beat London Bees 3-1 and Esmee De Graaf claimed a brace in West Ham United’s 4-0 win at Millwall Lionesses.

Coral rocks in Spurs triumph

Coral-Jade Haines was the star of the show as Tottenham Hotspur were the only team from the FA Women’s Championship to defeat top-tier opposition.

Haines scored a fine hat-trick as Spurs defeated Yeovil Town 4-0 at the Avenue Stadium in Dorchester, with Sarah Wiltshire also finding the net against her old club.

Elsewhere, Aston Villa bounced back from their heavy league defeat at the hands of Manchester United last time out with a 1-0 win on the road at Leicester City, Kerri Walsh bagging the match-winner.

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