Arsenal rallied in style to beat Tottenham 5-1 in their 2020-21 FA Women’s Cup quarter-final at Meadow Park. The visitors took a surprising lead thanks to Rachel Williams, but were overwhelmed as Jonas Eidevall’s side reached the semi-finals. They will face Brighton in the last four – the Seagulls’ first Women’s FA Cup semi-final since 1975-76 – as Chelsea beat Birmingham to set up a meeting with Manchester City.
In a meeting between the top two in the women’s Super League table, it was Spurs who struck first against Arsenal, Williams firing a shot past Lydia Williams from the edge of the box in the third minute. Maya Iwabuchi then equalized with a nice finish, finding the top corner in the 15th minute.
Arsenal continued to advance and took the lead just after the half hour mark. Tobin Heath, making his first start for the Gunners, found Lotte Wubben-Moy at the far post with a free kick. Her cross shot deflected at Spurs defender Asmita Ale, and the hosts added a third four minutes later.
Nikita Parris played a one-two with Iwabuchi before crossing the low for Caitlin Foord to score, and it was 4-1 on the stroke of halftime as Parris took a corner past the goalkeeper. Spurs Rebecca Spencer. In the second half, Williams managed to deny Chioma Ubogagu before Foord added his second. The Aussie striker finished a quick break, stretching to return home from Beth Mead’s pass.
Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw scored a hat-trick in Manchester City qualified for the final four with a flurry of second-half goals in a 6-0 home win over Leicester. Gareth Taylor’s side were selected in the first half but took the lead with Shaw’s opening goal shortly after the restart. Spanish midfielder Vicky Losada made two with a powerful finish.
Jamaican international Shaw got his second from a corner, before Alex Greenwood scored from the penalty spot after Esmee de Graaf knocked down Lauren Hemp in the box. Shaw completed his hat trick with five minutes remaining and there was still time for Filippa Angeldal to add a sixth at Academy Stadium.
Fran Kirby scored two goals in two minutes to help secure Chelseathe appointment of the semi-final with Manchester City, the Blues having at first struggling to break a stubborn Birmingham. Sam Kerr was the one to shatter Birmingham’s defense with an hour-time header before Kirby’s brace and Pernille Harder’s fourth goal in stoppage time.
Brighton beat the championship team Charlton thanks to Felicity Gibbons’ volley in the second half.