Caitlin Foord finds the net on debut for Arsenal, showdown with Kerr looms

Matildas star Caitlin Foord scored on her debut as Arsenal, coached by another Australian Joe Montemurro, turned on the style in the second half to beat Lewes 2-0 in the fifth round of the Women's FA Cup.

The win puts Arsenal into the quarter-finals against Tottenham.

After failing to capitalise on a couple of chances in the first half, Foord was ready when Jill Roord carried the ball through the midfield to DanĂ¯elle van de Donk. Van de Donk's shot was saved but Foord swooped on the rebound.

Foord had arrived in England only last week following the Matildas Olympic qualifying tournament, in which she kicked three goals in 28 minutes against Taiwan.

Foord's Arsenal will be pitted against her Matildas captain Sam Kerr's Chelsea next weekend in the Continental Cup final.

Chelsea, meantime, grabbed a hard-fought away point in a thrilling 3-3 draw with leaders Manchester City in the English Women's Super League.

City stay top of the table with 40 points after 16 games, while Chelsea maintained their unbeaten record in the league and remain a point behind with a game in hand over their title rivals.

Ellen White put City 1-0 ahead but Chelsea levelled when City captain Steph Houghton failed to clear and Ji So-yun drove home.

Georgia Stanway finished past Ann-Katrin Berger to regain the lead but it lasted only two minutes as a corner glanced off Kerr's head for Magdalena Eriksson to nod home.

Stanway's penalty was saved by Berger and it was Chelsea instead who took the lead in the 74th minute, with Bethany England finishing well.

But the hosts produced an almost instant response when Hemp cut through the Chelsea defence and netted to make it 3-3.

Ebony Salmon's late goal gave Bristol City a 1-0 away win over Birmingham City and moved them up to tenth in the table, while Manchester United scored an impressive 3-2 win away to Everton.

A Rianna Dean penalty gave Tottenham a 1-0 win over Brighton, who had Lea Le Garrec sent off in the first half for two yellow cards.

In Sunday's late kickoff, West Ham's Adriana Leon and Martha Thomas and Liverpool's Rachel Furness each netted a brace as the Hammers, for whom Aussie teenager Jacynta Galabadaarachchi was on the bench, comfortably beat the bottom side 4-2 at home.


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