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MANCHESTER CITY booked their place in the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Manchester United.
Ellen White’s double and Jill Scott’s second-half goal were enough for the reigning champions to claim the bragging rights against their local rivals.
White opened the scoring in the 30th minute, charging in to intercept a misplaced pass by United defender Abbie McManus and slotting past keeper Mary Earps.
The visitors’ second goal came in the 56th minute, again from White who fired home a Lauren Hemp pass from the left wing.
Substitute Lauren James ignited United’s hopes of a comeback with a goal in the 69th minute, picking up a long ball on the right before shooting past Ellie Roebuck at her near post.
United thought they had equalised in the 72nd minute when Lizzie Arnot got on the end of a free-kick, but the referee ruled that the ball had not crossed the line.
Head coach Casey Stoney disagreed with the decision of the referee.
“I think it’s over the line,” the United boss told MUTV after the match. “I’m disappointed for the players because I think they deserve more, but I couldn’t be any more proud of them.
“They executed the gameplan, they went toe-to-toe and we’ve had chances to potentially get ourselves in the hat [for the next round]. They never fail to make me proud and today I am proud, despite being disappointed.
“They’re gutted because they deserved more out of the game. Unfortunately they didn’t get it, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort or a lack of fight and passion. I can’t ask for any more.”
Scott then made it 3-1 from the edge of the box in the 76th minute, before United scored a consolation two minutes from time courtesy of a Hemp own goal.
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