Cheltenham Town Ladies’ FA Cup run came to a dramatic end on Sunday as they were beaten 6-5 on penalties by Southampton Women following a 3-3 draw after extra time.
The two sides are separated by just goal difference in the league, and the visitors, eight-time winners of the FA Cup, took the lead early on when Kiera Heslam scored from a 20-yard free-kick. However, the Robins turned it around to lead 2-1 at the break.
Sian Wylie scored against Cheltenham for the third time this season to make it 2-2 on 55 minutes, and neither team could find a winner before the final whistle.
Lacy-Jai Liggett’s second of the game handed the hosts the lead with a well-taken finish 10 minutes into extra time, but Southampton levelled again less than two minutes later through Rachel Okoro.
The first seven penalties all found the net, before Abby Bevan’s effort was saved to give the visitors the chance to win.
Hannah Samuels couldn’t take that opportunity as the impressive Aimee Watson denied her to give Courtney Jones the opportunity to take it to sudden death, which she took.
As the snow fell, Amy Wathan was the first to miss in sudden death as Southampton progressed 6-5 on penalties after an FA Cup classic.