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No FA Cup joy for minnows as WSL heavyweights underline dominance

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Published Time: 12.02.2024 - 02:40:19 Modified Time: 12.02.2024 - 02:40:19

The men's competition is replete with instances of legendary upsets but the same effect has yet to materialise in the women's game Getty Images/Jack Thomas Wolves 1 Brighton 4In the modern era, the words ‘huge upset’ and ‘Women’s FA Cup’ go together as well as chalk and cheese

The men's competition is replete with instances of legendary upsets but the same effect has yet to materialise in the women's game

: Getty Images/Jack Thomas

Wolves 1 Brighton 4

In the modern era, the words ‘huge upset’ and ‘Women’s FA Cup’ go together as well as chalk and cheese. Since the Women’s Super League’s inception in 2011, not a single top-flight side has been knocked out of the cup by any club plying their trade below the second tier of the pyramid.

For any neutrals hoping that wait for a first major ‘giant-killing’ of a WSL side might finally come to an end on Sunday, there were two eye-catching ties on the fixture list: Third-tier Wolves hosting managerless WSL strugglers Brighton, and third-tier Nottingham Forest hosting a top-flight Everton side, who are enduring something of an injury crisis.

At New Bucks Head in Telford, a crowd of 1,812 – Wolves’ largest ever at that ground – turned up yearning for a shock win and, for 88 minutes, their dream looked highly plausible. The part-time side, despite losing their captain Anna Morphet to a knock suffered during the warm-up, caused Brighton plenty of problems in the first half and had the better chances before England’s Katie Robinson tucked Brighton into a 1-0 half-time lead.

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