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