Skinner applauds Solskjaer’s senior Man United debut and Arsenal ease past London City

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KARNA SOLSKJAER made Manchester United history as the Red Devils ended Bridgwater’s FA Cup dreams in a 2-0 win.

The forward, 19, became part of the first father-daughter duo to represent the club, with father Ole and mother Silje proudly watching.

Ole and Silje Solskjaer watched Man United defeat Bridgwater in the FA Cup

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Ole and Silje Solskjaer watched Man United defeat Bridgwater in the FA CupCredit: Twitter
Karna Solskjaer was given her senior Red Devils debut after impressing with her performances in the WSL Academy Cup

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Karna Solskjaer was given her senior Red Devils debut after impressing with her performances in the WSL Academy CupCredit: Reuters

Solskjaer impressed boss Marc Skinner with her performances for the club’s academy side

And she entered the fray as a sub in the 87th minute as a substitute for Ivana Fuso in  front of a 2,500 strong-crowd at Fairfax Park.

A Bridgwater own goal and a late Ella Toone effort saw the hosts ease into the Cup’s fifth round. 

Skinner told reporters: “I watched the youngsters the other day when they played Aston Villa in the (WSL Academy Cup) semi-finals and there’s lots and lots of talent there.

“I felt, having watched that game, there were a few players that were ready, and I felt, in this round, they could do a job.

‘It wasn’t a token for Karna, it was a deserved one, from the performance that I saw the other day, so congratulations to her.

“Obviously she’s got a famous Dad, but she wants to be famous in her own right.

“What I’m trying to do is show them the level they have to jump to be in and around this team.”

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Elsewhere Jonas Eidevall praised his Gunners for seeing off London City Lionesses’ following ‘a complicated week’.

A Vivianne Miedema strike close to half-time was enough to help Arsenal enter the FA Cup fifth-round after a 1-0 defeat of their Championship opponents.

However, the Netherlands ace had come off at half-time after appearing to take a tablet during the first spell.

Eidevall: “It was a migraine, it’s manageable, but it comes to a point sometimes where it’s not worth it and that was today.”

Arsenal, who had Caitlin Foord, Steph Catley and Mana Iwabuchi away on Asia Cup duty, made five changes to the side that beat Brighton last Thursday.

Tobin Heath, Leah Williamson, Rafaelle Souza and Leah Walti were also among their absentees.

Eidevall added: “Due to a variation of illness and resting (players) it’s been a complicated week going into games with the numbers we have.

“But we play with those we have at our disposal and I’m really happy about the players’ performance.”

Vivianne Miedema's first-half strike helped Arsenal knock London City Lionesses out of the FA Cup

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Vivianne Miedema’s first-half strike helped Arsenal knock London City Lionesses out of the FA CupCredit: Getty

The league leaders went full throttle early on with Katie McCabe looking to curl in a fourth minute-shot which went wide of Shae Yanez’s far post.

Moments later Nikita Parris sent a flicked effort over the bar before smashing a low shot at the keeper.

Yanez, in for a busy afternoon, found herself tested again with Beth Mead’s 10th-minute strike.

And the forward let fly near the 20th-minute with her fierce shot prompting a well-timed diving save from the stopper.

The Gunners appeared to have some fitness concerns with Miedema needing assistance in the first half.

And it was the Dutch ace who put the hosts 1-0 up from close range shortly before half-time following a classy Kim Little assist.

The second spell saw Miedema unable to continue with Laura Weinrother coming on in her place.

And the Gunners had numerous chances to increase their lead including Mead forcing a block from Yanez in the 60th minute.

Shae Yanez had a busy afternoon in goal against the Gunners

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Shae Yanez had a busy afternoon in goal against the GunnersCredit: PA

Despite their hosts’ efforts London City were able to keep the scoreline at 1-0 with the Gunners sealing a comfortable victory

Club boss Phillips said: “What we looked at when we came into this game is the opportunity to stretch ourselves.

“To walk away 1-0 against Arsenal is something to really be proud of.”

Meanwhile Leicester stunned Tottenham to keep their trophy hopes alive.

Extra-time goals from Esme De Graaf and Sophie Howard saw the Foxes seal a 3-1 victory after 1-1 draw in normal time.

Birmingham had to wait until extra time to beat Championship battlers Sunderland 2-1.

But Brighton saw their fifth-round hopes ended with Tia Primmer scoring the decisive goal in a 3-2 Royals victory.

West Ham crushed Sheffield United 4-0, whilst Everton trounced Huddersfield 4-1.

And Leighanne Robe netted a hat-trick with Liverpool tearing Lincoln’s defences to shreds in a 6-0 thumping.

Karen Hills’ Charlton also won by the same margin with their away drubbing of Plymouth.

And Durham booked their place in the FA Cup’s fifth round with a 3-1 defeat of Blackburn.

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Ella Morris netted at St Mary's to help Saints reach the FA Cup's fifth round

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Ella Morris netted at St Mary’s to help Saints reach the FA Cup’s fifth roundCredit: Getty

Northern Ireland ace Sarah Robson scored the Wildcats’ final goal.

But Bristol City made a fourth-round exit with Southampton nabbing a 1-0 win at St Mary’s

Ella Morris was on target for the club who compete in the third tier.



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