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Live Reporting

By Michael Beardmore

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye and thank you

    FT: Man Utd 2-3 Man City

    Man City celebrate

    Well, if that game doesn't spark a debate over whether goal-line technology is needed in the upper echelons of women's football, nothing will.

    But we also shouldn't let the controversy over Abbie McManus' 'ghost' goal take away from the fact that we witnessed a cracking derby cup tie, particularly an end-to-end second half.

    City take their first step to retaining the crown they won at Wembley while United will take crumb from knowing that are consistently competing at the same level as their Manchester rivals.

    Read our report from the game here, and that's all for now. Thanks for reading and watching, we hope you enjoyed our coverage.

  2. Post update

    FT: Man Utd 2-3 Man City

    Ellen White, as is the case with all footballers, told us she couldn't see whether Abbie McManus' effort for United had crossed the line as the hosts were denied an equaliser.

    I've still not seen a replay that can be classed as conclusive so it's a pill United will have to swallow.

  3. Reaction

    FT: Man Utd 2-3 Man City

    Some brief reaction from City's double goalscorer Ellen White, who told BBC Sport:

    “The most important thing is that we are in the hat for the next round, we made hard work of it but we are really pleased to be in the hat.

    “We knew the second goal would be really important for us so I was delighted to get on the scoresheet again. It was a tough second half for us but we showed resilience and dug in deep."

  4. Post update

    FT: Man Utd 2-3 Man City

    We can't leave you without showing you the last goal of the game, which gave United hope late on. But it was City who held out to progress to the last 16.

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    Video caption: United are given hope courtesy of a Man City own goal
  5. Post update

    FT: Man Utd 2-3 Man City

    You rarely see boos dished out to the officials in the women's game but the referee and his assistants have had to endure some jeers as they walk off here at Leigh Sports Village.


    Man Utd 2-3 Man City

    It's all over. A humdinger of a cup derby ends with Manchester City hanging on to dump out their local rivals. But that doesn't tell the half of it.

    The visitors will point to Ellen White's clinical finishing being the decisive factor. But United will focus on the two goals they had disallowed, particularly the Abbie McManus goal that never was.

  7. Post update

    Man Utd 2-3 Man City

    City trying to keep the ball in the corner but they give away a free-kick. Last chance saloon. Lump it up and hope.

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    Man Utd 2-3 Man City

    If United do find a leveller, you couldn't really argue that they don't deserve it.

    Lauren James again threatens one but blasts over from the edge of the box after nifty footwork freed up space for the shot.

    Still time for one more chance perhaps.

  9. Post update

    Man Utd 2-3 Man City

    United will still have around four minutes to force extra time after those two injury-time stoppages.

  10. Watch: Scott curls home City's third

    Man Utd 2-3 Man City

    City, however, quickly restored their two-goal cushion through Jill Scott's curler which you can check out below.

    Play has restarted by the way...

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    Video caption: Scott restores Man City's two-goal lead
  11. Watch: James pulls United back into it

    Man Utd 2-3 Man City

    There's another break in play, with City keeper Ellie Roebuck down so let's take the chance to enjoy Lauren James' lovely strike earlier.

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    Video caption: James pulls a goal back for Manchester United
  12. Post update

    Man Utd 2-3 Man City

    Five minutes of additional time indicated but there will be more than that as Lauren Hemp - scorer of that own goal - has a bloodied nose from a collision with Amy Turner and requires treatment.

  13. GOAL: Man Utd 2-3 Man City

    Lauren Hemp (og)

    Wait it's not over just yet.

    Katie Zelem's corners under the bar have caused City problems throughout this second half.

    This one is no different as Lauren Hemp comes off the post to try to deal with it but the ball hits the back of her head and drops in.

    City vehemently appeal for a foul but after the two 'goals' United have been denied, the referee was never going to disallow that one.

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    Video caption: United are given hope courtesy of a Man City own goal
  14. Post update

    Man Utd 1-3 Man City

    United being cheered on by a vocal home crowd here - perhaps aggrieved by the perceived injustice of the disallowed goal at 2-1.

    The red shirts drag their tired bodies forward and Kirsty Smith picks out namesake Hanson in the area but she can only produce an air shot.

    Time running out for the hosts now.

  15. Post update

    Man Utd 1-3 Man City

    It's easy to say in hindsight but you wonder if this game would have panned out differently had United teenager Lauren James played from the start.

    She has looked a real threat although her latest effort, a curler from 25 yards, is straight at City keeper Ellie Roebuck.

  16. Post update

    Man Utd 1-3 Man City

    That third goal has knocked the stuffing out of United. They are still moving forward but there's not the same belief in their attacks that there was a few minutes ago.

  17. Relive White's second for City

    Man Utd 1-3 Man City

    While we catch our breath after an action-packed, drama-filled few minutes, take a moment to appreciate Ellen White's exquisite finish to put City 2-0 up.

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    Video caption: White doubles Man City's lead against their local rivals
  18. GOAL: Man Utd 1-3 Man City

    Jill Scott

    Well, there's going to be controversy here. But Jill Scott won't care.

    While Manchester United were still inwardly bemoaning the fact that Abbie McManus' 'equaliser' was not allowed, Scott has put the game out of their reach.

    She picks up the ball 20 yards out after a tussle in the area and places a measured finish past an unsighted Mary Earps, whose vision appeared to be blocked by one of her defenders.

    Looked to take a slight deflection, too.

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    Video caption: Scott restores Man City's two-goal lead
  19. Where's VAR?

    Man Utd 1-2 Man City

    Manchester United are adamant they have equalised here. Abbie McManus is distraught.

    Katie Zelem's floated free-kick evades everyone and falls to McManus at the back post. She pokes out a foot and it looked for all the world it was over the line.

    However, Ellie Roebuck claws it out and the referee's assistant keeps her flag down.

    No goal-line technology in the women's game. Should there be?

  20. GOAL: Man Utd 1-2 Man City

    Lauren James

    Wow. Talk about an impact from Lauren James.

    The teenage substitute saunters into the right hand side of City's area. There are four blue shirts within 10 yards of her. The obvious ball seems to be to Kirsty Hanson, unmarked, coming in from the left.

    Nah. Instead, the 18-year-old takes a touch and smashes a left-footed shot past a stunned Ellie Roebuck at her near post. She didn't expect it. No one did. Except James.

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    Video caption: James pulls a goal back for Manchester United