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Van Egmond scores four as Matildas star in FA Cup action

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It may have been a chastening week for the Matildas on their return to the international arena - but some of Australia's top women players, headed by four-goal Emily van Egmond, have rebounded superbly for their English clubs in the FA Cup.

Van Egmond, the West Ham midfielder, had endured perhaps her toughest time in an Australian shirt in the 5-2 defeat by Germany and the 5-0 loss to the Netherlands on Tuesday as she took her total of Australian caps to 99.

But back to action with her London-based Women's Super League club on Sunday, van Egmond enjoyed the freedom of the park against lesser opposition from the National League.

She scored four times in just the opening 23 minutes of the game to set her side on the way to an 11-0 win over hapless Chichester & Selsey which powered them into the fifth round of the English game's most prestigious knockout competition.

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Emily van Egmond scores from the penalty spot for West Ham United Women
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She set the ball rolling by slotting home a second-minute penalty and then notched her second in the sixth minute, reacting quickest to a sharp cross.

Van Egmond then scored the Hammers' fourth in the 20th with a tap-in finish at the back post and completed her four-goal haul three minutes later with a smart header.

She was brought off at halftime with the Hammers seven up at the break - and even goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold got a rare run out as an outfielder, being brought on as a 68th minute sub.

It won't be so easy for West Ham when they face Manchester City in the next round.

Van Egmond wasn't the only Matilda to shine as Hayley Raso, one of the brighter performers in their drubbing by the Netherlands, set up Everton's last-gasp winner in a 2-1 win over Championship side Durham.

Everton Women v Durham Women: Vitality Women's FA Cup Fourth Round
Hayley Raso of Everton runs with the ball past Abby Holmes of Durham
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Raso delivered a pinpoint cross in stoppage-time that Denmark international Nicoline Sorensen converted to earn the WSL side a date with Sam Kerr's high-flying Chelsea in the next round.

In Tottenham's extra-time win, 3-2 at Reading, another Matilda, Alanna Kennedy, notched a superb curled free-kick to get them back into the game when they were a goal down.

"She scored when it matters - that was a really big goal for us to get started in the game," Spurs coach Rehanne Skinner said.

Arsenal's Australian boss Joe Montemurro, who will be leaving the club at the end of the season, wants to bow out on a high and an FA Cup triumph would be the perfect way to bow out.

He saw his side overpower Gillingham Ladies 10-0, including a hat-trick from Jill Roord and another goal for Vivianne Miedema, two of the Dutch stars who had tormented Australia in midweek.

Source AAP