SUNDAY saw a day of dramatic action in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

Thackley were expecting a close game against league rivals Ripon, and their preliminary round tie went to penalties.

Megan Butterworth and Abbie Thompson had put the Dennygirls 2-1 up, before Ripon equalised early in the second half. With 10 minutes to go, Amy Wroot’s stunning strike looked to have sealed the tie for Thackley but Ripon levelled it in injury-time.

With the penalty shoot-out tied at 3-3, Thackley hit the post in sudden death to disappointingly go out.

Farsley Celtic Juniors Ladies were expected to struggle against Regional Premier team Harrogate Town, but were 2-1 in front at half-time.

The ‘Sulphurettes’ forced a shoot-out, but it was Farsley who prevailed. They now host Warrington Wolves in the first qualifying round on October 4.

Brighouse Sports beat Appleby Frodingham 6-1. A good finish by pacey Sarah Hemingway and a Leanne Smith brace gave them a 3-1 advantage at half-time.

Three late goals put the gloss on the scoreline, and Brighouse will now entertain Blyth Town in the next round.

Bradford (Park Avenue) battled hard against Ossett United, but went into the break 3-0 down, with man of the match Annie Roberts making some good saves to limit the arrears.

Kirsty Russell-Holt had four good attempts on goal, eventually pulling one back.

However centre-back Aleathia Smith, a former Avenue player, sealed the visitors’ 4-1 win.

In league action, the FA Women’s National League Division One North saw some close results.

As we reported yesterday, Bradford City lost 1-0 to Chester Le Street, while an Amy Woodruff penalty gave Brighouse Town the points against Liverpool Feds.

Leeds United’s Laura Bartup scored on her debut but Norton won 2-1.

In Silsden’s West Riding Premier League starter, Elly Field and Megan Robson-Owens got a pair of braces in a close 6-4 loss against Harrogate Railway.

The First Division saw Emily Throup and Holly Morgan on target for Skipton, but they lost 5-2 to Farsley Celtic Juniors Reserves, and Tyersal’s Jamie Lukacs netted their only goal in a 7-1 loss to Leeds United under-21s.

Phoenix lived up to their name as they came back from 1-0 down for a 2-1 Second Division victory over Dewsbury Rangers at Sunnybank Lane, with goals from Sanah Razaq and Henna Shaheen.

In the Yorkshire U18 Girls League, Queensbury Celtic put in a strong performance in Division Two South to beat Ryburn 5-3 at Pit Lane.

They scored through a Shoanna Clark hat-trick, Elisha Waters and an own goal.

Division One saw Bradford City win 4-1 at Scarborough, and Brighouse Town win 9-1 at Horsforth.