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Seagulls fight back but can't get past Gunners: Match report

It finished Arsenal 3 Brighton 2 Credit: PA

Tomas Rosicky scored one and set up another as Arsenal held off a second-half rally from Brighton to win 3-2 and book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Arsenal looked to be cruising to victory at the Amex Stadium after Theo Walcott's opener after 90 seconds and Mesut Ozil's close-range finish put the holders two up at the break.

Brighton, however, twice reduced the advantage to one in the second half as Chris O'Grady and Sam Baldock both found the net either side of Rosicky's superb volley to give the home side hope.

The Seagulls poured forward late on and could have had a penalty when Calum Chambers handled in the box with five minutes to play, but the Gunners were spared and it was the holders who sneaked into the next round.

The home fans had barely taken their seats before Walcott latched onto Chambers' driven cross and fired a low shot into the far corner for his first Arsenal goal since New Year's Day 2014.

In the 24th minute, Arsenal doubled their advantage as Rosicky ghosted inside from the left and as Brighton worked out who should close down the midfielder, he slid in Ozil, who tucked the ball home from close range.

Arsenal cruised into the break relatively untroubled, but four minutes into the second period the contest was sparked into life.

Chambers failed to clear the ball on the edge of the box and O'Grady seized the opportunity, rolling Mathieu Flamini and driving low past Wojciech Szczesny to give his side a lifeline.

Brighton's goal injected belief and tempo into the home side's play and suddenly it was Arsenal who looked rattled.

The Gunners had a penalty appeal when Gordon Greer appeared to handle Giroud's flick before Brighton were crying foul at the other end when Inigo Calderon took a tumble after a tangle of legs in the box with Koscielny.

Just as Brighton looked to be gaining momentum, however, Arsenal struck again.

Rosicky recovered possession outside Brighton's box, beat two players before playing a disguised pass left to Giroud. The striker chipped the ball back into Rosicky's path and the Czech volleyed past David Stockdale to restore the two-goal advantage.

Arsenal tried to establish some control over the tie but Brighton continued to rally and in the 75th minute, they again pegged their opponents back.

Danny Holla collected possession 25 yards out and the midfielder played a beautifully weighted pass into Baldock, who lifted the ball over Szczesny and into the net for 3-2.

Sanchez hit the crossbar with a bending free-kick with six minutes to play but Brightoncame again and could have had a penalty when Adrian Colunga's cross hit the arm of Chambers.

Michael Oliver, however, waved away the appeals and the Gunners held on to book their place in the next round.

Bournemouth battle hard but can't beat Villa: Match report

Eddie Howe dejected on the touchline Credit: PA

Carles Gil helped fire Aston Villa into the FA Cup fifth round as they avoided an upset to beat Bournemouth 2-1.

The midfielder's first goal for the club on his full debut put the hosts ahead against the battling Cherries, who troubled Villa in the first half.

Andi Weimann's second-half strike - his first goal since November - then proved crucial as Villa extended their lead.

Callum Wilson replied deep into stoppage time but the visitors ran out of time to mount a comeback.

Eddie Howe's Sky Bet Championship leaders did scare Villa, though, with Kieran Richardson clearing off the line from Shaun MacDonald and Eunan O'Kane twice going close.

Bournemouth were brighter as Villa struggled to gain momentum against the vibrant Cherries.

O'Kane was denied by Given before he fired over from the edge of the box as Villa hung on and Okore made a fine tackle five minutes before the break as Yann Kermorgant threatened to break through.

Bournemouth were in control, although were unable to find a breakthrough before half-time, but Villa conjured a fine chance just two minutes after the re-start.

Benteke seized on a loose pass and evaded two challenges before Gil collected the ball and fired into the side netting.

However, the Spain Under-21 international did break the deadlock on 51 minutes with a beauty. He collected the ball before cutting inside, easily beating Cook on the right, and curling a wonderful strike into the top corner from 18 yards.

It was Villa's first goal in 223 minutes in all competitions and knocked the stuffing out ofBournemouth.

Wilson and Simon Francis were thrown on but Villa doubled the lead on 71 minutes when Weimann converted Hutton's low cross from 10 yards.

The Cherries did pull a goal back in injury time when Wilson tapped in from close range to end a neat move.


Sharing stories: Kent in WW1

An interactive website has been launched to help people find out about the links between our coastal towns and the Great War. It has photographs and stories and encourages visitors to add their own family histories. Darrienne Price, Colin Walker and Pam Gray feature in Nashreen Issa's report.

Missing mother's car seized in murder investigation

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a 25-year-old woman from Corfe Castle have seized her car, and are appealing to anyone who may have seen it in the days before she disappeared.

Police appeal for witnesses of car in days before disappearance Credit: Dorset Police

A man who knew the mother-of-four is still being questioned on suspicion of her murder.

Samantha Henderson was reported missing on Thursday 22 January 2015.

We have not found Samantha yet and are gravely concerned about her, fearing that she may have come to some harm. Our search for Samantha is continuing and we are desperate for any information about her whereabouts.

We have seized Samantha’s car from her home address but are very keen for any information about the movement of it between 3pm on Wednesday 21 January 2015 and 10.25am on Thursday 22 January 2015. It is a blue Peugeot 307 Estate with the registration HV04 ZFM.

Anyone who has seen this car during the week being driven or parked somewhere should contact Dorset Police. All calls will be treated in strictest confidence.

– Detective Inspector Mark Samuel

Police added that Samantha’s disappearance is completely out of character as she has never gone missing before leaving her four young children.


Dean of Rochester Cathedral resigns

The Very Reverend Dr Mark Beach has resigned voluntarily from his post as Dean of Rochester Cathedral.

He is taking on a new role outside ordained ministry, and has been appointed to the post of Director of the Blackfriars Settlement.

He will be leaving the Cathedral with immediate effect.

I am also able to announce today that the Reverend Canon Philip Hesketh has accepted my invitation to take on the role of Acting Dean, and I ask your prayers for him and for all who share with him in leadership at Rochester Cathedral.

– The Bishop of Rochester

Fire breaks out on cruise ship which sailed from Southampton

The fire, off the coast of Morocco, has been extinguished Credit: Fred Olsen cruises

A cruise ship which sailed from Southampton,carrying more than 1,000 people, was left without power off the coast of Morocco, after a fire in the engine room.

The ship listed for a short time but is now fully stable, and the fire has been put out.

Boudicca is carrying 784 guests and 356 crew on board and the firm said today it has kept everyone informed of the situation.

The ship is now on the move again near Casablanca, with three auxillary engines and two main engines running.

No one was injured in the incident.

The ship left Southampton on Tuesday and sailed from Cadiz in Spain, yesterday.

It is scheduled to arrive at Arrecife in Lanzarote, tomorrow.

The Boudicca is one of four cruise liners owned by the UK-based, Norwegian-owned company Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.

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