It was all City at the Academy Stadium and the Blues progressed thanks to Lucy Bronze’s 82nd minute volley after dominating the game throughout.
Nick Cushing handed competitive debuts to Carli Lloyd and Melissa Lawley, who joined in the winter from Houston Dash and Birmingham City respectively.
The Blues were awarded a penalty in the 65th minute when Bronze was tripped in the area by Mandy Van Den Berg, but Earps sprung to her left to palm away Georgia Stanway’s spot kick.
The pressure paid off two minutes later when City took a deserved lead through Bronze. Lawley’s free kick was cleared to the edge of the area and Bronze volleyed home to send the City fans wild.