Arsenal ladies took a massive step towards retaining the Women’s Premier League title yesterday with a convincing 3-0 win at home to Doncaster Rovers Belles. Played at Meadow Park in front of a crowd just shy of 450, goals from Kim Little, Ellen White, and Steph Houghton meant that Arsenal now know victory in their last two games will see them become the inaugural Super League Champions and claim their 13th League title since 1993.
Kim Little’s strike in the 37th minute was the forward’s fourth goal in three games and she could have easily had a couple before she managed to race in to the box, after being found by Julie Fleeting, and blasted home past a helpless Mary Earps in the Doncaster goal. The second came in the 65th minute with an absolute beauty of a long-range effort from White, struck from the edge of the box, which flew in to the top corner. Then, in injury time, Steph Houghton made sure the score reflected Arsenal’s dominance by heading home at the far post.
It had been clear from the start that Arsenal meant business and from kick off they had dominated even if they found their rhythm a bit hard to come by. From the 14th minute there only really looked to be one winner as Arsenal went close, and as the match wore on, their intensity and fluid passing began to bring rewards. It was an assured display from a team high on confidence.
With Arsenal Ladies last two games against Everton (at home, to be shown live on ESPN) and Liverpool (away), they know that six points will seal the league title. Birmingham are currently top of the table by two points but have played a game more.
ARSENAL LADIES: (4-3-3): Byrne; Flaherty, Grant, F White, Fahey; Little, Chapman, Ludlow (Houghton 81mins); Carter, Fleeting (Beattie 84mins), Yankey (E White 67mins)
DONCASTER ROVERS BELLES: (4-4-2): Earps; Karlsson, Jones, Williams, Cox (Sjoman 79mins); Hamilton (Bright 79mins), Exley, Holtham, Chadwick; Sigsworth (Scott 64mins), O’Gorman
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