Women’s football: Arsenal lift cup at Keepmoat

Arsenal's Rachel Yankey with the cup
Arsenal's Rachel Yankey with the cup
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Arsenal Ladies lifted their 12th FA Women’s Cup yesterday thanks to a comprehensive victory over Bristol Academy at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium.

Steph Houghton struck first blood with a powerful header in the second minute and Bristol had goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable for the next hour.

Jordan Nobbs doubled the Gunners’ lead with her header on 72 minutes before Ellen White capitalised on six minutes of added time - awarded for Lucy Staniforth’s injury - to guarantee glory with a late tap-in. Arsenal took the lead with the first attack of the game, Rachel Yankey roaming down the left to pick out Houghton, who headed beyond Chamberlain at the far post.

Staniforth’s gamewas over on the hour mark when she twisted her knee.

The crowd were subdued but soon leapt to their feet as Arsenal scored their second.

In a mirror image of Houghton’s opener, Nobbs rose on the left edge of the six-yard box to nod home Gemma Davison’s cross from deep on the right.

It was no surprise when White rubberstamped Arsenal’s triumph by converting Nobbs’ spilled shot.