Arsenal Ladies stormed into the Sixth Round of the FA Women's Cup with an emphatic win against Reading.

The holders booked their place in the last eight of the competition thanks to four goals apiece for Lianne Sanderson and her strike partner Gemma Davison.

Jayne Ludlow (2), Anita Asante, Gill Flaherty, Rachel Yankey and Sian Larkin were also on target for a weakened Arsenal side.

Vic Akers' side were in cruise control throughout the tie but there was a moment to savour for Reading when Natasha Caswell's long-range effort gave the Southern Division side a late consolation.

Despite being outclassed for much of the game, Reading had the first chance after five minutes. Emma Byrne kept the Royals at bay on that occasion and was barely troubled afterwards as Arsenal took command.

Sanderson's unstoppable finish gave Akers' side the lead a minute later and they led 8-0 at the break, Asante rounding off a one-sided first half with a rare goal.

Byrne, Ludlow and Ciara Grant made way at half-time as Akers gave some valuable match time to his fringe players. Gilly Flaherty marked her third appearance for Arsenal with a well-timed header after 48 minutes.

The holders ended the game with 10 players after Danielle Buett limped off with an injury and Reading took advantage of their numerical advantage to set up a consolation goal for Caswell.

Arsenal will now play Birmingham City in the Quarter Finals on Sunday, February 11 at 12pm. This match will be played at Boreham Wood FC.

Arsenal Ladies

1
Byrne
2
Flaherty
3
Asante
4
Chapman
5
Grant
6
Buet
7
Ludlow
8
Yankey
9
Davison
10
Sanderson
11
Carney

Substitutes

12
Spencer
13
Phillip
14
Scott
15
Larkin
16
Smith
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