Jayne Ludlow and Lianne Sanderson scored a brace apiece as Arsenal Ladies thumped Birmingham 6-0 to reach the Semi-Finals of the FA Women's Cup.

The Gunners took a giant step towards the next round as early as the sixth minute when Ludlow picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box before rounding two players and finding the bottom corner with a left-foot strike. 

Karen Carney added the second four minutes later when she was quickest to react to a Rachel Yankey free-kick that was fumbled by the Birmingham keeper. Wales captain Ludlow then grabbed her second 10 minutes before half time with a carbon copy of her first.

The second half continued in much the same vein as the first. Katie Chapman added a fourth when she popped up in the box unmarked to head home after some intricate build-up play from Sanderson and Kelly Smith. 

Sanderson was then rewarded for her performance with two strikes of her own. The first came on 71 minutes when the striker drove in from the edge of the box following a superb passage of possession from the hosts. She completed the scoring with her second just 11 minutes later when Smith showed great determination down the right before producing a pinpoint lay off for the 19-year-old to guide in a first-time shot.

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11 Feb 2007