Arsenal Ladies progressed to the Fifth Round of the Women's FA Cup after an emphatic win at Stockport County.
The hosts play their home games on an artificial turf pitch and this worked in Arsenal's favour, as the ball travelled quickly and suited their flowing style of play.
The Gunners dominated the game from the start creating many chances, but the Stockport defence and goalkeeper did everything they could to keep them at bay.
Arsenal knew that they had to be patient and finally got their reward after 40 minutes when Katie Chapman converted Ciara Grant's cut back. Lianne Sanderson could have increased the advantage before half time but her effort was turned away superbly.
Arsenal knew that the game was far from over at 1-0 and the
hosts came out fighting after the break. On 56 minutes
a foul on Anita Asante went unpunished, allowing a
Stockport forward to run clear through on goal and level
the scoreline. Vic Aker's Ladies picked up the pace
immediately and went ahead for the second
time when Kelly Smith drove through the Stockport defence to
net her first goal of the game.
Arsenal's third goal came from Alex Scott, who received the ball from Smith to go one on one before calmly slotting past the goalkeeper.
Stockport continued to endeavour but their task became an uphill challenge when their goalscorer received her second yellow card.
The visitor's final goal came when substitute Gemma Davison was brought down in the area on 82 minutes and Smith converted the penalty to round off a well-earned win.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 7 Jan 2007