Arsenal moved closer to securing their fifth Nationwide Women's Premier League title in six seasons with a resounding 5-0 win over Everton on Sunday.

The result means Vic Akers' side can retain their trophy if they beat second-placed Charlton on Thursday.

Jayne Ludlow came closest to ending the first-half stalemate when her shot hit the crossbar but the score remained goalless until the break.

Four minutes into the second half, a goal by Arsenal striker Lianne Sanderson was swiftly followed by a second yellow card for Everton's Fara Williams.

With the numerical advantage, the Gunners then took charge and just nine minutes later, they struck again - and again.

First Ludlow bagged her first of the afternoon, then Kelly Smith got in on the act with her 16th league goal of the season. Ludlow grabbed her second - and Arsenal's fourth - after 67 minutes before Sanderson made it five late on.

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10 Apr 2006