Arsenal Ladies came within inches of losing their coveted unbeaten record as they played out a 1-1 draw against Leeds United at London Colney on Wednesday night.

Karen Carney had slipped the hosts ahead midway through the first period, latching onto a long ball, and although Arsenal had chances to put daylight between them and their opponents the deficit stayed at one until the break.

But within a minute of the restart things changed. Leeds forward Jade Moore was afforded the freedom of the offensive third and confidently guided the ball home under substitute 'keeper Rebecca Spencer.

From that point on it was one-way traffic, but a combination of smart shot-stopping, the post and wastefulness from Arsenal ensured that the watching crowd remained on tenterhooks until the end. And the nerves were jangled most notably when, in stoppage time, Sue Smith curled a sumptuous effort a hair's breadth wide of the right-hand post. 

The draw, only the second time since November 2005 the Gunners have dropped points, brought the curtain down on a long hard season for the Gunners. 

Another 'Double' for Vic Akers' side was secured in the FA Women's Cup Final at the start of May. It isn't quite the show-stopping 'Quadruple' of last year but, after a draining World Cup at the start of the campaign, the Ladies can look back at their achievements with a sense of pride

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14 May 2008