Arsenal moved to within three points of their fifth successive Premier League title with a 2-0 win over Bristol Academy.
Bristol showed some good defensive organisation in the first half to frustrate Arsenal and make it difficult for them to play their passing game. However Arsenal's superior possession paid off just before the interval.
After making several penetrating runs in off the left flank throughout the half, Karen Carney was fouled in the box. Kelly Smith coolly stepped up to convert the penalty in the 44th minute to make it 1-0.
After the interval Arsenal continued to enjoy the lion's share of possession but were unable to make the final pass tell. They went close when Jayne Ludlow headed onto the bar from a Carney corner.
It wasn't until the 75th minute that Arsenal persistence paid off and sealed the win, as Rachel Yankey, on as a substitute, scored at the far post after Smith's mazy run and cross from the right flank.
Elsewhere Everton were held to a 2-2 draw against Birmingham. That means Arsenal can secure another title at Emirates Stadium on Thursday, April 24 if they beat Chelsea in front of a sell-out crowd of just over 5,000.Copyright 2014 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 21 Apr 2008