Arsenal started the defence of the League Cup with a re-arranged home tie against Wolverhampton Ladies on Sunday winning 5 - 0. Due to their European exploits this was only the second game at Borehamwood this season.
Wolves started well but they hardly had time to settle when a powerful shot from Alex Scott put the Gunners ahead in the 10th minute. The Wolves defence was under constant pressure and keeper Natalie Hall made some good saves to keep them in the game.
Despite the excellent attacking play the second goal did not arrive until the 25 minute. Ludlow laying a ball across goal to Kelly Smith, scored the first of her brace. Smith got her second in the 43rd minute sliding home a cross from Rachel Yankey. Just two minutes later Jayne Ludlow made it four, heading in a cross from Pealling.
Sixty five minutes into the game Alex Scott's perfectly placed ball through to Ciara Grant saw her score the only goal of the second half. .After their excellent first half display Arsenal dropped the tempo in the second half but had done enough in the first half to ensure that they went through to the second round, where they will meet Manchester City (away).
Despite the superiority of the Arsenal team, the young Wolves team acquitted themselves well and should take pride from their excellent display especially the young goalkeeper Natalie Hall.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 2 Oct 2005