Arsenal Ladies took on Sheffield Ladies in an exhibition game at the Bright Finance Stadium on Wednesday evening as part of Sheffield FC's 150th anniversary celebrations and ran out eventually 12-0 winners.
Arsenal brought along their first-team with only Mary Phillip missing from the nine England players that had been selected for the FIFA 2007 Women's World Cup next month in China earlier in the same day. However Sheffield FC Ladies held strong early on in that game and can proudly claim to keeping the European Cup and Premier League champions at bay for 20 minutes.
Nigel Hughes, Sheffield FC Ladies coach, said: "It was a fantastic occasion and a great advertisement for ladies football.
"Arsenal conducted themselves very professionally and were determined to play the game as best they could. They certainly took it seriously with the amount of internationals in their side and we did very well to keep the score goalless for more than 20 minutes.
"The Arsenal manager spoke with us after the game and praised our players' performance, particularly our goalkeeper Caz Whiteman who was outstanding."
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