Arsenal Ladies continued their unblemished start to the season with an emphatic 9-0 victory at Fulham on Wednesday night.
Gemma Davison, Jayne Ludlow and Karen Carney each bagged a brace while Katie Chapman, Lianne Sanderson and Rachel Yankey were also on the scoresheet. For Arsenal's bevvy of England internationals, it was a perfect way to celebrate after qualifying for the World Cup four days earlier.
The game opened at a frantic pace and only five minutes had elapsed when Davison pounced on a flick from Chapman to put Arsenal ahead. Fulham regrouped and Emma Byrne produced a smart save to deny the hosts an equaliser just before the half-hour mark.
Shortly after Byrne's save, Chapman doubled Arsenal's lead. Ludlow's pass beat the Fulham offside trap and Chapman made no mistake. Sanderson added a third 10 minutes before the break after another through ball caught the Fulham goalkeeper out of position.
Three minutes before half time Yankey ended any lingering hope of a Fulham fightback when she latched onto a deep cross from Carney and fired a fierce strike into the net from a tight angle.
The second half was a similar story. Davison scored a fine individual goal two minutes after the restart, weaving her way past four defenders before finishing well.
It was left to Carney and Ludlow to grab two goals apiece, the latter scoring the goal of the game with a sweet left-foot volley after Yankey had delivered a fine cross from the left flank.
Arsenal now face a hectic schedule of up to five games in two weeks. Doncaster Rovers Belles are up first in the League Cup at Boreham Wood FC this Sunday. The two-legged UEFA Cup tie against Breidablik follows on October 12 and 19 before a Premier League clash with Everton on October 22.
- Scott 64
- Chapman 77 Goal!
- Ludlow Goal! Goal!
- Carney Goal! Goal!
- Davison Goal! Goal!
- Yankey Goal!
- Buet 77
- Larkin 64