Arsenal Ladies Reserves travelled to Cardiff on Sunday for their second game of the season under the watchful eye of first-team manager Vic Akers and reserve boss Steve Jones.

Akers made five changes from the team that won so emphatically last week at home to Bristol. Helped by only two first team squad members, Yvonne Tracy and Gemma Davison, the young and inexperienced side produced a fine display on a difficult playing surface.

The team had the ideal start with Sarah Wiltshire bungling the ball over the line inside one minute. Cardiff regrouped well and caused Arsenal several problems with their physical nature, but the visitors technical ability soon had the Gunners back in control. They were awarded a penalty after 20 minutes but Walker saw her spot kick well saved. The crucial second goal did eventually come just past the half hour mark thanks to a second from Wiltshire.

The interval proved a welcome break for Cardiff but after 52 minutes the visitors had their third though Coombs and five minutes later Wiltshire completed her hat-trick. The Ladies continued to dominate, and with ten minutes remaining Yvonne Tracy wrapped up the scoring.

"It was a good test for us, we saw some pleasing stuff and it is always important to keep a clean sheet," Akers said after the match.

Jones added that, "Even though we were a young, inexperienced side, we competed well and deserved all three points."

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9 Sep 2007