Arsenal won 6-1 at Sunderland to go three points clear at the top of the Nationwide Women's Premier League.

Scottish international Julie Fleeting gave the visitors the lead after 17 minutes - an advantage they carried into the half-time interval. Almost immediately after the restart, the Gunners doubled their lead when Sunderland striker, Mel Reay, put through her own net. And moments later, Rachel McArthur made the game safe with Arsenal's third.

Sunderland hit back through Donna Lanaghan to give themselves a glimmer of hope. However any faint hopes of a revival by the home side were dashed when McArthur grabbed her second in the 54th minute to make it 4-1.

Republic of Ireland international Ciara Grant added a fifth for Vic Akers' rampant outfit five minutes later, before Lianne Sanderson completed the scoring in the 69th minute.


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5 Feb 2006