Arsenal Ladies began their quest for a record ninth League Cup with a comfortable 4-1 victory against Doncaster Rovers Belles on Sunday.

Julie Fleeting grabbed a hat-trick for Vic Akers' side and Rachel Yankey was also on target as Arsenal set up a clash with Birmingham City.

Fleeting got the Ladies off to a flying start with two goals in the first five minutes. On both occasions the Scotland captain finished confidently when one-on-one with the Belles goalkeeper after latching onto a precise through ball.

The Belles were thrown a lifeline in the 28th minute when Mary Phillip handled inside the area. The penalty was converted but Arsenal regrouped and re-established a two-goal cushion three minutes into the second half when Yankey struck from the left-hand side of the box.

Doncaster continued to work hard and pushed the Arsenal defence back at times. Vicky Exley was unlucky when her shot cannoned off the crossbar, but that was as close as the Belles came to reducing the deficit again.

There was one more goal at the other end. Fleeting finished the game as she started it with another brilliant finish three minutes from time, beating the keeper and rolling the ball into the net to complete her hat-trick.

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9 Oct 2006