Arsenal overcame the loss of four first-team players on international duty to dispatch West Ham 8-1 in the Fifth Round of the FA Women's Cup.

England striker Lianne Sanderson got the holders off to a flying start with a goal after just two minutes and Gemma Davison doubled Arsenal's advantage 20 minutes later.

The Southern League side kept their composure and Samantha Puttick's excellent 20-yard strike hauled the Hammers back into the game. But the respite was temporary as Kelly Smith, Mary Phillip and Rachel Yankey struck before half-time to give Arsenal a 5-1 lead.

Phillip's goal was most notable - it was the England defender's second in third games after more than three years without registering a goal in an Arsenal shirt.
Davison, who had looked menacing all game, earned her side a penalty eight minutes into the second half. It gave Sanderson the opportunity to grab her second of the match and her 28th of another prolific season. Karen Carney and an own goal completed the scoring.
Arsenal will play Birmingham at home in the Quarter-Finals; the tie will take place on Sunday, February 10.

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28 Jan 2008