By Oliver Yew at Meadow Park
Arsenal Ladies kept their Women's Super League title bid on track with a hard fought 3-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles at Meadow Park.
Goals from Kim Little, Ellen White and Steph Houghton kept the Gunners on course to add the league title to the FA Cup they won earlier in the season.
Two wins from their final two fixtures will be enough to secure the inaugural WSL crown.
Laura Harvey's side struggled for rhythm in the early exchanges at Meadow Park but they clicked into life in the 14th minute when Julie Fleeting released Rachel Yankey down the right. The forward used her pace to ghost past Maria Karlsson but her cross into the six-yard box was cut out by Victoria Williams.
The danger was not over for the visitors though as Little picked up the clearance and danced her way through the heart of the Doncaster defence. With only Mary Eards to beat the midfielder fired just past the far post.
Arsenal were in full control and Danielle Carter's good work down the right forced Shelly Cox into giving a free-kick away for a foul on the winger. Yankey delivered the set piece and Gunners captain Faye White was inches away from giving her side the lead.
Despite their dominance the home side were lucky to still be on level terms after Precious Hamilton picked out the unmarked Aine O'Gorman in the Arsenal box but the striker's header did not trouble Emma Byrne.
Harvey's side finally got the breakthrough just before the interval after good work from Fleeting released Little and the midfielder's shot flew into the top corner for her fourth goal in three games.
After the break Arsenal kept pushing for a second with Fleeting going close. The Scottish forward showed excellent control bringing down Gilly Flaherty's cross and her shot, on the turn, worked Eards in the Belles goal.
Minutes later Fleeting went close to doubling the Gunners' lead but her cushioned header drifted just past the post.
Substitute Ellen White was next to test Eards but the goalkeeper got down well to her right to make the save. Soon after, Gunners full-back Flaherty hit a ferocious drive which had Eards beaten but the ball flew inches over the bar.
Arsenal's second eventually came in the 76th minute after a fast counter-attack involving the influential Little and Fleeting, before White powered home a superb left-footed strike past Eards
The Gunners wrapped up all three points in the 92nd minute when substitute Houghton rose highest at the far post to head home.
- Ludlow 79
- Yankey 69
- Little Goal!
- White 69 Goal!
- Houghton 79 Goal!
- Cox 78
- Hamilton 78 Yellow Card
- Sigsworth 66
- Bright 78
- Sjoman 78
- Scott 66