Arsenal Ladies extended their lead at the top of the Women's Super League with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Liverpool on Sunday.

Laura Harvey's side led at the break courtesy of Kim Little's penalty before doubling their advantage in the second period with another spot-kick from the Scotland international.

It was the perfect response to Thursday's disappointing FA Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Chelsea, which Arsenal lost 2-0 despite dominating.

The visitors started brightly and forced Nicky Davies into action inside a minute trough Little's fierce effort, before Jordan Nobbs went close soon after.

Ciara Grant ensured Liverpool would not break the deadlock with a fine challenge to deny Australia international Emily Gielnik, signed from Brisbane Roar on Friday. 

Little fired over shortly afterwards before Harvey's side were awarded a penalty five minutes before the break when the Scot was felled by Samantha Chappell inside the box. The midfielder stepped up to open the scoring.

With half an hour remaining Arsenal - and Little - had two. This time the 21-year-old's shot was handled by Lynda Shepherd and, once more, she converted from 12 yards.

Niamh Fahey hit a post before Gielnik fired wide after neat build-up play. But Arsenal saw out their third win of the season to maintain a 100 per cent start to the campaign.

Arsenal Ladies

1
Harris
2
Fahey
3
Flaherty
4
Grant
5
Scott
6
Yankey 69
7
Chapman (C)
8
Little Goal! Goal!
9
Nobbs
10
Carter 30
11
Davison

Substitutes

12
Nicole Adams
13
Tracy
14
Ladd
15
Bragg 69
16
Houghton 30
17
Beattie

Liverpool Ladies

1
Nicola Davies
2
Chappell
3
Brusell 64
4
Jones
5
Twohig
6
Lynda Shepherd 77
7
Jones
8
Jones
9
Evans
10
Hannah Keryakoplis 64
11
Gielnik

Substitutes

12
Clansey
13
Nicki Harding 64
14
Charlton
15
Amie Fleming 77
16
Jones 64
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