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Post-Match Report

Women: Everton 1-2 Arsenal - How it happened

Louise Quinn

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SSE Women's FA Cup
SSE Women's FA Cup
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              C. Kelly (68' pen)
          
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C. Kelly (68' pen)
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                  Carter (25')
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Arsenal Women
Carter (25')
Quinn (90')

WHAT HAPPENED

Louise Quinn scored a last-minute winner to book our place in the SSE Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley.

The game looked like it would be settled in extra-time after a Chloe Kelly’s penalty cancelled out Danielle Carter’s opener, but Quinn’s towering header right at the death means we’ve now reached the final of the competition for a record 16th time. 

The opening stages were tightly contested, with both sides showing great defensive organisation. But in the 25th minute, a fine passing move from back to front saw us take the lead. 

Dominique Janssen picked out Heather O’Reilly on the right wing, who beat her marker, drove to the by-line and picked out Danielle Carter with a low driven pass. Carter made no mistake in finding the back of the net from six yards out. 

From that point we dominated play for the remainder of the first half, creating a number of half-chances for ourselves, and limiting the Toffees to a few long-distance efforts.

Jordan Nobbs came close with a curling effort, before Lisa Evans and O’Reilly combined on the edge of the box, with the latter firing just wide.

We kicked off the second 45 with the same attacking intensity, but it was Everton who provided the first scare of the half. If it wasn’t for a stunning last-ditch tackle from Quinn, Kelly would have certainly raced through on goal.

But then in the 67th minute, the referee judged that Olivia Chance had been fouled inside the box and pointed to the spot. Former Gunner Kelly stepped up and fired the ball beyond the reach of Sari van Veenendaal.

It was a difficult blow to take, but the response of our side was testament to their attitude and ability.

Kim Little dragged an effort wide from 18-yards out, before Vivianne Miedema took the ball down inside the box, turned and fired just over the bar. We continued to pile on the pressure right till the end, and deep into stoppage time came our reward. 

A dangerous corner by Nobbs was hooked into the six-yard box, and there was Quinn to head us into another SSE Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley. 

WHAT IT MEANS

We'll compete with Chelsea in a repeat of the 2016 SSE Women's FA Cup final, for a chance to lift the trophy for a record 15th time at Wembley on Saturday, May 5.


WHAT’S NEXT 

We must now prepare for our home clash with Reading in the Women’s Super League, which will take place on Wednesday, April 18. Kick-off is at 7.30pm.

Interview

'We executed our gameplan perfectly'

Having seen us stretch our unbeaten run to 12 games, Joe Montemurro was keen to praise his side for their performance in beating Reading 3-1.

The manager had expected it to be the "toughest game of the season" but we ran out winners after goals from Kim Little, Dominique Janssen and Danielle Van de Donk.

This is what he told Arsenal Media after the game:

on the team’s performance… 
Reading are a very good team and they are a side that poses a lot of problems, with regards to the way that they structure themselves tactically. They’re a little different to other teams and they have some very good players. We had a gameplan and over the first half, I think we executed it perfectly. I don’t think they had a shot on goal and we had another two one-on-one’s which could have really finished the game off, but at the moment it’s about managing the group. We’ve got a lot of games day after day, every three days, so it’s about managing the group and making sure that we’ve got everyone as fit as possible for each game. 

on whether it was the hardest game of the season so far… 
In patches, yes, it was one of the most difficult games of the season. In patches I think we were good in our understanding of when we should go forward and when we needed to hold the game up, but again, they’re a very good team and we had to be on our guard. But we kept to our structure and it happened for us.

on the team’s positive reaction after conceding… 
It happened at the weekend when we were on top and it happened again today. It was a pity that we didn’t put the game to bed earlier. I can’t think of many teams that have done this, but in the two times that test has been handed to us, we’ve managed to overcome it

on Danielle Van de Donk’s performance… 
Danielle is a really intelligent footballer and a great girl. She suits our style perfectly and she deserves everything she gets because she works so hard during the week and understands tactically what we need to do and she gets the reward for it. 

on what he’s expecting from bottom club Yeovil…  
They’re all challenges. If we play our football then it’s okay because we’ll overcome teams, but the reality is that the squad is now needing to be managed properly and we have everyone fresh for the games we need. Next week is another big week against Liverpool and Birmingham.

News

Junior Members take over Meadow Park

Junior Members take over Meadow Park

We were proud to host our first Junior Members’ Takeover at Meadow Park on Wednesday night.

Four Junior Members were given the opportunity to go behind the scenes and take on key match day roles.
 
First up was our junior kit manager, Mabel (9), who arrived early to set up the dressing room to ensure the team had the perfect preparation. She was then on hand to assist our strength and conditioning coach on the pitch with the team warm-up.

Junior Gunners' Takeover - kit manager

Our junior match official, Elizabeth (9), oversaw the teamsheet exchange with captains Kim Little and Kirsty Pearce. She then had the important job of leading the teams onto the pitch and conducting the coin toss ahead of kick off.

Junior Gunners' Takeover - ref

Club photographer, David Price, was shadowed by junior photographer, Bethanie (15) who spent the match on the sidelines capturing the all the action. Here’s one of her best shots following Dominique Janssen’s first half goal.

Junior match reporter, Lillian (12), watched the game from the media box taking notes throughout. Post-match she interviewed Danielle Carter to get a player’s perspective on how the match unfolded.

Junior Gunners' Takeover - reporter

Here’s her take on the game:

Fans at Meadow Park were thrilled to see Arsenal’s sweet victory against Reading, beating the team 3-1 on Wednesday, April 18. After defeating the opponents 3-2 and then drawing 0-0 recently it was very difficult to predict how this match would go for Arsenal Women. After the game, Danielle Carter said:

“We knew that if we get it tactically right today we would come on top, which we did. We were confident.”

During the warm up both teams looked ready to pounce, but as the whistle blew it quickly became clear that Arsenal had the upper hand and kept pushing forward. The first goal came early on in the game from team captain, Kim Little, who smashed the ball into the back of the net only eight minutes into the game. This gave the team an extra boost of confidence with many chances coming from Nobbs, Miedema and Carter.

Their efforts paid off with another goal in the 20th minute with Janssen heading a sensational goal which finished Jordan Nobbs’ powerful corner kick.

Fara Williams proved to be a real threat to Arsenal throughout the game. She sent a ball flying from the corner and into the box, but the chance was missed by Reading’s Rachel Rowe who kicked the ball just over the crossbar.

Williams’ efforts eventually resulted in a goal four minutes into the second half. With Reading now catching up, their players were suddenly energised, and Arsenal found themselves having to defend more fiercely. They were soon attacking again in Arsenal style, with Danielle Van De Donk scoring the third and final goal for Arsenal in the 75th minute.

The rest of the game saw more free kicks and two yellow cards as both sides fought tirelessly up and down the pitch.

Heather O’Reilly made her mark quickly as she entered late in the second half and created many chances. She was just off target sending the ball over the crossbar and making the home crowd go wild.

Player of the Match was awarded to Danielle van De Donk for her remarkable performance.

Supporters were loud and proud on this bright day made even brighter by Arsenal cementing their position in the Women’s Super League by gaining three points.

Ends

A special mention also goes out to our junior programme designer, Connie (4), whose artistic skills were on display on the front cover of our programme last night.

Junior Gunners' Takeover - programme

Thank you to all of our Junior Members who took part. If you would like to become a member, please visit our website 

Post-Match Report

Arsenal 3-1 Reading: How it happened

WHAT HAPPENED

We moved back into third place in the Women’s Super League table with a comfortable 3-1 win over Reading at Meadow Park. 

Goals from Kim Little, Dominique Janssen and Danielle Van de Donk helped us to secure all three points, extending our impressive unbeaten run across all competitions to 12 games. 

We showed our attacking intent right from the off, with Jordan Nobbs and Danielle Carter coming close in quick succession. 

But it was captain Little who opened the scoring when she checked in on her right foot, beat her marker and fired the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box. 

Mary Earps then rushed off her line to deny Vivianne Miedema after the Dutch forward had been put through on goal by Van de Donk, before we eventually doubled our lead in the 26th minute. 

The Royals failed to clear a corner and the resulting goalmouth scramble that followed, leaving Dominique Janssen free to head home from close range. 

Reading halved our lead in the second half when a cleared corner landed at the feet of former Gunner Fara Williams, who rifled a first-time volley into the bottom corner.

However, we killed off the visitors' hope of a comeback 13 minutes later when Van de Donk showed great composure in front of goal to round the keeper and find the back of the net. 

That was enough to seal the win, as we continue to keep the pressure on at the top of table.

WHAT IT MEANS


WHAT’S NEXT

We must now prepare for a trip to The Winterstoke Stadium on Saturday when we face Yeovil Town in the Women's Super League.
 

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