Arsenal Ladies Reserves travelled to Cardiff on Sunday for their
second game of the season under the watchful eye of first-team
manager Vic Akers and reserve boss Steve Jones.
Akers made five changes from the team that won so emphatically
last week at home to Bristol. Helped by only two first team squad
members, Yvonne Tracy and Gemma Davison, the young and
inexperienced side produced a fine display on a difficult playing
The team had the ideal start with Sarah Wiltshire bungling the
ball over the line inside one minute. Cardiff regrouped well and
caused Arsenal several problems with their physical nature, but the
visitors technical ability soon had the Gunners back in control.
They were awarded a penalty after 20 minutes but Walker saw
her spot kick well saved. The crucial second goal did eventually
come just past the half hour mark thanks to a second
The interval proved a welcome break for Cardiff but after 52
minutes the visitors had their third though Coombs and five minutes
later Wiltshire completed her hat-trick. The Ladies continued to
dominate, and with ten minutes remaining Yvonne Tracy wrapped up
"It was a good test for us, we saw some pleasing stuff and
it is always important to keep a clean sheet," Akers said
after the match.
Jones added that, "Even though we were a young,
inexperienced side, we competed well and deserved all three
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