We picked up our first win of the Spring Series with a resounding 5-1 victory over Yeovil Town at Viridor Stadium on Sunday.
It was 2-0 after just eight minutes, with a penalty from Jodie Taylor and an own goal from Molly Clark giving us an early advantage.
Taylor found the net again in the 24th minute after being teed up by Danielle Carter, before Carter turned goalscorer herself to nod home an Anna Patten cross.
Lucy Quinn pulled one back for the hosts before the interval, with Heather O’Reilly getting her first goal in Arsenal colours from the penalty spot to complete the scoring.
SETTING THE SCENE
Sari van Veenendaal continued in goal, with Alex Scott, Leah Williamson, Patten and Dominique Janssen all keeping their places in the starting XI.
Jordan Nobbs continued in central midfield, where she was once again joined by Lotte Wubben-Moy.
O’Reilly, Carter and Danielle van de Donk lined up just in front of the central midfield duo.
Taylor spearheaded our attack.
We wasted no time in searching for the opening goal in this encounter, with Taylor firing home an early spot-kick after a handball in the area.
Clark inadvertently turned the ball into her own net just moments later to double our advantage.
Taylor then turned home to complete her brace before Carter headed home a Patten cross to make it 4-0.
Yeovil hit back before the break however, with Quinn latching on to a through ball and slotting past Van Veenendaal.
Our four-goal cushion was restored when O’Reilly opened her account for the club from the penalty spot after Scott was felled by Helen Bleazard.
Shortly after the Glovers went close to pulling back another goal, but Hannah Short’s headed effort couldn’t quite cross the line.
With 10 minutes remaining, Megan Walsh was required to tip over a long-range effort from substitute Chloe Kelly.
There were to be no further goals, as Pedro Martinez Losa’s side recorded their maiden Spring Series victory.
Referee: Scott Jackson
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