Well Done to Arsenal Ladies and of course to Laura Harvey, the Arsenal manager for winning the FA Cup yesterday.
What a day it was and what a performance by our Ladies – they truly deserve the hangover they will all have this morning.
Another FA Cup Trophy in the bag and a massive confidence builder for the rest of their season in the WSL.
The game was all but over by half-time thanks to two wonderful goals scored by Kim Little and Julie Fleeting.
The first was scored within fifteen minutes; Kim Little weaved her way through the Bristol defence and finished with a clinical shot into the bottom left hand corner of the Bristol goal.
Then on the half an hour mark, Julie Fleeting saw a powerful header beat the Bristol keeper, Siobhan Chamberlain. Arsenal took their foot off the gas in the second half but remained comfortable until the end.
Laura Harvey was born just down the road from the Ricoh Arena in Bulkington and spent six years at Coventry City Ladies as a player, this triumph will hold even greater significance.
Victory gives the 31-year-old her second trophy since taking charge midway through last season and brings Arsenal’s tally of trophy’s to an incredible total of 33 since their formation in 1987.
Jemma Rose and Fleeting had chances early on and maybe both should have done better but nerves can be cruel. Little settled those nerves with a wonderful finish and Arsenal didn’t really look back from that moment.
Rachel Yankey burst down the left and then set up Jordan Nobbs, but Bristol’s defence blocked her chance. The same thing happened to prevent Fleeting from nicking a goal after some great work by Ellen White. Arsenal had finally settled and in the mood for this Final.
Fleeting then saw another effort hit the crossbar and only a wonderful one-handed save kept out White’s low header seconds later. It wasn’t long before Fleeting did score; she rose highest in the area to head home a quality cross from Niamh Fahey that only Gael Clichy could dream of delivering into the area – from six yards out, Chamberlain had no chance.
White and Fleeting again went close with headers and Bristol’s Helen Bleazard blasted a shot over the crossbar from 35 yards out.
Half Time and the game already seemed over!
The second half saw a Bleazard free kick brush the top of Emma Byrne’s cross-bar and that was pretty much it for the second half. Bristol enjoyed a tad more possession but never really looked like scoring one, let alone the three goals they need to win this final.
Arsenal looked comfortable after ten minutes into this game, would anyone dare write them off from winning the first WSL Trophy up for grabs??
Well Done, a good game of football and a great win for our girls….
On to today and our final game of the season.
Who knows what will happen, the way things have gone we could be looking at another battering couldn’t we…
But, something makes me think we won’t – I actually believe we will end the season with a win!
Whatever happens, it shouldn’t change Arsene Wengers plans for this transfer window should it?
I just hope the away fans get to see a great performance and a win to take home with them…..
Can’t let the day go by without the rumours:
Bayern Munich are to offer £10M for Sagna, Barca are to offer £50M for Fabregas but Man City will offer £58M – Clichy and Nasri have been told to sign new contracts of be sold, we are still after Samba and a whole load of players are leaving, incuding Vela, Bendtner, Eboue, Rosicky and Arshavin…
Don’t you just love this time of year 😉
Finally, The Sunday Mirror report that Stuart Pearce has at last seen sense and will not include Jack Wilshere in the under 21 squad, that is good news for Arsenal.
Have a good day all…..
I’ll be cheering on Ian Holloway’s boys – I really hope they do something special today and we see them in the EPL next season….