Women's Super League 1
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Women's Super League One: Arsenal Ladies 5-1 Sunderland Ladies

Natalia (left) & Danielle van de Donk
Arsenal Ladies are now nine points behind leaders Manchester City, with a game in hand

Sunderland Ladies captain Stephanie Bannon scored two own goals as Women's FA Cup winners Arsenal Ladies moved up to fourth in Women's Super League One.

Bannon headed into her own net on two minutes before poking in another, and Natalia's double put Arsenal 4-0 ahead.

After Dominique Janssen's fine fifth, Beth Mead grabbed a late consolation.

Sunderland, who last won a league match in July 2015, are three points above bottom-club Doncaster Rovers Belles, who have played four matches fewer.

In the first match after the WSL's mid-season break, Arsenal made it three wins from an unbeaten run of four matches, which includes' May's Wembley win over Chelsea.

If the Gunners' first two goals were scrappy, Natalia's brace was superb, first finishing from close range after good skill from Vicky Losada before combining with her fellow Spaniard again to send a sweet volley into the bottom corner.

Bannon did well after the break to clear a Losada effort off the line, but nothing could stop Janssen's powerful drive to make it 5-0.

Mead's low finish provided a late cheer for the visitors, who had just two shots on target and have now conceded 12 goals in their last two visits to Arsenal, following April's 7-0 cup semi-final loss.

Arsenal Ladies striker Natalia: "We didn't start very well in the league. We missed a few points and that's not very good for our confidence.

"Now, after the break, I think the new players are settling in and giving really good things to the team.

"We are a better team now and we can play like that, so we're fighting for the league until the end. It's great to be back after the break with three points."

Sunderland Ladies head coach Carlton Fairweather: "The positives from the game were that we came out in the second half and did really well.

"We got a goal, put them under pressure a bit, created a couple of chances - obviously the one we took from Beth was positive.

"At half-time I told them that we needed to be more ruthless in terms of the opportunities that we get in front of the goal, but also be positive and make sure we defend well.

"The fact we've given away two own goals and the deflected goal doesn't help, especially the first own goal, which was scored in under 90 seconds."

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

  • 13van Veenendaal
  • 2ScottSubstituted forKellyat 66'minutes
  • 19Rose
  • 5Stoney
  • 3Mitchell
  • 4WilliamsSubstituted forJanssenat 71'minutes
  • 6Losada Gomez
  • 24OshoalaSubstituted forMcCabeat 49'minutes
  • 21van de Donk
  • 17Corredera Rueda
  • 7Pablos Sanchon

Substitutes

  • 1Byrne
  • 8Nobbs
  • 9Carter
  • 10Smith
  • 15McCabe
  • 20Janssen
  • 25Kelly

Sunderland Ladies

  • 1Laws
  • 27Brown
  • 5Bannon
  • 14Sharp
  • 21Williams
  • 7RamshawSubstituted forJoiceat 85'minutes
  • 19Chaplen
  • 4Furness
  • 10Roche
  • 8McDougallSubstituted forHillat 45'minutes
  • 9Mead

Substitutes

  • 2Holmes
  • 17Joice
  • 24Gunn Olsen
  • 25Potts
  • 30Hill
Referee:
Stuart Cheek
Attendance:
804

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamSunderland Ladies
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal Ladies 5, Sunderland Ladies 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal Ladies 5, Sunderland Ladies 1.

Corner, Arsenal Ladies. Conceded by Steph Bannon.

Dominique Janssen (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Beth Mead (Sunderland Ladies).

Corner, Arsenal Ladies. Conceded by Victoria Williams.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal Ladies 5, Sunderland Ladies 1. Beth Mead (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Abbey Joice.

Stephanie Roche (Sunderland Ladies) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland Ladies. Abbey Joice replaces Keira Ramshaw.

Foul by Dominique Janssen (Arsenal Ladies).

Brooke Chaplen (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Beth Mead (Sunderland Ladies) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal Ladies 5, Sunderland Ladies 0. Dominique Janssen (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Ladies).

Brooke Chaplen (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Danielle Brown (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Natalia (Arsenal Ladies).

Attempt missed. Katie McCabe (Arsenal Ladies) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal Ladies. Conceded by Stephanie Roche.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Ladies. Dominique Janssen replaces Fara Williams.

Corner, Arsenal Ladies. Conceded by Danielle Brown.

Attempt blocked. Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jemma Rose (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Arsenal Ladies. Conceded by Stephanie Roche.

Attempt saved. Keira Ramshaw (Sunderland Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jemma Rose (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rachel Furness (Sunderland Ladies).

Foul by Fara Williams (Arsenal Ladies).

Beth Mead (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Ladies. Chloe Kelly replaces Alex Scott.

Attempt missed. Vicky Losada (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Natalia (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Vicky Losada (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Arsenal Ladies. Conceded by Steph Bannon.

Corner, Arsenal Ladies. Conceded by Steph Bannon.

Attempt blocked. Vicky Losada (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Vicky Losada (Arsenal Ladies) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Vicky Losada (Arsenal Ladies).

Rachel Furness (Sunderland Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Vicky Losada (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women76101501519
2Chelsea Ladies6501168815
3B'ham City Ladies732244011
4Arsenal Women6312107310
5Liverpool Ladies7223131308
6Notts County Ladies511357-24
7Reading Women604269-34
8Sunderland Ladies7034617-113
9Doncaster Rovers Belles3003212-100
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