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Summary

  1. Substitute Louise Quinn scores twice for the hosts
  2. Rachel Williams gave Birmingham the lead within 38 seconds
  3. Arsenal temporarily rise to second
  4. Birmingham stay 6th

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By Callum Matthews

All times stated are UK

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WATCH: Arsenal 4-2 Birmingham City highlights

It ended up being comfortable for Arsenal in the end. You can watch highlights of the victory below and read the report here.

WSL highlights: Arsenal Ladies 4-2 Birmingham City Ladies

FULL-TIME

Arsenal 4-2 Birmingham City

A thoroughly entertaining game ends with Arsenal taking the three points.

The Gunners temporarily move up to second, whilst the visitors stay sixth.

Quinn scores her second

Arsenal 4-2 Birmingham City (Louise Quinn)

That's the three points secured for the hosts.

A corner is met by Louise Quinn who grabs her second since coming off the bench.

Arsenal celebrate Louise Quinn's second goal
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WATCH: Quinn glances Arsenal into the lead

Arsenal 3-2 Birmingham City (Louise Quinn)

A long Jordan Hobbs free-kick is met by Louise Quinn in the penalty area and she glances it past a stranded Sophie Baggaley.

But should it have been a free-kick in the first place? Emma Byrne, the former Arsenal goalkeeper, on co-comms didn't think it was.

Louise Quinn glances Arsenal into the lead

WATCH: Williams scores her second to draw the visitors level

Arsenal 2-2 Birmingham (Rachel Williams)

Wow! Arsenal's lead only lasts just over two minutes.

A cross in from the left is met by Rachel Williams, who now has a brace. She takes Arsenal keeper Anna Moorhouse out in the process but the goal stands.

Rachel Williams scores her second to draw Birmingham level

WATCH: van de Donk puts Arsenal ahead

Arsenal 2-1 Birmingham City (Danielle van de Donk)

The hosts are infront.

Danielle Carter does brilliantly and puts Danielle van de Donk through and she rounds Sophie Baggaley and slots into the empty net.

Danielle van de Donk puts Arsenal ahead

SECOND-HALF

Arsenal 1-1 Birmingham City

Arsenal get us back underway at The Hive.

WATCH: Dick Kerr Ladies honoured with blue plaque

Dick Kerr Ladies, dubbed "the greatest women's team ever", have been honoured with a blue plaque at the factory where the team were formed.

Find out more by watching the clip below.

Dick Kerr Ladies: 'Best ever' women's football team honoured

WSL 2 clubs invited to apply for WSL 1

Women's Super League Two clubs have been invited to apply to join WSL 1 for the 2017-18 winter season, to replace the defunct Notts County Ladies.

The decision has disappointed Doncaster Rovers Belles' who wish the FA had made a "decisive appointment".

You can read more about the Belles' disappointment here.

Doncaster Rovers Belles'
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HALF-TIME

Arsenal 1-1 Birmingham City

We go into the break all-square.

After Birmingham broke the deadlock within the opening minute, Arsenal equalise late on.

A thoroughly interesting half.

WATCH: O'Reilly slots past Baggaley to equalise

Arsenal 1-1 Birmingham City (Heather O'Reilly)

We're level!

Heather O'Reilly latches on the end of a lovely weighted pass from Danielle van de Donk and slots past Sophie Baggaley.

Lovely finish from the American.

Arsenal's Heather O'Reilly slots past Baggaley to equalise

WATCH: Fara Williams' free-kick rebounds off the bar

Arsenal 0-1 Birmingham City

It's one apiece on the woodwork front!

Arsenal's Fara Williams steps up and curls a free-kick from around 22 yards out against the bar.

Was she aiming for goal there? Or was she crossing the ball?

Arsenal's Fara Williams free-kick rebounds off the bar

WATCH: Birmingham's Emily Westwood hits the bar

Arsenal 0-1 Birmingham City

Arsenal look rattled. They've started the game really sloppily.

A Paige Williams corner causes absolute chaos in the Arsenal box and it ends in Birmingham's captain Emily Westwood hitting the underside of the bar.

Was it in? Decide for yourselves by watching below.

Birmingham's Emily Westwood hits the underside of the bar

WATCH: Williams heads Birmingham infront

Arsenal 0-1 Birmingham City (Rachel Williams)

WHAT A START!

38 seconds into the game and Rachel Williams rises highest at the back post to head Birmingham into the lead.

Rachel Williams rises at the back post to head Birmingham ahead

Team line-ups

Arsenal v Birmingham City

Arsenal: Moorhouse, Scott, Patten, Wubben-Moy, Williamson, Nobbs, Williams, Carter, van de Donk, O'Reilly, Mead.

Birmingham City: Baggaley, Sargeant, Westwood, Mannion, Carter, Stringer, Mayling, P Williams, Hegerberg, R Williams, Brazil.

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Last time out

Both sides were in action on Wednesday night.

Arsenal needed a 96th minute equaliser from Jordan Nobbs to secure a point away at Chelsea. You can watch highlights of that game below.

Birmingham bounced back from their FA Cup final defeat by beating Bristol City 2-0 at home.

You can read a report of Wednesday's action here.

Women's Super League One: Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal highlights

The season so far

We're around the midway stage of the inaugural WSL Spring Series and this is how the table currently looks.

Arsenal, could be described as "draw specialists" after drawing three of their first four fixtures.

Whilst Birmingham sit in sixth, after a couple of draws and a win and a defeat. They were also beaten finalists in last weekends FA Cup final.

WSL 1 table
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Today's coverage info

Watch live worldwide coverage of Arsenal v Birmingham City by using the play icon at the top of this page. UK users can also relive goals in this live text.

WSL coverage on the BBC

The BBC have secured the rights to show the Women's Super League One Spring Series across TV, radio and online. The season started in April and runs until early June.

The Spring Series is a one-off transitional competition before the WSL's switch to a winter calendar for 2017-18. Each team plays each other once and there is no promotion or relegation.

Paige Williams
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