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Last Updated: Monday, 3 May, 2004, 13:57 GMT 14:57 UK
Arsenal 3-0 Charlton
Hat-trick hero Julie Fleeting holds aloft the FA Women's Cup trophy
Julie Fleeting scored a brilliant hat-trick to earn Arsenal Ladies victory in the FA Women's Cup final against Charlton Ladies at Loftus Road.

Fleeting put the Gunners ahead by slotting in from close-range after good work from Leanne Sanderson.

She doubled the lead by cutting in from the right and rifling in from 15 yards.

Carmine Walker's saved header was Charlton's closest effort but Fleeting completed her hat-trick with another composed finish near the end.

We were worthy winners in the end
Arsenal's Julie Fleeting

The Gunners were on top right from the start, Fleeting and 16-year-old Sanderson in particular causing Charlton all sorts of problems.

But it was the Addicks who had the first opening, Walker turning smartly in the box only to see her shot comfortably saved by Emma Byrne.

Arsenal took the lead when Sanderson found space down the right and Fleeting converted her cross and Fleeting's individual effort gave them a 2-0 half-time cushion.

Charlton could find no way back into the game after the break, only Walker's header from a Casey Stoney cross easily gathered by Byrne.

Fleeting completed her treble five minutes from the end with another smart finish and almost set up Ellen Maggs for a fourth at the death.


Arsenal Ladies: Byrne, Pealling, Fleeting (Alex. Scott 90), Ludlow, Champ, White, Ciara Grant, Maggs (Lorton 90), Wheatley, Sanderson (Potter 73), Anita Asante.
Subs not used: Williams, Harwood.

Booked: Pealling, Ludlow.

Charlton Athletic Ladies: Cope, Casey Stoney, Fara Williams, Hills, Murphy, Broadhurst, Barr, Walker, Fletcher (Coss 70), Heatherson (Aluko 70), Smith (Hunn 81).
Subs not used: Law, Rea.

Booked: Cope.

Attendance: 12,244.

Referee: A. Rayner (Leicestershire).




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Arsenal's Julie Fleeting
"I think we were worthy winners"




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