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Arsenal win FA Women's Cup

Jane Ludlow
Arsenal's Jane Ludlow celebrates winning the Cup

Arsenal Ladies beat Northern Division side Sunderland 2-1 at Derby's Pride Park to win their fourth FA Women's Cup final in succession.

Katie Chapman put Arsenal ahead after Sunderland goalkeeper Helen Alderson could only parry Gemma Davison's shot.

The Premier League side missed several chances before Kim Little sealed the win in injury time with a neat turn and finish after controlling a high ball.

Kelly McDougall got a consolation with the last kick of the match.


The trophy was the 30th of Vic Akers' spell as manager and came in his penultimate match in charge of the side.

The 62-year-old, who founded the women's team 22 years ago and led them to a quadruple in 2006-07, will hope to make it 31 next week when Arsenal take on Everton in the final match of the Premier League season.

Arsenal Ladies: Byrne, Bassett (White 90), Ludlow, Flaherty, Fahey, Little, Chapman, Ciara Grant, Yankey, Suzanne Grant (Lander 58), Davison (Ross 82).

Subs Not Used: Spencer, Pond.

Goals: Chapman 32, Little 90.

Sunderland Ladies: Alderson, Bronze, Halliday, Bannon, Greenwell, McDougall, Staniforth, Stokes, Nobbs, Williams (Devine 58), Natalie Gutteridge (Danby 84).

Subs Not Used: Laws, O'Brien, Holmes.

Booked: Greenwell.

Goals: McDougall 90.

Att: 23,291

Ref: Sasa Ihringova (England).

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see also
Yankey wants to win Cup for Akers
30 Apr 09 |  Women
Everton move level with Arsenal
03 May 09 |  Women
Everton end Arsenal unbeaten run
29 Mar 09 |  Women
Sunderland reach FA Women's final
22 Mar 09 |  Women

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