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Arsenal 1 (White 40) Birmingham City 2 (Williams 63, Carney 73)
Karen Carney netted the winning goal against her former club as Birmingham City stunned Arsenal with a 2-1 victory at Boreham Wood.
Ellen White had given the Gunners a first half lead but the Blues fought back after the interval to get the better of a pulsating encounter and open up a six point lead at the top of the FA WSL.
As in their previous matches, Birmingham sought an early goal and pressed hard with Carney bringing a save out of Emma Byrne with a shot from just outside the area. Arsenal settled down and conjured up a good move which culminated with Marie Hourihan pulling off a good save from Katie Chapman's volley.
White went close as she turned the ball wide after Danielle Carter had tricked her way past two opponents before crossing but at the other end, Birmingham created the best chance so far, Carney's cross picking out an unmarked Dunia Susi at the far post but she fired over the bar.
Rachel Williams was next to go close, seeing her header from a Chelsea Weston cross deflected just wide but from the resulting corner, Arsenal broke away to take the lead. Carter flicked a fine pass into the path of White who neatly lobbed the oncoming Hourihan to put her side in front at the break.
Arsenal had a great chance to double their lead within two minutes of the restart, Rachel Yankey's low cross from the left finding White who hit the bar from six yards out. Yankey curled a shot just over from the edge of the area but Birmingham began to get on top with Jade Moore and Jo Potter - who gave an imperious display in the centre - taking control of matters.
Birmingham got themselves back on level terms in the 63rd minute when Weston broke forward from full back and sent over an inch perfect cross for Williams who produced a text book header back across goal and beyond the dive of Byrne for her sixth goal of the season.
The Blues sensed they could get in front and ten minutes later they took the lead for the first time, albeit from a defensive mistake. A loose pass from the otherwise reliable Gilly Flaherty was intercepted by Carney who took the ball round Byrne and kept her cool to find the far corner of the net from the tightest of angles.
Potter went close to a third with a 25-yard drive which was inches over and Emily Westwood also saw a long range effort saved. Arsenal introduced Julie Fleeting as a late substitute and she came close to a chance when White cut the ball back from the line but was crowded out by a good challenge from Sally Stanton. The ball ran loose to Yankey whose shot from ten yards went wide of the far post.
A Little free kick was flicked on by Flaherty for White who stabbed her shot wide and this was the last chance for Arsenal as Birmingham kept possession well to run the clock down, keeping the ball away from danger to record a famous victory.
Arsenal: Emma Byrne, Jennifer Beattie, Niamh Fahey, Katie Chapman, Gilly Flaherty, Ciara Grant, Danielle Carter (sub Julie Fleeting 77mins), Jordan Nobbs, Ellen White, Kim Little, Rachel Yankey. Subs not used: Yvonne Tracy, Rebecca Spencer, Lauren Bruton, Laura Coombs.
Birmingham City: Marie Hourihan, Chelsea Weston, Kerys Harrop, Sally Stanton, Emily Westwood, Laura Bassett, Dunia Susi, Rachel Williams, Jade Moore, Karen Carney, Jo Potter. Subs not used: Jess Wright, Laura Watts, Faye Cardin, Isobel Christiansen, Maz Ballard.
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