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Arsenal 5 (Carter 5,29, Little pen 22, Davison 53, Nobbs 67) Everton 0
Arsenal continued their fine recent form with a convincing 5-0 WSL victory over Everton at Meadow Park.
The result takes Arsenal up into third place in the table and they trail the top two, Liverpool and Bristol Academy, by five points and possess two games in hand over both sides.
The game began in a similar fashion to Thursday's encounter in the semi finals of the Continental Cup. Arsenal attacked from the off and were rewarded five minutes in.
Kim Little pirouetted away from two players inside her own half before launching a terrific 40-yard pass for Ellen White to latch on to. The attacker ran clear of the defence and rounded the goalkeeper, allowing Danielle Carter the simple task of tapping home.
Jordan Nobbs then tested Lizzie Durack and Lindsay Johnson headed against her own post as the Gunners hunted a second goal. They didn't have to wait long and extended the lead after 21 minutes when Little sent Durack the wrong way from the penalty spot after Simone Magill tripped Gemma Davison.
Everton did almost pull one back when Brooke Chaplen headed against the frame of the goal after 27 minutes but, just two minutes later, Carter grabbed her second, glancing White's fine cross into the far corner. The onslaught continued and Durack had to gather efforts from both White and Nobbs.
The second period continued in the same vein and, as in the Continental Cup, Arsenal made the game safe shortly after the break. Davison exchanged passes with the excellent Carter before driving a left foot shot home.
Shelley Kerr's team were spoiling the 629-strong crowd, combining skilfully and with purpose. Some of their play was a joy to watch, with Davison and Carter in particular causing problems with their speed and guile.
Arsenal sealed the win midway through the second half. Again White was heavily involved, sending in a cross that Carter cleverly turned into Nobbs' path for the midfielder to strike home her fourth goal in three games.
Everton introduced Nikita Parris and the youngster almost made an instant impression, crossing low for fellow substitute Lucy Whipp to stab a shot against the woodwork.
The Gunners introduced teenagers Freda Ayisi and Caroline Weir for home league debuts and saw the rest of the game out comfortably. With seven straight wins in all competitions, Kerr's side look to have returned to their ominous best at just the right time.
Arsenal: Emma Byrne, Alex Scott, Emma Mitchell, Jade Bailey (sub Katie Chapman 63mins), Gilly Flaherty, Steph Houghton, Gemma Davison (sub Caroline Weir 69mins), Jordan Nobbs, Ellen White (sub Freda Ayisi 80mins), Kim Little, Danielle Carter. Subs not used: Yvonne Tracy, Ciara Grant, Rachel Yankey.
Everton: Lizzie Durack, Vicky Jones (sub Billie Murphy 80mins), Paige Williams, Simone Magill, Lindsay Johnson, Brooke Chaplen, Jody Handley (sub Lucy Whipp 74mins), Jill Scott, Toni Duggan (sub Nikita Parris 55mins), Michelle Hinnigan, Kelly Jones. Subs not used: Rachel Brown-Finnis, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah.
(Report by www.arsenal.com)
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