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Arsenal 4 (Natalia 5,pen 72, Humphrey 77, Carter 85) Sunderland 1 (Mead 24)
Natalia Pablos Sanchon scored twice as Arsenal overcame Sunderland in their first ever WSL match against the newly promoted side.
Her first was a curling effort from out wide before she doubled her tally from the spot after Abby Holmes earned herself a red card for hacking down Kelly Smith. Beth Mead scored inbetween the Arsenal forward's goals, only the third goal the hosts have conceded all season. With the visitors down to ten, Carla Humphrey tapped in a close range shot before Danielle Carter fired home from long range to wrap up all three points.
Natalia opened the scoring after five minutes, cutting into the box and delicately whipping the ball in just inside the far post. Arsenal looked comfortable but things deteriorated when their captain Alex Scott had an uncharacteristic lapse in concentration allowing Mead to sneak in and equalise.
The hosts came out strongly in the second half and took the lead when Smith opened up the defence with some clever one-twos before being brought down by Holmes after 72 minutes. Natalia sent Rachael Laws the wrong way from the resulting kick before Carter's cross found Humphrey in space who tapped in soon after.
Carter fired in a powerful from 20 yards out late on to punctuate Arsenal's impressive second half display.
Arsenal: Emma Byrne, Leah Williamson, Casey Stoney, Jemma Rose, Alex Scott, Vicky Losada, Jade Bailey, Lianne Sanderson (sub Kelly Smith 65mins (sub Emma Mitchell 76mins)), Chioma Ubogagu (sub Carla Humphrey 65mins), Natalia Pablos Sanchon, Danielle Carter. Subs not used: Hollie Augustus, Rachel Yankey, Caroline Weir, Chloe Kelly.
Sunderland: Rachael Laws, Abby Holmes, Stephanie Bannon, Hayley Sharp, Victoria Williams, Keira Ramshaw (sub Emma Kelly 15mins), Sarah McFadden (sub Victoria Greenwell 62mins), Rachel Furness (sub Kelly McDougall 45mins), Abbey Joice, Brooke Chaplin, Beth Mead. Subs not used: Gemma Wilson, Natalie Gutteridge, Rebakah Bass, Alice Harkness.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Photo - Alex Scott up against Abbey Joice (Susan Gutteridge)
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