Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal
The FA Women’s Cup
7pm, Friday 26 April 2013
by John Hynes
Arsenal impressively progressed to The Final of The FA Women's Cup after goals from Ellen White and Kim Little saw them overcome a spirited Liverpool team at Anfield.
They will now face either Bristol Academy or Lincoln Ladies, who meet in the other Semi-Final on Sunday.
Following a tight opening it was the Reds who nearly grabbed the lead when Katrin Omarsdottir met Nicole Rolser’s cross only to glance the ball wide in the 13th minute.
The Merseysiders slowly seemed to be edging the midfield battle. Next to produce an off target effort for them was Fara Williams, who impressively drove forward before her shot failed to match the build-up.
Then, after 25 minutes, the Gunners struck. Rachel Yankey’s floated pass from the left flank allowed White to evade the defenders, stretch out a leg and divert the ball beyond goalkeeper Sarah Quantrill.
Liverpool responded with a sustained period of pressure, although they never drew a save from Emma Byrne.
Instead, a goal nearly materialised at the other end. Again it was White, this time connecting with Little’s driven cross only to see the ball strike the near post and rebound to safety.
She went even closer minutes later after a fine turn in the box. It required a decent Quantrill stop to keep the deficit to one.
And just before the break the same duo battled again as White eluded the offside trap only to see her shot go wide.
Those misses were to prove costly when Liverpool won a corner in first-half stoppage time and it was only half cleared. Amanda Da Costa returned the ball to the six-yard box with some zip and Natasha Dowie was there to stylishly equalise with her head.
Clearly boosted by restoring parity, the Reds started the second half with purpose. Yet Arsenal continued to look dangerous as full-back Alex Scott arrived at the back post before scuffing a shot wide.
They regained the lead on 53 minutes as Gemma Davison clipped a ball over the defence for Little to run on to. The Scot clinically did the rest with a low finish.
The tricky Rolser tried to provide an immediate leveller courtesy of a clever lobbed effort, only to see the ball float over the bar.
Going the other way Jordan Nobbs was also just off target as Arsenal couldn’t seem to find a third goal that would have ended the contest.
When four additional minutes were announced the Kop upped the volume. But it was to little avail as the stylish Londoners had done enough to earn victory.