Arsenal 5-0 Everton
The FA WSL
Sunday 11 August 2013
Arsenal have moved up to third place in The FA WSL table after hammering Everton 5-0 on Sunday.
Shelley Kerr’s side ran riot at Meadow Park as they comfortably saw off the Toffees for the second time in four days following their Continental Cup semi-final victory earlier in the week.
A brace from Danielle Carter, either side of a Kim Little penalty, put Arsenal 3-0 up before half-time, while Gemma Davison and Jordan Nobbs completed the rout after the break.
The Gunners broke the deadlock inside the first ten minutes for the third time in eight days and Kerr believes her side’s ability to unlock defences early on illustrates the fact they are approaching peak form.
She said: “We got off to a quick start and that's helped us.
“I think it gives you a little bit of confidence and I think that's something that was perhaps missing in the first part of the season. It's good to get off to a good start. I think it gives you that confidence to play with a bit of flair.
“When you take into consideration that we've had three games in eight days, it's been a tough ask for the players and I'm delighted to be standing here after those three games having not conceded a goal and scored so many.”
Youngster Carter has flourished since being moved to a central position earlier this season and she put Arsenal in front after five minutes by tapping the ball into an empty net following good work from Little and Ellen White.
The Londoners doubled their lead in the 22nd minute when Little sent Elizabeth Durack the wrong way from the spot after Davison was felled inside the box by Simone Magill.
And Carter put the game beyond the visitors’ reach shortly after when she diverted White’s cross-cum-shot from the right-hand side in to the back of the net.
Arsenal continued in a similarly dominant vein after the restart with Davison sweeping home in the 53rd minute following a neat exchange with Carter.
And the reigning champions put the icing on the cake 23 minutes from time when Nobbs converted from close range after neat approach play from White and Carter.
Everton goalkeeper Durack, whose side were unlucky not to score having hit the woodwork twice, admitted there were “no excuses” for her side’s limp display.
She said: “To be honest there’s no excuses. We came out, we didn’t perform as a team.
“Now we just come away from this and re-evaluate everything and hopefully come back much better in a few weeks. We just weren’t good enough today. We need to go back to basics.”
Byrne; Scott, Flaherty, Houghton, Mitchell; Nobbs, Little, Bailey (Chapman 63); White, Carter (Ayisi 77), Davison (Weir 69)
Substitutes not used Tracy, Grant, Yankey.
Durack; Chaplen, Johnson, Williams, V Jones (Murphy 80); Scott, Hinnigan, K Jones; Handley (Whipp 74), Magill, Duggan (Parris 55)
Substitutes not used Brown-Finnis, Boye-Hlorkah.