Pablos on target as Arsenal end league season on high

Sunday 04 Oct 2015
Natalia Pablos celebrates her winner against Birmingham City

Natalia Pablos’s second-half header ensured Arsenal finished third in the FA Women’s Super League with BT Sport 1 table with a 1-0 win against Birmingham.

The home side had the first chance on 12 minutes when Marta Corredera curled the ball towards Pablos in the box, whose effort was deflected behind.

Corredera was involved again just before the half-hour mark, meeting Pablos’s cross-shot with a fierce effort into the side netting.

Arsenal 1-0 Birmingham

FA Women's Super League with BT Sport 1
Sunday 4 October
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As the half progressed, Birmingham began to find chances on the break and nearly took the lead in the 34th minute, when Kirsty Linnett turned inside Casey Stoney but shot well over the bar.

Five minutes before the break, Emily Westwood had an opportunity from a corner, but headed wide from six yards out.

Arsenal began the second half with an outside chance of Champions League qualification and took the lead four minutes after the interval.

Danielle Carter charged past Meaghan Sargeant and found Pablos in the area, who looped a header over Sophie Baggaley.

Chioma Ubogagu spurned a good chance 10 minutes from time, shooting straight at Baggaley following Dominique Janssen's jinking run into the box as Arsenal finished the game in pursuit of more goals.

But Manchester City’s win over Notts County meant it was all in vain and leaves Arsenal third.

Arsenal (4-3-3): Sari Van Veenendaal; Alex Scott, Casey Stoney, Jemma Rose, Leah Williamson; Dominique Janssen, Vicky Losada, Jordan Nobbs; Danielle Carter, Marta Corredera, Natalia Pablos Sanchon

Substitutes: Chioma Ubogagu for Pablos Sanchon 59, Rachel Yankey for Corredera 59, Vyan Sampson for Losada 81

Substitutes not used: Emily Byrne, Carla Humphrey, Chloe Kelly, Jade Bailey

Birmingham City (5-3-2): Sophie Baggaley; Meaghan Sargeant, Aoife Mannion, Emily Westwood, Kerys Hallop, Jessica Carter; Josanne Potter, Remi Allen, Karen Carney; Coral-Jade Haines, Kirsty Linnett

Substitutes: Mellisa Lawley for Haines 52, Charlie Wellings for Carney 68, Freda Ayisi for Westwood 73

Substitutes not used: Connie Scofield, Cristina Torkildsen, Chloe Peplow

Referee: Sian Piret

Attendance: 814

By FA Staff