Jordan Nobbs curled in a stunning 25-yard strike in the dying moments as Arsenal Women cruised into the semi-finals of the SSE Women’s FA Cup with a comfortable 5-0 victory over Charlton Athletic Women.
The Gunners were on a high after securing the Continental Cup title against Man City 11 days ago and Kim Little’s early strike was no more than they deserved after a dominant first-half display.
The Addicks struggled to replicate their form from the Women’s Premier South, in which they have notched an astonishing 61 goals in 15 league games.
- SSE Women's FA Cup
- Sunday 25 March 2018
- Meadow Park
- By Alex Bowmer
Despite making five changes, the home side started in confident mood. Beth Mead was proving a thorn in Charlton’s side in the opening stages and after she was clipped just inside the box, Little coolly finished past Katie Startup from the spot.
The WSL 1 team were giving Riteesh Mishra’s side a real headache with their intelligent movement and incisive passing.
However, Charlton had remained reasonably solid until a four-minute spell after the interval put paid to their chances of progressing.
Little played the ball into O’Reilly’s path and although her initial effort was blocked, she slammed the follow-up past Startup.
O’Reilly then turned provider on the hour mark, whipping in for the newly-introduced Miedema to stab home.
The home faithful were treated to a vintage Arsenal performance, with Carter bundling in late on before Nobbs’ stunning effort rounded off a fantastic afternoon.
This season’s Final will be staged at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 5 May.
Tickets are already on sale, priced £15 for adults while kids go FREE!