Arsenal Ladies celebrate win at Sunderland
Arsenal Ladies celebrate win at Sunderland

Arsenal Ladies won 3-1 at Sunderland yesterday to maintain an outside chance of being crowned as FA Women’s Super League (WSL) champions.

The win moves the Gunners to within two points of FA WSL leaders Chelsea.

However, if Chelsea, who have a game in hand over Arsenal, win their final two games they will be crowned champions.

Arsenal took the lead yesterday after 15 minutes against when the Sunderland keeper Hilde Gunn Olsen smothered Alex Scott’s low effort, but the ball broke to Chioma Ubogagu who slotted it into the net.

Sunderland equalised when Abby Holmes played the ball through to FA WSL 1 top scorer Beth Mead, who rounded Sari van Veenendal before slotting the ball into the net.

Ubogagu restored the Gunners lead in the 54th minute, as  deftly stroked the ball into the corner of the net after connecting with a neat pass from Scott.

Arsenal wrapped up the three points in the 80th minute following a mix-up in the Sunderland defence which allowed Natalia to lob the ball over Olsen’s head into the net.

Speaking after the match Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs said: “Of course we can still win this title. You look at what happened last season where Liverpool were third and ended up winning it, so nothing’s impossible.“We’re just going to do whatever we can to get as many points and as many goals as we can – never say die until the final whistle goes.”