Toni Duggan seals Arsenal Ladies fate with late penalty goal
Toni Duggan seals Arsenal Ladies fate with late penalty goal

Arsenal Ladies were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City in the FA Women’s Super League yesterday afternoon at the Academy Stadium.

Jemma Rose was sent off for the Gunners in the 13th minute for fouling Nikita Parris.

Despite a brave rearguard action, and excellent goalkeeping performance by Sari Van Veenendaal, the Citizens made full use of their numerical advantage with two second half goals to secure the win.

Toni Duggan set up Jane Ross to open the scoring just after the hour mark, before converting a penalty with ten minutes remaining to secure the win.

The result maintains Manchester City’s 100% start to the season and puts them top of the early FA Women’s Super League table.

It was a disappointing result for Arsenal after their opening day win over Reading.

Speaking after the match Fara Williams said: “We’ve got great character in this team – we’re not going to be out there with just ten players and not fight.

“We fought as hard as we could for as long as we could, but it was always going to come down to that; a great delivery and a great goal for them and then the penalty.

“We have Notts County at the weekend in the SSE Women’s FA Cup, and that’s a massive game.

“The final’s at Wembley again this year and that’s something every player wants to be a part of.

“That’s a great motivation for us. We’ll take a couple of days to rest and recover and we’ll be back into it and focus on that.”

Arsenal Ladies (4-4-2): Sari Van Veenendaal; Alex Scott, Casey Stoney, Jemma Rose, Emma Mitchell; Vicky Losada, Fara Williams, Jordan Nobbs, Danielle van der Donk; Danielle Carter, Asisat Oshoala

Substitutes: Leah Williamson for Carter (18), Dominique Janssen for Oshoala (46), Marta Corredera for Stoney (74)