Arsenal Women drive off with Continental Tyres Cup as Miedema makes mark
PUBLISHED: 07:55 15 March 2018 | UPDATED: 07:55 15 March 2018
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Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal won the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup for the fifth time with a 1-0 win over Manchester City.
The result ended City’s hopes of emulating the Gunners’ 2007 quadruple, as Arsenal held on to Miedema’s first-half effort to take the trophy back to north London.
City piled on the pressure late on and Nikita Parris had a header cleared off the line by Lisa Evans as time ran out for the holders.
Arsenal’s Kim Little said: “I’m just really proud of the girls. We’ve not been together too much lately because of the international break, but we executed our game play really well, particularly in the first half.
“I think we dominated the first half, even though we didn’t have too many clear-cut chances, but possession-wise and how we played, we were the better team.
“They came into it in the second half, which was inevitable, especially with it being a cup final, but we were able to be resilient, which is something we’ve been working on.
“We’ve been keeping our focus and our shape towards the end of the game and I’m glad we were able to do it tonight.
“We scored a goal in our last league game, against Everton, which was a nice team goal and I think it was nice team play in midfield tonight and obviously Vivianne has come up with a quality finish.”
Arsenal went close on 13 minutes when Dominique Janssen’s stunning first-time effort from 30 yards crashed back off the crossbar.
City captain Steph Houghton saw a free-kick dip over before the break, before Janssen was played into space by Jordan Nobbs and her cross reached Miedema, for a composed far-post finish.
Janssen sent a free-kick just over two minutes into the second half, while Jill Scott headed straight at Sari van Veenendaal, who also had to push away a Nikita Parris header.
Arsenal now turn their attentions to the SSE Women’s FA Cup and a home quarter-final against Charlton this weekend.
Little added: “It’s good to still be in that cup as well, we’ve still got the chanec to win more silverware.”
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Arsenal: Van Veenendaal, Evans, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Janssen, Van de Donk, Mead (O’Reilly 81), Nobbs, Little (McCabe 89), Miedema (Carter 73). Unused subs: Moorhouse, scott, James, Kuyken.