XXXX in action during the FA Cup Second Round match between Crawley Town and Redbridge at the Broadfield Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Crawley, West Sussex.

Arsenal fire four past Brighton & Hove Albion to remain top of the FAWSL

Arsenal regained their three-point advantage at the top of the FA Women’s Super League with a 4-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at The People’s Pension Stadium this afternoon.

Goals from Danielle van de Donk, Jill Roord, Jordan Nobbs and Beth Mead gave Arsenal all three points in Sussex.

Arsenal dominance

The Gunners controlled the game throughout, to record their eighth league victory in a row. Joe Montemurro’s side started on the front foot and took the lead on four minutes through Van de Donk’s strike. The Dutch midfielder was sent through on goal after an excellent cross-field pass by defender Leah Williamson. Van de Donk shrugged off the challenge of Seagulls defender Kirsty Barton to finish well past goalkeeper Megan Walsh.

Arsenal continued to apply pressure and had chances to increase their lead. Roord and Nobbs both created chances only to be denied by home keeper Walsh. However, Roord did get her goal just after the half-hour mark. It was another excellent pass from Williamson to the Dutch midfielder. Roord, collected the ball on the edge of the box, turned and fired her shot into the bottom corner.

Brighton & Hove Albion struggled with the ball and failed to create any chance of real note in the first half.

Second half

Hope Powell made a change at half-time bringing Kate Natkiel on in place of Amanda Nilden. However, Arsenal continued where they left off in the first half. With only five minutes played, Nobbs was on-hand to score Arsenal’s third and put the game out of the Albion’s reach. A great first-time through ball from Van de Donk set up the England international midfielder to calmly finish past Walsh.

Brighton & Hove Albion made all three changes with Megan Connolly and Imi Umotong also brought on to try and grab a goal. Nonetheless, it was The Gunners who added a fourth late on. A mistake from keeper Walsh allowed substitute Mead to score and round off an easy victory for The Gunners.

Next up:

Brighton & Hove Albion travel to Manchester United in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday evening while Arsenal host Reading in the same competition. Next up in the league for Brighton & Hove Albion is trip to West Ham United while Arsenal host Chelsea in a top of the table clash.

Teams:

Brighton & Hove Albion: Walsh, Barton, Kerkdijk, Williams, Gibbons, Whelan, Bowman, Simpkins, Le Garrec, Nilden, Green.

Substitutes: Roe, Umotong, Natkiel, Lundorf, Harris, Hack, Connolly

Arsenal: Zinsberger, Evans, Williamson, Schnaderbeck, Quinn, Little, Walti, Nobbs, Roord, Van de Donk, Miedema.

Substitutes: McCabe, Peryraud-Magin, Maier, Mead, Grant, Filis.

Attendance: 1,312

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