The Barclays FA Women’s Super League are providing women’s football fans with another classic re-run on Sunday afternoon as Arsenal take on Doncaster Rovers Belles in the 2012 FA Women’s Super League 1.
We preview what could have been a famous afternoon for The Gunners who needed to collect just a point against the Belles to win the league title while nearest title rivals Birmingham City’s failure to win at Bristol Academy would also hand the silverware to Laura Harvey’s side before a ball even was kicked at Meadow Park.
Arsenal went into their decisive league fixture against the Belles on the back of a 3-0 victory over FC Barcelona at the Mini Estadi just four days earlier in the first leg of a UEFA Women’s Champions League last-32 tie. The North Londoners had also won three and drawn one of their last four fixtures in FA Women’s Super League 1, which included a 4-0 away victory at Doncaster Rovers Belles a little over a month prior to the two clubs’ meeting in Boreham Wood.
The 2012 Arsenal side included a number of household names. In defence, The Gunners boasted players such as Steph Houghton, Gilly Flaherty, Niamh Fahey and a young Jen Beattie, in her first spell at the club. Kim Little and Jordan Nobbs were members of the Arsenal midfield, as was Gemma Davison who is now with The Gunners’ rivals Tottenham Hotspur. In attack, youngsters Ellen White and Danielle Carter were assisted by more matured role models such as Rachel Yankey and Kelly Smith.
John Buckley’s Doncaster Rovers arrived at Meadow Park second-bottom of the FA Women’s Super League 1 table. After losing seven of their first eight league matches that season, the Belles had taken five points from an available 12 prior to their visit to Meadow Park.
A young Mary Earps shared goalkeeping duties for the Belles while their defence included Leandra Little and Tanya Oxtoby. Sheffield United midfielder Kasia Lipka was on the books at the Keepmoat Stadium in 2012, as were forwards Jess Sigsworth, Beth England and Millie Bright, a player who was used in several positions by the Belles.
The re-run of Arsenal’s home fixture against Doncaster Rovers Belles will kick-off at 3pm on Sunday afternoon and will be screened on the Barclays FA Women’s Super League’s official Facebook page.
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