Danielle Van de Donk. Arsenal Women v Everton Ladies WSL football match, Meadow Park, Borehamwood, UK - 21 Apr 2019 Photo: Kate Green for The FA

REWIND: Midfielder nets hat-trick as Arsenal defeat Hammers in early season thriller

The 2018/2019 campaign saw Arsenal finally lift the FA Women’s Super League title again, seven years on from their last success.

FA Women’s Super League Full-Time take a look back at one of The Gunners’ most thrilling matches of that season as they took on newcomers West Ham United at Meadow Park.

The Hammers had invested heavily in their squad ahead of their debut season in the top flight and they stunned The Gunners when they opened the scoring in Boreham Wood after just nine minutes. Kate Longhurst netted the first goal of the game for Matt Beard’s side when she headed home from close range.

Arsenal’s response was swift, they were level within just three minutes when Danielle van de Donk pounced to net from a few yards out before West Ham United edged ahead for a second time as Longhurst bundled the ball home.

You got the feeling that the visitors would need to get a third goal to have a chance of collecting the full three points but it was Arsenal who scored the fourth goal of the game. Van de Donk was again clinical from close range as the two sides went into the break tied at 2-2.

Joe Montemurro’s side were better after the break and Van de Donk completed her hat-trick just after the hour mark when she again found the back of the net from close range before a Kim Little effort from distance flew in to make it 4-2 and give her side daylight for the first time in the match.

Despite eventually being outclassed by the hosts, West Ham United never gave up and Claire Rafferty’s free-kick found the net with 85 minutes on the clock to set up a tense finale.

Arsenal were put under some late pressure but they kept their cool to record a victory which saw them maintain their 100% winning start in the FA Women’s Super League.

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