Arsenal Ladies 7 Sunderland Ladies 0: SSE FA Cup humbling for Lady Black Cats

Dani van de Donk scores Arsenal's opener
Dani van de Donk scores Arsenal's opener

Sunderland crashed out out of the SSE FA Cup at the semi-final stage when they were humilaited at 10-man Arsenal.

The first shot of game cvame from ex-Sunderland girl Jordan Nobbs, whose effort was blocked.

Nobbs was involved again in the 12th minute when van de Donk headed over from good Nobbs pass.

But the game came to life in the 15th minute when home keeper Sari van Veenedaal came out for the ball and missed it.

Beth Mead gave chase and was hauled to the ground by defender Casey Stoney.

It looked a penalty and red card offence, but referee Chris O'Donnell instead awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box and showed the England centre-half a yellow card.

Sunderland offered little going forward and it took until the 26th minute for their first shot when Lucy Staniforth went wide from distance.

Arsenal went down to 10 players after 33 minutes following a second booking for Mitchell.

She was yellow-carded on the half-hour for scything down Mead and soon afterwards she pulled back Krystle Johnston.

The referee brandished a yellow card and then the red.

Despite going down to 10 players, the Gunners took a 39th-minute lead, VAN DE DONK bundling the ball in from virtually on the goal-line after Dom Jannsen's shot was blocked.


Arsenal 1

Sunderland 0

Arsenal were quickly out of the traps for the second half and Natalia had an early effort before Nobbs saw a rasping shots, Laws tipped over by Laws.

Sunderland at last put an attack together with Mead getting a run towards the box, with Arsenal conceding a corner.

But the Lady Black Cats were caught on the break by Arsenal in the 55th minute.

Natalia raced down left and crossed into the box, where CARTER scored from close range.

Sunderland came back briefly with Johnston spooning a shot over top, but there was not enough attacking intent.

Carlton Fairweather brought on two subs, Emma Kelly and Keira Ramshaw as the Lady Black Cats looked for a way back.

Brooke Chaplen tried her luck from the edge of the box but her shot went out of the ground.

There was finally a shot on target for the girls in green in the 72nd minute when Rachel Furness saw a free-kick tipped over by van Veenendaal.

That was as good as it got for the away side.

It was 3-0 in the 74th minute when van de Donk was brought down in the area by Abby Holmes.

Mr O'Donnell pointed to the spot and sent Holmes off, WILLIAMS slotting the spot-kick past Laws.

The Gunners made it four within three minutes VAN DE DONK scoring her second and a fifth followed when NOBBS squeezed a shot in from a narrow angle.

With the home fans screaming for a sixth, the Gunners duly obliged.

Nobbs played VAN DE DONK in and she was afforded time and room to beat Laws.

Number seven arrived in the second minute of added time, sub Kelly Smith setting up CARTER for her second.




Arsenal: van Veenendaal, Mitchell, Rose, Stoney, Janssen, van de Donk, Losada (Williamson 34), Nobbs, Carter, Natalia (Smith 79), Corredera (Williams 60)

Unused subs: Byrne,McCabe

Goals: Van de Donk 39, 77, 85; Carter 55, 90; Williams pen 73; Nobbs 82

Booked: Stoney 15, Mitchell 30, 33, Janssen 63

Sent off: Mitchell 33

Sunderland: Laws, Holmes, Bannon, Williams, Sjoman, Johnston (Ramshaw 65), Staniforth, Furness (McDougall 81), Chaplen, Joice (Kelly 56), Mead

Unused subs: Olsen, Sharp,

Booked: Staniforth 20, Williams 42

Sent off Holmes 74

Referee: Chris O'Donnell