Tuesday, May 7, 2013

7 May 2007 - Arsenal Ladies Do Some Heavy Lifting

On 7 May 2007, Arsenal Ladies won the Women's FA Cup to complete a record-making Sextuple.

Arsenal had already completed a dominating league season in which they won all 22 games to claim their ninth title. They also won their ninth League Cup that season, as well as their first UEFA Cup. In addition, they took that season's Community Shield and the London County FA Women's Cup, making the Women's FA Cup the final piece of silverware needed to complete a full sweep of all available trophies.

Playing at the City Ground in Nottingham, Arsenal faced Charlton in the final and stumbled out of the gate, falling behind after only two minutes when Charlton's Katie Holtham opened the scoring. But the margin did not hold for long, as Kelly Smith's free kick brought Arsenal level five minutes later, then captain Jayne Ludlow put them ahead in the fifteenth minute.

Ludlow scored again just before the break and Smith added another in the 80th-minute to cap the 4-1 victory.

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