Arsenal 3 Sunderland 0
Ladies lose out at Arsenal
Sunderland Ladies were hit by three second half goals away to Arsenal, which saw the home side rise to third in the FA Women’s Super League table.
Vivanne Miedema and captain Jordan Nobbs both scored unstoppable curling goals after Louise Quinn nodded Arsenal in front, all in the second half.
That got the Gunners back to winning ways after their defeat to Reading in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup last time out, and will give their new manager reason to cheer when arrives next week in north London.
Ex-Sunderland striker Beth Mead stung Rachel Laws’ fingertips seven minutes in to the game which was the start of a strong performance from the Sunderland goalkeeper.
Arsenal had several attacks in the first half, the highlight being captain Nobbs’s free kick bundled off the line by four Sunderland players on 37 minutes, but Laws and the Sunderland defence were solid.
The Black Cats briefly gained momentum in the second half, captain Lucy Staniforth having a chance on goal but seeing her effort go high over the bar.
Arsenal broke through on 58 minutes as Quinn headed Nobbs’ free kick into the bottom-left corner.
The home side had their second 10 minutes later, Miedema curling a lay-off from Danielle van de Donk into the top-right corner.
Sunderland conceded a free-kick on 76 minutes on the edge of the penalty box, a gift for Nobbs to curl into the bottom-left corner.
Nobbs almost had a second with a volley in the box five minutes from full time but drove it straight at Laws.
Sunderland substitute Simona Koren had a clear run in stoppage-time but was denied by Anna Moorehouse.