Arsenal march past Barnet into FA Cup final

Ellen White

White helped the Gunners secure a ninth successive European campaign

England striker Ellen White hit a hat-trick as Arsenal trounced Barnet 5-0 to reach the FA Women's Cup final for a sixth time in eight years.

White opened the scoring after just three minutes and midfielder Kim Little doubled the lead four minutes later.

White added her second in the 42nd minute then left winger Rachel Yankey scored 60 seconds after the break.

And White completed her hat-trick in the 54th minute to seal a meeting with Bristol Academy in Coventry on 21 May.

Just as importantly for the Super League Gunners, a place in the final also means qualification - along with Bristol - for next season's Champions League  .

Arsenal manager Laura Harvey said: "As a club we need to be consistently competing on the European stage, so domestically our focus has had to be on the FA Cup.

"Credit to Barnet, they hung on in there, but in the end it was a clear-cut win for us and now we can look forward to a Cup final and another European campaign."

It will be the ninth successive season in European for England's top club team.

Meanwhile Barnet must at least a draw with survival rivals Blackburn Rovers next week to retain their Premier League status, despite recently winning the Premier League Cup.

Barnet boss Tracey Kevins said: "It may sound mad, but the Blackburn game is bigger than the FA Cup semi-final because the most important thing for us is to stay in the Premier League."