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Women's Super League One: Doncaster Rovers Belles 0-5 Arsenal Ladies

Danielle Carter
Danielle Carter has played twice for England - scoring two hat-tricks

Arsenal Ladies kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive with a big win at Women's Super League 1's bottom side Doncaster Rovers Belles.

Danielle Carter hooked in to give them an early lead, but it was not until midway through the second half that substitute Natalia Pablos made it 2-0.

Pablos added another, England striker Carter netted a fourth, before Kelly Smith's 25-yard lob completed the rout.

Arsenal are five points behind second-placed Chelsea with two games left.

Pedro Losa's Gunners side now host the Belles on 30 October, before travelling to Liverpool Ladies for their final league game on 6 November - the team finishing second joining champions Manchester City in Europe next season.

The visitors completely outclassed the Belles at the Keepmoat Stadium, with both of Spain forward Pablos' goals coming after flowing team moves.

Rhiannon Roberts came closest to scoring for Doncaster but her strike clipped the post.

The Yorkshire side have now lost all 12 of their league games and look certain to make an immediate return to WSL 2.

Line-ups

Doncaster Rovers Belles

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Hobbs
  • 18Barker
  • 5Roberts
  • 4Little
  • 2Pacheco
  • 6Lipka
  • 17Simpkins
  • 23CresswellSubstituted forTierneyat 34'minutes
  • 21Bakowska-MathewsSubstituted forOmarsdottirat 63'minutes
  • 10MurraySubstituted forRaynerat 81'minutes
  • 20Humphrey

Substitutes

  • 3Tierney
  • 7Omarsdottir
  • 12Rayner
  • 13Moorhouse
  • 14O'Donnell
  • 15Newborough

Arsenal Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13van Veenendaal
  • 2Scott
  • 14Williamson
  • 20Bloodworth
  • 3Mitchell
  • 8Nobbs
  • 4WilliamsSubstituted forHenningat 79'minutes
  • 25Kelly
  • 21van de DonkSubstituted forPablosat 64'minutes
  • 15McCabeSubstituted forSmithat 64'minutes
  • 9Carter

Substitutes

  • 1Byrne
  • 7Pablos
  • 10Smith
  • 17Corredera
  • 22Henning
  • 24Oshoala
  • 28Devlin
Attendance:
954

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncaster Rovers BellesAway TeamArsenal Women
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home7
Away24
Shots on Target
Home2
Away11
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers Belles 0, Arsenal Ladies 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers Belles 0, Arsenal Ladies 5.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Carla Humphrey (Doncaster Rovers Belles) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kelly Smith (Arsenal Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dominique Janssen (Arsenal Ladies).

  6. Post update

    Emily Simpkins (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dominique Janssen (Arsenal Ladies).

  8. Post update

    Kasia Lipka (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Doncaster Rovers Belles 0, Arsenal Ladies 5. Kelly Smith (Arsenal Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Katrin Omarsdottir (Doncaster Rovers Belles) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Doncaster Rovers Belles 0, Arsenal Ladies 4. Danielle Carter (Arsenal Ladies) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chloe Kelly with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominique Janssen (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Natalia.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Doncaster Rovers Belles 0, Arsenal Ladies 3. Natalia (Arsenal Ladies) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs with a through ball.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rebecca Raynor (Doncaster Rovers Belles) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Emily Simpkins.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Natalia (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kelly Smith.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danielle Carter (Arsenal Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dominique Janssen.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Rebecca Raynor replaces Christie Murray.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Ladies) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Scott with a cross.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal Ladies. Josephine Henning replaces Fara Williams.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Samantha Tierney (Doncaster Rovers Belles) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Emily Simpkins with a cross following a corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women1513203533241
2Chelsea Women14101336142231
3Arsenal Women1482426111526
4B'ham City Women146531011-123
5Liverpool Women146442117422
6Notts County Ladies133371221-912
7Reading Women141671322-99
8Sunderland Ladies142391533-189
9Doncaster Rovers Belles120012541-360
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