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Jennifer Beattie savoured her first ever Championship medal and paid tribute to her Arsenal team mates following their 3-0 victory over Leeds Carnegie at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners had already secured the title before the game and the Scotland international was naturally delighted with her first success. "It's absolutely amazing," she said. "It's not only my first title in England but my first anywhere - I never managed to win it in Scotland.
"It's been a tough season but we've pulled through and the girls have worked so hard. Even though we had already won it before tonight, we still had the energy to push through and not only win it,but by a few points as well."
Arsenal were presented with the trophy following the game and the stadium provided an ideal setting for the occasion. "They planned it to perfection to be honest," laughed Jennifer, "to lift it here is an amazing experience - one that I will never forget and to play on a pitch like this is something I don't think I'll ever experience again."
The 18-year-old made the move to Arsenal from Celtic before the start of the season and has fitted in well since arriving at her new club. "It was always going to be a challenge but one I looked forward to," she said. "It's been really good and the girls have been awesome. We've worked really hard and we deserve to be where we are right now."
The title success came just a few days after the F.A.Women's Cup Final defeat by Everton and the scars from that defeat have not yet gone away. "That's still as sore as ever," she replied. "I don't think anything will make up for it until we win it next year."
Many people were writing Arsenal off at the start of the season and forecasting the end of their domination of the women's game, but Jennifer points out that winning the title was the perfect reply. "One of the players made a fair point by asking if you take seven players out of any other team in the league, see how they get on," she said. "The players who have come in have done really well and to win the league for the seventh year in a row is an awesome achievement.
"Apart from the FA Cup Final, we've stepped up for the big games and that is probably the most important thing you can take from this season and hopefully on to the next.
"There are tons of youngsters coming up from the Academy and the Centre of Excellence and if we can all keep working hard, there is definitely a big future for Arsenal."
Kim Little added two more goals to her impressive tally for the season and she looks certain to finish as the league's top scorer. "We were looking to come to the Emirates and put on a performance tonight and we did that," said the brilliant midfielder. "Leeds always work hard and are a good footballing side - it was a tough game but we got the three goals at the right time. I got my first goal here two years ago and it was great to score another two tonight.
"I didn't really set out with a (goal) target in mind but it's great to get past 20 and hopefully can get some more on sunday. It's nice to be top scorer but the team has won the Championship and that was our aim at the start of the season.
"We've got experienced players like Jayne (Ludlow), Ciara (Grant) and Emma (Byrne) and then a lot of youngsters coming through the academy to the first team which is good for the future of the club."
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