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Arsenal paid a visit to Court Place Farm on Thursday night with a team mainly composed of young talents from the academy and reserve teams and gave a demonstration of the depth of the club's resources with a 7-0 win over South West Combination side Oxford City.
The star performer was Danielle Carter who has significant first team experience and gave a
masterclass of pace, close control and finishing to notch four goals. The home team fought hard from start to finish to contain the Gunners forward line and also mounted a number of good moves themselves in front of a good crowd of over 300.
It was Arsenal keeper Sarah Quantrill who had the first save to make, tipping over a 35-yard free
kick from Hannah Smye, but soon it was City's number one Hannah Cox who was giving her usual display of fine saves and clean handling in the face of Lauren Bruton and Lucy Gunton-Jones' attacks from the wing and Carter's direct running and shooting power.
The first goal was a super solo run from Carter with a shot curled in from the edge of the area on
16 minutes. Carter's second on 28 came she latched on to a through pass, rounded Cox and tapped home. Having missed an easy hat-trick chance straight after, Carter had another close range power drive brilliantly turned away by Cox just before the break.
Arsenal rested Bruton at half time and gradually introduced their six substitutes who all played their past in a dominant second half. Carter duly completed her triple on 53 minutes and then Tricia Gould had a shot tipped on to the bar and Alexia Passingham tapped in the rebound on the hour.
Lara Fay had a super second half attacking down the right, hitting the bar with a long range strike. Another defender, Hannah Short showed great technique to hit the net from the edge of the area following a corner for the fifth on 74 minutes. The pass of the night by Joanne Wilson freed Carter for her fourth and Fay got on the scoresheet a minute later with a precise finish for the seventh.
Despite this rush of goals, the Oxford back four of Heidi Bates, Lauren Carnell, Cally Beaumont and Abi Smith prevented many other goal attempts with fine blocks and interceptions, backed up by hard work tracking back by all the rest of the team and there was no further damage before ref Sian
Massey blew the final whistle.
The young Arsenal team had entertained the crowd with their skills and both sets of players deserved the prolonged applause at the end of the match.
Oxford City: Hannah Cox, Abi Smith, Lauren Carnell, Cally Beaumont, Heidi Bates, Zoe Barnes,
Claire Bates, Michelle Robinson, Hannah Smye, Angie Mc Quillin, Steph Mobbs. Subs: Rosa Somers, Sinead Kerr, Jenny Chiumento, Rachael Mariam, Emily Wilson.
Arsenal: Sarah Quantrill, Lara Fay, Hannah Short, Billie Murphy, Alex Hindwood, Becky Anderson, Lois Roche, Bianca Bragg, Lucy Gunton-Jones, Danielle Carter, Lauren Bruton. Subs: Kelly Blanchflower, Taylor O'Leary, Megan Sargeant, Joanne Wilson, Tricia Gould, Alexia Passingham.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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