Smith fires Arsenal to victory

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Arsenal emulated the men’s team by winning the Woman’s FA Cup on Sunday.

In front of 15,098 at stadium:mk, Rachel Yankey rattled the frame of Everton’s goal after just nine minutes before Gunners skipper Kelly Smith fired them into a 15th minute lead with a spectacular free-kick, nestling into the top corner, leaving Everton keeper Rachel Brown-Finnis with no chance.

Danielle Carter could have doubled the lead just before the break, getting on the end of Smith’s cross, only for Brown-Finnis to leap across her line to keep it out.

The woodwork would come to Everton’s rescue again eight minutes into the second half when Smith was afforded too much space on the edge of the box.

Player of the match Smith would play another key role in Arsenal’s second, teeing up Yukari Kinga 12 yards out to neatly stroke home the Gunners’ second of the afternoon, wrapping up the final 2-0.

Emma Mitchell made it a hat-trick of woodwork shots in stoppage time as Arsenal shaped to put the result beyond all doubt.

The success is the 13th time Arsenal have won the Women’s FA Cup.