Goals from Katie Chapman and Kim Little were enough to lift Arsenal Ladies to a 2-1 victory over Sunderland in the FA Womens Cup final at Pride Park on Monday, giving Arsenal its 10th Cup triumph and fourth consecutive trophy in this competition.
Chapman scored in the game’s 32nd minute and Little notched one in stoppage time to seal the victory, before Sunderland scored a consolation goal on virtually the final kick of the contest.
Even with losing some top players to league competitors and to the new professional women’s league in the U.S. this season, the Arsenal Ladies actually remain on track for another domestic treble.
This FA Cup win marked the last such final for manager Vic Akers, who is stepping down after 22 years at the Arsenal Ladies helm. Monday’s win represents the 31st major trophy of the Akers era; the 32nd might be tougher to come by, as Arsenal must beat Everton next weekend to retain their Premier League title.
Congratulations to the Arsenal Ladies!