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It’s ‘one-nil to the Arsenal’ in cup final win

Goal from Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema gives Gunners women victory over favourites Manchester City in the Continental Tyres Cup

15 March, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

CRIES of “1-0 to the Arsenal” rang out last night (Wednesday) after the club’s women’s team won the Continental Tyres Cup for a record fifth time.

Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema said she was “really happy” after scoring the only goal against much-fancied favourites Manchester City Women in a closely-fought final at Adams Park.

Gunners boss Joe Montemurro was equally delighted after seeing his team taste victory in his first final with the club.

“City threw everything at us towards the end. It got a bit hairy but we got there,” he said. “We dominated the first half. We got the goal and we got our rewards.

“The players are starting to believe again now after a bad start to the season. Winning the cup is a great platform and we just want to get better and better.”

City went into the final as holders of the Continental Tyres Cup, the Women’s FA Cup, and the Women’s Super League One title – and were being tipped to remain in possession of all three of the most sought-after pieces of domestic silverware in English women’s football.

But Arsenal, enjoying something of a revival since Australian Montemurro’s arrival as manager in November, had other ideas.

They almost took the lead in the 13th minute when Dominique Janssen’s stunning screamer from distance struck the crossbar.

The north Londoners went even closer 20 minutes later. Janssen’s Netherlands team-mate Miedema brought the ball down at the far post and slotted a low shot through the keeper’s legs to score what would be the game’s only goal after good build-up play from Jordan Nobbs.

In the second half City battled for a way back into the game and went close through Nikita Parris and substitute Jane Ross.

But a determined and resilient Gunners side weren’t to be denied.

Kim Little, who put in a solid performance in Arsenal’s midfield, echoed her boss’s determination that securing the silverware would be the perfect catalyst for a return to glory.

“I’m very proud of us. We’ve come a long way in the past few months,” she said.

“We put in a performance tonight – it is the start of us building towards making the team great again.”

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