Dowies' mixed day after cup joy for Natasha

While her uncle Iain was suffering the agony of Premier League relegation with Hull City yesterday, Natasha Dowie was experiencing the ecstasy of scoring the winning goal in the FA Women's Cup final.

Dowie's extra-time winner secured Everton their first FA Women's Cup triumph as they beat Arsenal 3-2 at the City Ground in Nottingham.

Dowie's 16th-minute strike had put Everton in front before Kim Little's penalty leveller. Everton grabbed the lead again before the break when Faye White headed into her own net.

Julie Fleeting forced extra-time when she equalised early in the second half, only for Dowie to score a minute from the end of the additional period to prevent the need for a penalty shoot-out.

With both sides flagging there was little goalmouth action in extra-time until Brooke Chaplen found Dowie in the area and the striker coolly converted.