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Women's Football: Arsenal cap title deeds with a win


Arsenal celebrated their ninth successive league title in style with a 3-2 home win over Doncaster Rovers yesterday, 24 hours after Birmingham City's draw had handed them the honours.

The Gunners had clinched the Women's Super League, which is in its second season, on Saturday when Birmingham could only draw 2-2 with Bristol Academy.

But Laura Harvey's side put on a show for their fans against Rovers, going ahead in the first half when Lyndsey Cunningham put through her own net.

Aine O'Gorman's spectacular long-range drive levelled the scores just four minutes later but another own goal, this time from Tanya Oxtoby, restored Arsenal's advantage. Substitute Kelly Smith extended the lead late on, firing home after Kim Little had set her up.

Leandra Little's late consolation for Rovers was never going to spoil the party for Arsenal, who have now won 37 major trophies in 25 years.

And there may be more silverware to polish before long with Arsenal to face Birmingham in the League Cup final in nine days' time.

There is also the matter of the Champions League, a competition Arsenal won in 2007. Arsenal kicked off their campaign last week with a 3-0 victory over Barcelona.