FA WSL Continental Cup – The Best Bits: Arsenal 3-0 Notts County (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

1st, November 2015

England World Cup star Laura Bassett saw red as Arsenal ran out comfortable 3-0 winners in the 2015 Continental Cup final at Rotherham’s New York Stadium.

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Notts County started well and went close a number of times in the first period, with Bassett, Jess Clarke and Rachel Williams all going close.

However, it was the Gunners, in their fifth Continental Cup final appearance in a row, who took the lead when midfielder Jordan Nobbs ran from just inside the halfway line before firing past Carly Telford at the near post. While it was a fine individual goal for Nobbs, England ‘keeper Telford should have done better.

The Lady Magpies’ chances of cup glory suffered a further blow when Bassett was sent off, somewhat harshly, for a crunching tackle from behind on Arsenal’s Vicky Losada.

Nobbs, a player who has struggled with injury all year, then killed off the game with a powerful long-range drive. But once again, Telford arguably could have done better.

After the break, Notts County did their best to get back into the game but it would be Arsenal who would score the final goal of the game, with sub Chioma Ubogagu dribbling her way to into the County box before prodding past Telford.

The win for the north Londoners means they have now gone 11 seasons without picking up a trophy, although they’ll have to work cut out to challenge Chelsea and Manchester City in next year’s WSL. As for the Lady Magpies, they’ll rue that first-half red card. Indeed, after that infamous own-goal in the World Cup semi-final in the summer, Bassett has certainly had a memorable season, if not always for the most positive of reasons.

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