Tuesday 20 August 2019

Ireland's Katie McCabe on target as Arsenal seal Super League title for first time in seven years

Arsenal's Katie McCabe celebrates scoring her side's second goal
Arsenal's Katie McCabe celebrates scoring her side's second goal

James Ford

Arsenal Women clinched the Super League title for the first time since 2012 with a 4-0 victory over Brighton.

Vivianne Miedema opened the scoring with her 22nd goal of the season after six minutes, the Dutch striker hitting a thunderous shot from the edge of the area which went in off the underside of the crossbar.

And the 22-year-old then turned provider after half an hour, setting up team-mate Katie McCabe to double the visitors' lead at the Amex Stadium.

Beth Mead made it 3-0 with a superb long-range effort and Danielle Van De Donk completed the rout in front of a record crowd of 5,265.

Miedema told BT Sport: "I came to Arsenal to win the league but I don't think I've realised what we've done yet.

"I'm happy we've done it and we've done it with a 4-0 win. Joe (Montemurro) changed a lot when he came in, so he has to take a lot of credit, but more than anything he really made us believe in ourselves."

Fellow goalscorer Mead added: "It's hard to describe right now but it's been a long time coming - everyone's ecstatic.

"Joe says we've had a lot of ups and downs as a group with injuries and things like that so enjoy the moment."

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