County Cup joy

Thursday 18 April 2002

Fulham Ladies collected their third trophy in as many weeks last night beating an under strength Arsenal side 4-0 in the final of the London County Cup.

A goal in each half from Kristy Moore and one a piece for Marianne Pettersen and Lynn Mork gave the Whites a comfortable victory. In fact the scoreline would have been a lot more emphatic had it not been for the Arsenal goalkeeper who made a string of fine saves, and the referee who bizarrely disallowed two goals in what can a best be described as an indifferent performance!

Lene Terp continued in midfield with Katie Chapman, injured in the League Cup final win over Birmingham, returning to the bench. Despite having the majority of the possession and several chances the ladies didn't find a breakthrough until eight minutes before half time. Marianne Pettersen put winger Kristy Moore in the clear down the right and the Australian drilled the ball home from ten yards.

The Whites made it 2-0 two minutes later when the Arsenal defence failed to clear a Rachel Yankey cross allowing Marianne Pettersen to stoke the ball home from twelve yards.

After the break Fulham continued to have all the play and substitute Katie Chapman forced an excellent save from the Arsenal goalkeeper with a 30-yard effort.

Kristy Moore, a threat all night down the right wing, claimed her second of the night to make the score 3-0 on 72 minutes, after good work from Pettersen.

After 80 minutes Sanchia Duncan, on for the injured Rachel Yankey, made good progress down the left and her cross eventually found Lynn Mork who scored Fulham's fourth of the night.

In the final minutes, the excellent Margunn Haugenes went close to what would have been a richly deserved goal before the referee inexplicably ruled out two Fulham goals for fouls on the Arsenal keeper.

Despite this frustration it was a great night for the Fulham Ladies and, although Arsenal left out several first team players due to league commitments, the result is another indication of how the balance of power in women's football has shifted from North London to SW6.

The Ladies remain on course to complete a clean sweep of trophies, having already won the Premier League Cup Final and the Southern Division championship in recent weeks.

All that is left is the FA Cup final against Doncaster Belles on May 6, a match which is being shown live on BBC Television for the first time.

Last year's final between Fulham and Arsenal at Selhurst Park attracted a record crowd of 14,000, and it is hoped that this record will be broken this year. Kick off is 1pm. Fans wishing to go to the game should call the ticket hotline on 0208 771 8841.

Fulham Ladies: Johannessen, Kim Jerray- Silver (Gibbons 73 mins), McArthur, Phillip, Unitt,
Mork, Terp (Chapman 45 mins), Haugenes, Moore, Pettersen, Yankey (Duncan 50 mins).

Scorers: Moore (37, 72)
Pettersen (39)
Mork (79)