Arsenal Ladies 3-0 Notts County Ladies: Nobbs brace helps Gunners win trophy

A brace in the first half from midfielder Jordan Nobbs and one from substitute Chioma Ubogagu helped Arsenal beat Notts County 3-0 in the Continental Tyres Cup Final at Rotherham United's AESSEAL New York Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Going into the game Arsenal manager Pedro Martinez Losa named England's Casey Stoney, Nobbs and Leah Williamson in the starting XI, while Notts  County manager Rick Passmoor named Carly Telford, Alex Greenwood, Jess Clarke, Ellen White and Laura Bassett in his starting XI.

Even start to the game

It was an even start to the Continental Cup final and both sides went close early on. First Notts County went close as Williamson slipped and Clarke almost punished her but noone was alert to her cut back.

Arsenal then went close as Rachel Yankey's cross was blocked and the corner that followed from Marta Corredera was cleared behind for another corner by Leanne Crichton and the second corner that followed was flicked on by Natalia De Pablos and Telford claimed easily.

Arsenal went close again from inside the box this time as Vicky Losada tried a volley and Telford claimed with easy. Notts then won a free-kick on the right for a foul and from 35-yards Greenwood's cross was flicked on by White to Bassett and her effort from close-range forced Arsenal keeper Sari van Veendaal into making a point blank save to keep the scores at 0-0.

Nobbs gives Arsenal the lead

A great solo run from Nobbs down Arsenal's right went all the way unchallenged, and she fired home at the near post against the run of play to give the Gunners the lead.

Just a few moments after and De Pablos went close for Arsenal as she went fired over the bar from 25-yards out. Notts then tried to get back into the game as Clarke tried her luck with a curling effort but van Veendaal was equal to the effort and made the save.

There was a controversial moment in the game 10 minutes before half time as Notts were reduced to 10 men as captain Bassett was shown a straight red card following a foul on Losada but it appeared the Notts player had won the ball first.

Yankey then got away on the left and crossed to Corredera and the Arsenal winger fired over the bar.

Arsenal double the advantage before the break

Arsenal did double the advantage just 4 minutes before the break as Nobbs unleashed a unstoppable strike from 25-yards straight into the top corner to put Arsenal in control of the game as the Half Time whistle was approaching.

And Notts almost pulled one back before half time as Rachel Williams hit the cross bar with a fantastic strike.

At the start of the 2nd half Notts County almost got their way back into the game as White plays in Clarke and Dominique Janssen did well to cut out the effort.

Arsenal then went close as Corredera crossed looking for Nobbs but the latter couldn't reach and the ball went all the way out for a throw.

Notts then tried their luck once again as White ran through on goal and van Veendal pulled off a top save and it went behind for a Notts corner. From the corner that followed Arsenal somehow managed to keep the ball out as both Janssen and Jemma Rose managed to clear the ball off the line.

Arsenal did manage to get back on top and Losada went close from 25-yards but her effort went over the bar, before De Pablos headed Corredera's cross over the bar and Nobbs' cross was over hit and went out of play.

Notts tried to get back into the game as substitute Fearn Whelan headed just wide of the post after a brilliant free-kick from Greenwood.

Arsenal seal the win in stoppage time

Arsenal made sure of the win in stoppage time as substitute Ubogagu slipped the ball past Telford before beating her marker to hit home from a tight angle. 

That was the last action of the game and Arsenal won the  Continental Tyres Cup after a great game.

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