Arsenal Ladies moved a step closer to retaining their F.A. Cup title after a 10-0 demolition of arch rivals Tottenham.
FULL-TIME: Arsenal 10-0 Tottenham Hotspur
North London is pic.twitter.com/FVtbK6YOB4
— Arsenal Ladies (@ArsenalLadies) March 19, 2017
The win ended Spurs’ 27-game run without a defeat and the Gunners will face Birmingham City in the quarter finals.
Dutch international midfielder Danielle van de Donk scored a hat-trick, the highlight being a deft backheel in the 59th minute.
This year’s final will take place at Wembley for the third year running and the club’s 1-0 victory against Chelsea drew a record 33,000 attendance.
Striker Danielle Carter scored a brace and Beth Mead also was on the scoresheet on her debut following her transfer from Sunderland in January.
Fellow debutant Heather O’Reilly said following the victory: “Today was fun. Let’s keep it going! Thank you everyone for your support.”
Arsenal Ladies Twitter account declared that “North London is red” following the thumping in front of a bumper crowd of 1,407.
The side will now take part in the WSL Spring Series which will begin on 22 April and Arsenal’s campaign will begin with a home match against Notts County, who finished sixth last season.
The WSL Spring Series is a mini-league that has been organised to bridge the gap between the Women’s Super League’s switch from a summer league to a winter league, which will allow vital pre-tournament preparation before the Euros this summer.