Women’s football: Arsenal claim FA Cup in Doncaster

Arsenal's Jordan Nobbs (r) celebrates her goal against Bristol. Picture: Andrew Roe
Arsenal's Jordan Nobbs (r) celebrates her goal against Bristol. Picture: Andrew Roe

Arsenal Ladies have won the FA Women’s Cup final after beating Bristol Academy Women at the Keepmoat Stadium - where a minute’s applause was held for Doncaster Rovers Belles.

The cup final saw strikes from Stephanie Houghton, Jordan Nobbs and Ellen White as Bristol failed to respond in Doncaster.

The win marks the 12th time out of 13 that the Gunners have lifted the prestigious silverware.

The game saw a minute of applause ring around Doncaster’s signature stadium in the 22nd minute - signifying the number of years Doncaster Belles have been in the top flight.

Belles fans took a petition to the ground protesting against the decision as well as bells and a banner targetting the FA, however, had them confiscated from the stadium.

Kevin Maye, one of the protesters, told the Free Press that the event left a “bad taste in the mouth” but that they were determined to continue their fight against the FA’s decision to demote Belles - who are the only ever-presents in the top flight.

A spokesman for the FA said that one bell and a banner were “deemed unsuitable” by Doncaster Rovers security and confiscated.

Belles, who will next season play their football in WSL2 following an application process into the FAWSL, have appealed against the decision.

See this week’s Doncaster Free Press for more.