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Great Scott helps Arsenal Ladies triumph

EXPERIENCED: Alex Scott of Arsenal Ladies made a winning return to the club

THE RETURNING Alex Scott was the star of the show as Arsenal Ladies won 3-1 in their UEFA Champions League first leg quarter final against Gothenburg FC of Sweden.

The player, who returned to the club last week after a spell with Boston Breakers, was pivotal for the Ladies as they won a fiercely competitive tie.

After a disappointing first half, Arsenal Ladies were lucky to be going into the break at 1-1 thanks to a cheeky Jordan Nobbs goal that snuck into the bottom left hand corner of the goal.

The home side had the majority of possession in the first half but they were unable to convert that into any serious chances. Although there was good work down the right by Steph Houghton and Scott, most of their crosses were wasted due to a lack of numbers in the penalty box.

Home manager, Laura Harvey, admitted she was far from impressed with the goal that broke the deadlock after her team conceded a sloppy free-kick on the edge of the box after ten minutes. It was expertly taken by Lisa Ek and deceived goalkeeper, Emma Byrne.

Keen to establish themselves in the competition, all the early attacking in the second half came from Arsenal. Former player Anita Assante was key in helping the Swedish side keep the score level with an impressive tackle on Katie Chapman as she broke into the oppositions half.

But the Women’s Super League champions and FA Cup holders took the lead in the 75th minute when Kim Little converted a penalty after being fouled in the box by Marlene Sjoberg.

The lead settled the teams’ nerves and a third, eight minutes from time from forward Ellen White gave the home side the win.

After the game, Alex Scott said: “It’s good to be back. We started slowly but had all the possession. I think we got more confident with each goal.”

The second leg will be played next week to decide who goes through to the semi-finals of the competition.

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