Conti Cup: Arsenal cruise into semi-finals after London City win

Cloe Lacasse of Arsenal scores a goal against London City Lionesses in the Conti Cup
Cloe Lacasse of Arsenal scores her team's third goal during the FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup Quarter Final match vs London City Lionesses (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Arsenal beat London City Lionesses 4-0 at a sold out Princes Park as their Conti Cup trophy defence continues.

Originally scheduled for the 7th February, the match was rearranged due to a waterlogged pitch at Princes Park. This was the first meeting between the two sides since January 2022. In this match, Arsenal won 1-0 following a goal from the Women’s Super League all-time leading goalscorer Vivianne Miedema.

Both teams were unbeaten in the competition, with two wins and one draw to their names. Following their win, Arsenal are set for a home fixture in the semi-finals against Aston Villa.

Emily Fox — the Gunners’ January signing — was unavailable due to participation in the Gold Cup. Similarly, Miedema too was unable to play due to meniscus irritation.

Starting XIs

London City Lionesses

Moloney; Mukandi (Cowan, 76′), Brougham, Joel (Farrelley, 87′), Scofield (Satchell, 76′), Douglas (Wilde, 76′), Groves, Fitzgerald, Carter (Bailey, 82′), Culver, Boye-Hlorkah.

Arsenal

Zinsberger; Catley, Wubben-Moy, Codina, McCabe (Lia, 82′), Wälti, Little (Cooney-Cross, 60′), Pelova (Maanum, 60′), Foord (Mead, 60′), Blackstenius (Russo, 71′), Lacasse.

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How it went

Arsenal started with great intensity and almost opened the scoring in the second minute after a curling effort from Caitlin Foord, which Grace Maloney tipped wide. Several minutes later, another chance presented itself to Foord, however once again, Maloney was there to save it.

Following Katie McCabe’s corner in the 39th minute, Stina Blackstenius headed the ball across the box, which Cloé Lacasse headed home. Shortly before half-time, Maloney brought down Blackstenius in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Captain Kim Little converted the penalty and scored her first goal since returning from injury.

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Lacasse scored her second of the game in the 57th minute following a late run into the box. She will have been happy to get herself on the scoresheet before she leaves to represent Canada in the Gold Cup.

The fourth goal of the night was scored by Alessia Russo as she headed in Frida Maanum’s cross. The former will have been happy to contribute tonight on what marked her 100th Arsenal appearance.

Chances were few and far between for London City Lionesses as they only managed two shots against Arsenal. Their best chance came early in the first half following a shot from Lois Joel which rose just over the crossbar.

It was also positive news for Arsenal fans to see 17-year-old academy graduate, Vivienne Lia make her senior debut for the club.

Who is up next?

The league is not in their hands anymore, but Arsenal will hope to stay alive in the title race as they take on Manchester United. The match will take place at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with kick-off at 12:30pm. The match will be streamed on Sky Sports for those in the UK. International viewers can watch via the FA Player.

London City Lionesses will hope to maintain their place in the Championship with a win over Durham on Sunday. They currently sit in 10th and are tied on 12 points with Watford, who are in 11th.

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