By Les Roberts
Updated Monday, 11th May 2009
With an air of inevertonbility - yeah, I made that one up, seems fitting for the Blues - Arsenal Ladies beat Everton 1-0 to take the title for the sixth consecutive season.Arsenal won the match thanks to a 13th minute volley from Suzanne Grant but it was Everton that had the majority of the game and were unlucky to not get anything from the match an, ultimately, the season.
Despite piling on the pressure Everton were unable to create many meaningful chances and Emma Byrne in the Arsenal goal dealt comfortably with everything that was thrown at her.
That said, she was the busier of the two 'keepers as Rachel Brown was barely called into action thanks to a combination of some great Everton defending and the Blues simply having the majority of the possession.
But it's not hard to see how the Gunners have swept to a domestic treble this season as they are as well organised a side as George Graham's early-nineties 'one-nil' merchants!
This was my first experience of a ladies football match and, despite being as disapointed as most of the 2,135 in attendance, it was an enjoyable afternoon.
Obviously, had it been the first team endin the season under such disappointing circumstance the afternoon wouldn't have been enjoyable at all, but this was a completely different match going experience to the normal one and there was a much more family-orientated atmosphere.
That said, and probably because of the family atmosphere, you could take your pint to your seat, even while the game was on.
None of this arsing about getting served and getting told by the Police and stewards to sup up and get to your seat seconds after you've finally been served!
And, though it's hard to feel as passionately about the Ladies' team as the first team, one girl seemed to feel particularly strongly about the result.
When consoled by her Dad that "There's always next year" our female footy fan simply replied: "You wouldn't be bloody saying that if it was the mens' team that had just lost!"
Really though, on yesterday's evidence, theres' no reason at all why Everton Ladies can't go one better andlift the title for the first time in 10 years!