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WSL Update: City reignite title challenge

Caroline Weir strike secures last minute winner

Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

Caroline Weir struck a crucial last minute winner for Manchester City to boost their Women’s Super League Title hopes against rivals Arsenal. 

The game looked certain to be heading for draw until the Scottish midfielder was able to find the bottom corner. 

City, however, did start slowly perhaps still feeling the affects of their mid-week efforts in Sweden where Gareth Taylor’s side were able to secure a 2-1 aggregate advantage in the Champions League.

Indeed, the Gunners were able to make their fast start count as the WSL top scorer Vivanne Miedema capitalised on some loose passing at the back by City and slotted a 20-yard shot past Ellie Roebuck with just three minutes on the clock.

City were able to level things up on the half-hour mark as the impressive American International Sam Mewis was able to head home a Chloe Kelly corner.

From there it was all one way traffic as City, who are unbeaten at home in 26 league matches were able to muster 16 shots on the Arsenal goal.  The efforts of Taylor’s side were eventually rewarded as Georgia Stanway’s blocked shot fell to Weir, who calmly curled in a low long-range strike.  

Following their late winner, Manchester City Head Coach Taylor said:

“I thought we dominated the game, apart from the opening give minutes. It was similar to Goteborg in that we showed the strength of our character to fight back.

“I’m delighted with the girls and they way they kept going. It took us until the last few seconds to get what I thought we really deserved – for Caroline to produce a moment of magic.

The match winner Weir, meanwhile, added:

“That was my first goal this season,

“To be fair, I don’t remember too much about it! It fell right to me, I took a touch and saw a gap, and focused on hitting the target.

Fortunately, it went in and we got the three points.

Hayley Ladd ensures the Red Devils maintain impressive start

Reading 1-2 Manchester United

In the day’s early game saw Casey Stoney’s Manchester United extend their unbeaten start to the season thanks to a late header from Hayley Ladd against Reading. 

The league leaders started the game in confident fashion and subsequently Leah Galton gave the Red Devils the advantage following a flowing counter attacking move and ended with Galton blasting the ball past Grace Maloney in the Reading goal. 

The Royals did certainly made United work hard for their win and were able to draw level through a deflected shot from Jess Fishlock, which wrong footed the England keeper Mary Earps.

The winner for United, however, came from a corner seven minutes from time, which Ladd was able to head in giving Maloney no chance. 

Sam Kerr makes the difference for the Blues

Brighton 0-1 Chelsea

Australian international Sam Kerr proved the difference for the Blues to see off a stubborn Brighton team.  The Champions had to work hard for the win, but the victory ensured that they remained three points behind Manchester United. 

It is also worth baring in mind that Chelsea do crucially have a game in hand over Stoney’s side and it was Kerr’s header from a Pernille Harder cross that ultimately settled the contest mid-way through the first half. 

The Seagulls did, however, give Emma Hayes’ team a scare when Inessa Kaagman hit the bar following a neat turn and shot on the edge of the penalty area. 

Alex Morgan scores again for Spurs 

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Aston Villa

Alex Morgan scored her second penalty in a row as Spurs’ revival under Rehanne Skinner continued with a comfortable victory over Aston Villa. 

Morgan put Spurs ahead from the spot in the 13thminute of the game after the American had herself won the penalty as she drew the foul from Villa keeper Lisa Weiss.   

Nadine Hanssen, however, was able to chip in a terrific equaliser just 11 minutes later to restore parity. 

The unfortunate Villa defender Caroline Siems was responsible for restoring Spurs advantage after she inadvertently turned in a Morgan low cross.  

The win was secured mid-way through the second half as Roselle Ayane scored her first goal for the club with a deflected effort as the North London side clinched their second win in a row under their new manager.  

Robins Hammered

Bristol City 0-4 West Ham United

Tanya Oxtoby’s Bristol City side were left four points from safety as West Ham were able to secure a comprehensive victory in a battle of the league’s bottom two teams. 

The Hammers took the lead after Yana Daniels’ clearance ricocheted off Jemma Purfield’s into the City net.  The second half saw further goals from Emily van Egmond, England’s Rachel Daly, before Martha Thomas rounded off the scoring.

This result meant that West Ham moved back above Aston Villa into 10thplace in the table. 

WSL Update: Alex Morgan scores first Spurs Goal

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

The latest round of the Women Super League saw the double American World Cup winner Alex Morgan score her first goal for her new club to help them on their way to a 3-1 victory over Hope Powell’s Brighton & Hove Albion. 

More crucially, however, it secured the North London side’s first win of the WSL campaign as well as giving new Head Coach, Rehanne Skinner a first victory.  Spurs opened the scoring in the 11thminute of the game through a curling left footed free kick from Kerys Harrop.  The Seagulls equalised from the penalty spot in the 33rdminute thanks to a composed finish from Inessa Kaagman.  

In the second half Spurs were able to restore their advantage through Angela Addison, who broke through from midfield before calmly slotting it past the Brighton keeper Megan Walsh.  

The win was subsequently secured six minutes from time through a Alex Morgan penalty, which was awarded following a foul on Ria Percival.  

Following the game, Skinner said:

“Obviously we’ve worked really hard over the last couple of weeks, the players have gone into the game with a really positive mentality and it’s translated on the pitch.

“The three points are massive for the club, it starts to move us in the direction that we want to be moving in, and I think they deserved it on the balance of play.”

When asked about Morgan scoring her first WSL goal, Skinner said:

“Alex has been building up her time on the pitch over the course of the last couple of months. For her, she’s getting more and more back to where she would probably want to be.”

Champions Chelsea make it 12 in a row at home

Chelsea 3-2 West Ham United

Australian international Sam Kerr, meanwhile, helped Chelsea set a new Women Super League record as they beat London rivals West Ham 3-2. 

The win was in front of 700 supporters at the Blues’ home of Kingsmedow and marked the first time that the WSL was able to welcome fans since the easing of restrictions earlier this week.

Kerr gave Emma Hayes’ side the early lead after she was able to turn in a Fran Kirby low cross.  The Hammers, managed by caretaker Billy Stewart following Matt Beard’s departure last month were able to respond in the second half through new signing Rachel Daly, who slotted home Adriana Leon’s pin point cross.  

The parity only lasted eight minutes as Kerr was able to grab her second from close range before completing her hat trick mid-way through the second half. 

An own goal from Swedish defender Magdalena Eriksson two minutes from the end set up a tense finish but the Blues were able to hold on to the victory. 

The Blues will next be action on Wednesday afternoon whey they travel to Portugal to face Benfica for the first leg of their Champions League round of 32 tie. 

Manchester United maintain unbeaten start to the WSL

Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester United

Casey Stoney’s United were able to continue their unbeaten run in the Women Super League.  They secured a 2-0 win at newly promoted Aston Villa.

The Reds opened the scoring through Leah Galton, who finished off some terrific one touch passing on the edge of the Villa penalty area mid-way through the first half. 

United remained dominant for much of the game but had to wait until the 89thminute to be sure of the points through a brilliant lop over the keeper from Ella Toone.  

Stoney’s team remain top of the WSL, but are just one point ahead of Arsenal and have a three-point advantage over champions Chelsea, with Hayes’ side having played a game less. 

Gunners move to within one point of the leaders

Arsenal 3-0 Birmingham City

Joe Montemurro’s Arsenal team were able to produce a strong display to see off Carla Ward’s Birmingham.  

The Gunners captain Kim Little did miss a penalty mid-way through the first half and had to wait until the second half to break the deadlock. Caitlin Foord headed the ball in off the post before Jill Roord added a quick second five minutes later.

Little was able to make up for her penalty miss by making sure of the win by calmly converting from the spot in the 87thminute, sealing a 3-0 win.  

Caroline Weir impresses for City against Everton

Everton 0-3 Manchester City

Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor had high praise for influential midfielder Caroline Weir following his sides 3-0 at Everton. 

Weir was able to produce a hat trick of first half assists to ensure her side leapfrog the Toffees in the WSL table. 

The Scottish international was able to set up England striker Ellen White, Gemma Bonner and Janine Beckie with three excellent deliveries. 

Following the game, Taylor said:

“She showed her class (Weir) with her ability, like picking out the goal for Janine. She was great.

“She’s had a difficult period going away with Scotland. They didn’t qualify but to come back and produce that performance shows what she’s about.”

City now sit fourth in the table and face a key month as they open their Champions League campaign with a trip to Swedish side Goteborg, while in the league they are set to play second place Arsenal next Sunday. 

Sophie Baggaley inspires the Robins to draw at Reading

Reading 1-1 Bristol City

The weekend’s final game saw Bristol City earn just their second point of the season away at Reading.  

City took the lead in the first half through Emma Bissell, who scored her first WSL goal. England international Fara Williams was, however, able to equalise for the Royals shortly after half time. 

From there you would have expected Reading to go on and win the game but they could not find anyway past the inspired City keeper Sophie Baggaley, who saved a one-on-one against Danielle Carter and also impressively denied Jess Fishlock. 

WSL Update: Manchester United top Women Super League

Manchester United went top of the Women’s Super League after beating Arsenal 1-0. Chelsea hit four past Everton to go third. Bristol City, who were missing five first team players, went down 8-1 at Manchester City.

United go top of the WSL for the first time

Christen Press had the first big chance for The Red Devils forcing a outstanding save from Manuela Zinsberger. The ball finding Press inside the Arsenal box she brings the ball down and shooting on the turn only finding the outstretched leg of the Arsenal keeper.

United continued to attack the Arsenal goal, Hayley Ladd winning a strong challenge on the edge of the box allowing Ella Toone to shoot. The shot was straight at Zinsberger but warning signs were there for The Gunners.

Tobin Heath then found the side netting in the second half. Cutting inside from the left Heath’s run into box gave her a shooting chance but she could only find the side of the goal.

United were almost made to pay for their missed chances. Kim Little cross from the left was met at the near post by Caitlin Foord but her effort was well stopped by Mary Earps. The United keeper was called on again from another Arsenal move down the left. A low cross was turned towards goal by United defender Amy Turner, Earps’ reaction save meaning only a corner.

United got the only goal of the game after 83 minutes, Lauren James set Jessica Sigsworth off down the United right. Sigsworth dinked the ball past Viktoria Schnaderbeck and then out paced her into the box. Looking up and finding Ella Toone who’s shot went in off the post.

A fifth win for United to take them top of the WSL and keep their unbeaten league run going. Arsenal drop to second after their first defeat.

Defending Champions secure big win over The Toffees

Chelsea are third after a big win over Everton. Everton had the first big chance of the game, a poor clearance from near the corner by Berger found Egurrola just inside the Chelsea half. With the keeper out of her goal, the Everton midfielder went for goal but her shot was wide.

Chelsea’s opener came as they pressed Everton high up the pitch. Sandy Maciver attempted to clear the ball but her kick struck Beth England and fell to Ji so-Yun who volleyed the ball into the net.

Chelsea made it two after a subline flick from Melanie Leupolz found England who shot low into the near post. Chelsea’s third came after Erin Cuthbert’s shot was turned onto the bar by Maciver. England was the fastest to react heading home from close range.

Pernille Harder made it four in added time to wrap up the game. Playing a one-two with England on the edge of the box then putting a left footed effort into the top corner.

Everton’s first WSL defeat now sees them now in fourth place, Chelsea moving above them on goal difference.

The Hammers secure their first win of the season

West Ham came from behind to beat Birmingham 2-1. Following a long ball from Mollie Green, Claudia Walker found herself through on goal and she shotted her shot into the bottom corner.

West Ham drew level just before the break Walker turning in to her own net. Martha Thomas flicking on Adrina Leon’s cross and Walker turning it in. West Ham took the lead on 73 minutes, Rachel Daley’s floated cross headed in by Emily van Egmond. This ensured The Hammers of their first win after four defeats.

First WSL victory for newly promoted Villa

Two second half goals gave Aston Villa their first win beating Brighton 2-0. After putting Brighton under pressure Villa got the first goal from Anita Asante, lifting the ball over a crowd of players into the far corner.

Villa made sure of the points in stoppage time Ramona Petzelberger lobbing the keeper. Villa have two games in hand and could rise above Reading in sixth if they are able to win them.

Alex Morgan makes first WSL appearance in Spurs draw

Reading drew 1-1 away at Tottenham. Reading took the lead after Jess Fishlocks pass found Emma Mitchell in space down the right hand side. Mitchells cross was met by Brook Chaplen inside the six yard box. Ashleigh Neville scored the equaliser for Spurs, heading in from Rianna Deans flick on. USWNT Star Alex Morgan came off the bench to make her Tottenham debut, but neither side could find a winning goal.

Newly crowned FA Cup winners put eight past Bristol City

Bristol City were without five players due to COVID protocols. They had asked the FA to postpone their match against Manchester City, their request was turned down.

A trip to the Academy Stadium hard enough as it is without gifting City the lead. An own goal from Sophie Baggaley after 9 minutes. A poor pass at the back by City let Ebony Salmon level for Bristol. A spirited Bristol side were torn apart three times in four minutes before halftime. Goals from Laura Coombs (39′), Keira Walsh (42′) and Lucy Bronze (43′) giving City a 4-1 halftime lead. City scored another four in the second half with Georgia Stanway (48′), Ellen White (58′ & 85′) and Janine Beckie (81′).

Next Weekends fixtures sees Manchester United host rivals City. Villa Park will host the Birmingham derby, Arsenal host Chelsea, Everton are at home to Reading. Bristol City will host Tottenham and West Ham are at home to Brighton.

Womens FA Cup quarter Final Preview

2019/2020 FA Cup Resumes

As strange as its sounds to talk about FA Cup Quarter Finals in September, with all that’s going on in the world credit to the FA for finishing last season Women’s FA Cup.

FA Director of the women’s professional game Kelly Simmons said:

“A significant amount of work has been going on behind the scenes to ensure the Women’s FA Cup can be completed and I am delighted that we have received the necessary approval for its conclusion”.

Simmons continued:

“The Women’s FA Cup is a showpiece fixture in the football calendar and because of that there was a huge appetite for the remaining rounds to be played”.

The show piece final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 31st of October. But before that we have the quarter and semi finals to be played.

The quarter finals will take place this weekend starting with the north London derby on Saturday (Kick off 17:15). The winners of this will face the winners of Leicester City v Manchester City who met on Sunday at 14:00. Also on Sunday Everton host Chelsea at 13:00 with the winners facing Brighton or Birmingham who will face off at 14:00.

All games will be played behind closed doors. Arsenal’s game with Tottenham will be shown on BBC2 from 5pm on Saturday. While Everton v Chelsea will be streamed on the FA Player.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal head into this derby fixture having gotten off to a flying start in the WSL. With 9-1 and 6-1 wins over West ham and Reading respectively. The gunners have been on fire in front of goal. Tottenham however have suffered defeat to Everton 1-0 and drew with West ham 1-1.

New Arsenal player Steph Catley spoke to the clubs website about the competition:

“Its a brand new experience for me. the reason you play football is to win trophies, so to come in at such a late stage and be really close to winning one is really exciting”

Arsenal boast a wealth of international talent within their squad. Dutch midfielder Jill Roord has had a great start with six goals in two games. While fellow Netherlands international Vivianne Miedema has scored four goals so far. The Gunners also boast the likes of England stars Beth Mead and Jordan Nobbs, Dutch attacker Danielle Van de Donk and Scotland international Kim Little. Joe Montemurro’s side, therefore, must be considered heavy favourites.

Tottenham will be no push over’s, however, after recently signing US legend and World Cup winner Alex Morgan. Alex spoke to the club website about coming to play in England:

“I’ve heard so many great things about the WSL and some of my team-mates from the national team have come over and signed with other clubs in the WSL”. “I wanted to challenge myself and play in a different league”.

Players To Watch

For Arsenal Jill Roord and Vivianne Miedema have been scoring for fun. Jordan Nobbs and Danielle Van de Donk will also play an important part for Arsenal. As for Tottenham Australia defender Alanna Kennedy will need to be at her best. Anna Filbey will be looking to continue her good form, after Wales’ narrow 1-0 defeat to Norway. But there could be a staring role for Alex Morgan who may make her first appearance.

Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham

Everton V Chelsea

Everton host Chelsea in Sundays early game Kick off 13:00. The game will be streamed live on the FA Player.

Everton head into this game on the back of two wins in the WSL. A 1-0 victory over Tottenham and a 4-0 win over Bristol City. Lucy Graham scored twice in the win over Bristol while Isobel Christiansen got the winner against Tottenham.

Chelsea opened the WSL with at draw away to Manchester United (1-1) with a goal from Sam Kerr. In their second game they hammered Bristol City by nine goals. Kirby, Mjelde, Leupolz, Cuthbert, Bright, England, Charles, Harder and Kerr all getting on the scoresheet.

In the last five meeting between these side Chelsea have won four and there has been one draw. Everton’s last win was in 2013 when they won 3-2.

Players To Watch

For Everton Ingrid Wold the Norwegian international helped Norway to a 1-0 win over Wales on Tuesday will be key to stopping Chelsea’s So-Yun Ji, Fran kirby and Beth England. Scotland international Lucy Graham has two goals for the season and will be looking to add more.

For Chelsea they have world stars right across the squad. Norwegian trio Maren Mjelde, Maria Thorisdottir and Guro Reiten. Sophie Ingle, So-Yon Ji, Fran Kirby can all change games. While Sam Kerr is one of the best strikers in the world.

Prediction: Everton 0-4 Chelsea

Brighton V Birmingham City

These sides met each other on the opening day of the WSL season. Brighton won the game by two goals to nil, with stikes from Megan Connolly and Inessa Kaagman. The score flattered the Blues as Brighton hit fifteen attempts to their four.

Brighton’s second game saw them hold Man City to a goalless draw. They sit in sixth place after two games. After finishing ninth at the early end of last season Brighton will want to push on this season.

Birmingham’s poor start continued with a 5-2 defeat to Manchester United. They did lead in the match after conceding early. A Claudia Walker equaliser and an own goal from Abbie McManus giving them a brief lead. United leveled before the break, then hit three without reply in the second half.

Players to Watch

For Brighton Inessa Kaagman and Kayleigh Green will be important. Also 18 year old english defender Maya Le Tissier has looked a great talent in the first two rounds of the WSL. Birmingham will be looking for more goals from Claudia Walker.

Prediction: Brighton 2-0 Birmingham City

Leicester City v Manchester City

Leicester enter the quarter finals as the only Championship side remaining in the competition. They have begun their season with a 3-0 win over Blackburn and a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United. They sit second in the championship on goal difference.

FA Cup holders Manchester City have a win and draw in their opening WSL fixtures. City boss Gareth Taylor spoke to clubs website ahead of this game saying:

“The girls are under no illusions that we need to be better in the final third with our decision-making and final action where it matters”.

Taylor continued:

“Goals are important and of course, we don’t want to concede any. Its a positive in that respect- we’ve had two clean sheets”.

Aoife Mannion, Megan Campbell and Lauren Hemp are all confirmed to be out of contention though injuries. In positive news though Rose Lavelle may get her first start.

Players to Watch

For Leicester Natasha Flint has three goals in two games for the season. Millie Farrow has one goal in one and is another Leicester player to watch. Manchester City have an outstanding squad of international players, however, keep an eye on American pair Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis.

Prediction: Leicester City 0-3 Manchester City