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FA WSL Round Up: Chelsea go top of the table

With just one WSL game last weekend there was a full fixture list this past weekend.

Reigning Champions Chelsea moved to the top of the WSL table after a 2-1 win over previous leaders Manchester United. The teams are level on points but Chelsea have a better goal difference, plus a game in hand.

Third placed Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by Reading. Manchester City hammered Aston Villa 7-0 while Everton put four past bottom side Bristol City. Tottenham beat West Ham by 1-0 and Birmingham City drew at home to Brighton.

Chelsea 2 v 1 Manchester United

Chelsea began brightly with Sam Kerr going past two United defenders to take a shot forcing Mary Earps into an early save. Just two minutes later and Fran Kirby’s though ball finds Kerr in the box but she shot wide. Kerr had another chance but her first time shot went wide again. Three really good chances for The Blues who should have been leading.

United’s first chance came from Christen Press, Kirsty Hanson’s cross defected to Press who hit the ball on the half volley but put it wide.

Chelsea were soon back on the front foot. Working into the box on the right, Fran Kirby had another chance but Earps stuck a leg for a Chelsea corner.

Erin Cuthbert swung in the corner which was met by Pernille Harder who headed towards goal. Amy Turner headed the ball out but it found its to Kirby who shot was blocked but United could not clear and Harder turned the ball into the net. 1-0 Chelsea 30′.

United brought Lauren James on for Press after 55 minutes and it took the 19 year old just six minutes to make an impact. After playing a lovely 1-2 with Ella Tonne, James took sight of goal and curled her shot past the outstretched arms of Berger. 1-1 61′

The goal woke the Chelsea team up as Kerr had another chance saved by Earps. After So-Yun Ji’s shot defected into her path Kerr tried the shot but Earps saved comfortably.

Chelsea retook the lead on 65 minutes as Berger’s long ball went the length of the pitch. The United defenders were not alive to the ball over the top but Chelsea’s in form player Fran Kirby was. Taking a couple of touches Kirby calmly put the ball past the advancing Earps. 2-1 Chelsea 61′.

Lauren James had another chance to level. Ella Tonne playing James behind the chelsea backline, but the striker but her shot wide of the target.

A thrilling game between the top two ends with a win for the Champions, who now go top of the league.

Reading 1 v 1 Arsenal

Arsenal missed the chance to close the gap to second place after drawing at Reading. Reading took the lead after 5 minutes as Lauren Bruton turned in Emma Mitchells free kick. Arsenal were level five minutes before halftime. Jill Roord’s header was saved by Grace Moloney, but Vivianne Miedema was first to react to tap in for her 12th goal of the season.

Reading reamian in sixth place while Arsenal are still third three points of Chelsea and Manchester United.

West Ham United 0 v 1 Tottenham Hotspur

West Ham began this game brightly but failed to really trouble Spur’s keeper Rebecca Spencer. Tottenham grew into the game and took the lead on 35 minutes.

Rosella Ayane putting temping cross across the six yard box, Alanna Kennedy was crowded out by West Ham’s defenders and unable to get the ball. Tottenham’s Gemma Davison picked up the loose ball and found Lucy Quinn who fired home.

West Ham pushed for an equalizer in the second half but couldn’t find the net. The win is Tottenham’s third in a row and they sit in 7th place. West Ham are 10th.

Everton 4 v 0 Bristol City

After five games without a win Everton picked up all three points after putting four past Bristol City.

Taking the lead after 4 minutes, Nicoline Sorensen’s cross was turned into the roof of the net by Izzy Christiansen. Sorensen and Christiansen almost combined for the second but City keeper haland made a good save. Hayley Raso’s cross looked to be the keepers but she fumbled the ball and it was turned in by Simone Magill. Everton lead 2-0 at half time.

Christiansen made it three after squeezing the ball from a tight angle into the far corner after being played in by Lucy Graham. Megan Finnigan round off a good win with a fourth heading in at the near post from Christiansen’s corner.

Everon stay in fifth place on 17 points while Bristol City are still looking for a first win.

Manchester City 7 v 0 Aston Villa

Not really a contest at The Academy Stadium as Manchester City ran riot and put 7 past Aston Villa. Lauren Hemp got the first sliding in at the far post from Chole Kelly’s cross. Jill Scott made it two after 17 minutes before Stanway scored the third on 31 minutes. Kelly and Hemp combined again to make it four nil, before Kemp’s cross was put into the goal by Villa’s Natalie Haigh. Ellen White made six before half time.

Chloe Kelly got City’s seventh in the second half. City are fourth five points off the leaders Chelsea and Manchester United. Villa are 11th four points ahead of Bristol City.

Birmingham City 0 v 0 Brighton

Brighton controlled this match but rarely caused Birmingham keeper Hannah Hampton. Despite having seven shots on target the Birmingham keeper was never in danger of conceding. Birmingham had only one shot on target in the entire game and Brighton will feel hard done by with just a point.

Brighton are in 9th place while Birmingham are 8th.

Birmingham City will host Everton at 19:00 on Wednesday 20th January. Aston Villa are home to Reading on Saturday 23rd January 12:00. Two 12:00 kick offs on Sunday 24th January as Arsenal host West Ham and Manchester United host Birmingham City. Brighton will play Manchester City at 14:00 and Bristol City will host leaders Chelsea.

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. 

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

WSL RoundUp Week One: Jill Roord Hat-Trick inspires the Gunners To Victory

This past weekend marked the return of the FA Women Super League, where remarkably the last League matches concluded at the end of February. 

Joe Montemurro’s Arsenal, however, put the disappointment of last month’s Champions League exit to PSG successfully behind them with a resounding 6-1 victory over Kelly Chambers’ Reading, who had not played a game since February.

Indeed, the Royals new midfielder, Jess Fishlock did not have the dream debut, as the Gunners were ruthless in front of goal. Scottish international Kim Little gave Montemurro’s side the early lead with a composed finish from Leah Williamson’s pinpoint cross in the fifteenth minute.  While last season’s Football Writers’ Player of the Year, Vivianne Miedema, subsequently doubled the North London team’s advantage before Jill Roord was able to add a third just before half-time. 

Things did not improve for Chamber’s side in the second half as Little was able to successfully set up Roord for Arsenal’s fourth of the day.  Last season’s golden boot winner, Miedema then made up for an uncharacteristic miss by adding a fifth with a terrifically struck shot. 

Ten minutes from time, Roord was able to round off scoring for the Gunners by completing her hat trick after a lovely flowing team move. Ex- Arsenal striker, Danielle Carter managed to grab a late consolation for the Royals but by then the game itself was over as a contest.  

Last season’s WSL champions Chelsea, meanwhile, were held to a 1-1 draw at Manchester United’s Leigh Sports Village stadium.  The Blues took the lead in the 25thminute through Australian International striker Sam Kerr after she had managed to successfully convert a cross from Fran Kirby.  

Casey Stoney’s United, however, were always in the game and saw Leah Galton’s header hit the bar just before half-time.  The Red Devils were, however, able to grab an equaliser ten minutes from time when Galton was able to convert substitute Jackie Groenen’s cross.  

There was still time for Chelsea’s record signing and the most expensive player in women’s football history, Pernille Harder to make her much-anticipated debut, however, she was unable to find that break through as the game ended 1-1.  

Gareth Taylor’s first WSL in charge of Manchester City ended with a 2-0 victory over newly promoted Aston Villa.  England striker Georgia Stanway scored both goals in the first 21 minutes, which were created by two defensive mix-ups at the back by Villa’s defence.  Overall, Taylor would be encouraged by new signing Chloe Kelly’s performance, through out the game she was able to cause the Villa defence a number of problems. While the American, Sam Mewis also grew impressively into her midfield role as the game went on.  

Two goals from club captain Lucy Graham helped Everton get off to an impressive start as they secured a 4-0 away win against Bristol City, while two second half goals from Megan Connolly and Inessa Kaagman helped Hope Powell’s Brighton on the way to a 2-0 victory over Birmingham City.  

Finally West Ham’s Adriana Leon scored a brilliant goal in the WSL’s first London derby of the season as the Hammers kicked off their season with a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur.  

What next?

This weekend’s round of fixtures kicks-off with West Ham hosting Arsenal, in a match that will be played in front of roughly 1,000 supporters. This is part of the Government’s latest pilot scheme of allowing people to attend sport.  The game will be due to kick-off at 5:20pm on Saturday 12thSeptember at Dagenham and Redbridge’s Victoria Road. 

On Sunday 13thSeptember sees the rest of week two’s WSL ties as Champions Chelsea will be looking to get their first win of the campaign at home to Bristol City.  While, Everton will look to build on their impressive start as they are at home to Tottenham Hotspur.  

Elsewhere, Manchester United travel to face Birmingham City, Gareth Taylor’s Manchester City host Brighton and Reading will be looking to bounce back from their heavy opening day defeat as they play newly promoted Aston Villa. 

September 12th

West Ham United vs Arsenal 5:20pm 

September 13th

Chelsea vs Bristol City 12:30pm

Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur 1pm

Birmingham City vs Manchester United 2pm

Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion 2pm

Reading vs Aston Villa 2pm