FA Women’s Super League Round-Up…

By Danielle Ward

In contrast to last weekend, there may not have been any upsets in the FA Women’s Super League this weekend, but an attendance record being set meant it was still a weekend to remember for players and fans alike.

Arsenal 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur 

A record-breaking 47,367 fans packed into The Emirates on a sunny September Saturday to see who would come out on top in the first North London Derby of the season. 

The Gunners retained their unbeaten record against Spurs, with the game ending 4-0. Goals came from Beth Mead in the fifth minute, followed up by a powerful header from Rafaelle Souza and a brace from Vivianne Miedema sealing the deal on the dominant performance.

Vivianne Miedema (right) scored twice for Arsenal during their North London Derby victory over Tottenham Hotspur (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Speaking in the post-match press conference, manager Jonas Eidevall was again full of praise for his team saying: “When you look at the game, we didn’t concede a single goal scoring chance in the whole game. It’s so impressive, Spurs are a very good team. That is very stable.”

Spurs didn’t deal with Arsenal’s aggressive press from the outset and after conceding so early, just didn’t have the answers to make any impact on the relentless attacks.

Speaking to Tottenhamhotspur.com, manager Rehanne Skinner said “We’re good footballers and we’ve just got to look after the ball better and be confident in that. We undersold ourselves with that today.”

Arsenal has a must-win Champions League qualifier match away to Ajax on Wednesday before the international break, while their next WSL clash is away at Reading on October 16.

Tottenham Hotspur have a Conti Cup meeting with Reading next weekend before they head into the break. They then face Liverpool at home in the WSL on October 16.

West Ham United 0-2 Manchester United 

After a goalless first half, West Ham faced defeat at home to Manchester United. 

The Red Devils sealed their three points with Lucía García and Hannah Blundell scoring their first-ever goals for the team.

West Ham United’s Claudia Walker looks to get in first against Manchester United at the Chigwell Construction Stadium (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Speaking to www.manutd.com after the game, manager Marc Skinner said; “I was pleased with our energy and our commitment. In the second half, we were very, very dominant and that’s what has won us the

game.”

Lucy Parker thought she had grabbed a goal back for the Irons but despite a lengthy discussion between the referee and assistant, it was ruled off-side.

Despite the loss, Hammers manager Paul Konchesky was proud of his team. Speaking to www.whufc.com he said: “We knew coming into the game that Manchester United are a very strong side. I said to the team in the changing room that I thought the effort, and the desire to keep

going was second to none.”

West Ham United boss, Paul Konchesky (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Next up in the WSL for Manchester United is a home game against Brighton and Home Albion on October 16.

Before the international break, West Ham has their postponed opening weekend game against Chelsea on Wednesday and then travel to Aston Villa on October 15.

Chelsea 2-0 Manchester City 

Manchester City saw their title comeback hopes take another hit as they were beaten by Chelsea at a sold-out Kingsmeadow.

City couldn’t capitalise on their dominance in the first half and the tables were turned with a goal from Lionesses Fran Kirby in the forty-second minute, opening the scoring for Chelsea.

Chelsea continued their dominance in the second half. Maren Mjelde made it two from the spot after a handball in the penalty area.

Speaking to www.mancity.com, manager Gareth Taylor was remaining positive despite the defeat, saying: “I saw real positives today, and I told the players that. They fed back to me as well and worked tremendously hard. That’s a performance to build on.”

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes will be glad to put last week’s defeat behind them and get three points on the board. Speaking to www.chelseafc.com, she said: “Great second half from the team, really competent, calm in possession. Thought we adapted really well to the challenges of the first half. Better all-round performance than last week.“

Next up for Chelsea is their postponed opening weekend game against West Ham on Wednesday. Manchester City will continue their WSL campaign after the international break, at home to Leicester

City on October 16.

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