WSL Roundup: Gameweek 8

This is something new I want to try. With the rise in Women’s leagues across Europe, and now that we’re in the offseason for the domestic NWSL, I wanted to do quick summaries of matches in the Women’s Super League (WSL) in England. I am still trying to figure this format out and might widen my coverage, if I have the time. Given that I am a Portland Thorns fan, I will most likely attempt to cover Thorns players outside of the WSL as well. Also, I am a Manchester City supporter so there will most likely be a bias to them, however, I will do my best not to make this a supporter segment.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Aston Villa Ladies 0 – 2 Manchester United Women

Manchester United continue to roll along this season, remaining unbeaten atop the table (4W 1D), while Aston Villa continue to struggle with just three points so far (1W 4L). Leah Galton got the scoring started early (25′), and Ella Toone scored late (89′) to secure the win.

Although United almost opened the scoring in the first minute, Villa played staunch defense, frustrating the league’s top team in the attacking half. United sit atop the table on 20 points. Villa have a quick turnaround, facing Bristol City WFC on Wednesday, December 9, while United face Reading FC on Sunday, December 13.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Chelsea FC Women 3 – 2 West Ham United

Australian international, Sam Kerr, continues her world domination tour, scoring a hat-trick (15′ 55′ 68′) for home side Chelsea (4W 1D) in their victory over West Ham (1W 4L). This win puts Chelsea’s unbeaten WSL streak to a very impressive 28 games.

It was a bit of a back-and-forth match, with West Ham bringing things even just two minutes into the second half on a Rachel Daly goal. Kerr of course would answer soon after, and then adding her third not long after that. She was then subbed off in the 71′ minute with a “slight injury.” An 88′ own goal credited to Magdalena Eriksson brought the scoreline closer, but Chelsea held on to secure their 12th consecutive home victory in front of fans for the first time this season.

Chelsea look to extend their current exceptional play next Sunday, December 13 against at Brighton & Hove Albion, while West Ham travel west to face Bristol City WFC on the same day.

Arsenal 3 – 0 Birmingham City

Despite an early missed PK (21′) from Kim Little on a save from Birmingham City GK Hannah Hampton, Arsenal (3W 1L 1D) continue their dominating scoring (33GF and +27GD) as they hosted Birmingham City (3W 2L). Kerr’s fellow Aussie (and ex-Portland Thorn) Caitlin Foord opened the scoring (57′), with Jill Roord adding a second just five minutes later. Little would eventually get a goal of her own (87′) with another PK chance, to go with her assist on Roord’s goal.

Arsenal retain second in the table, just one point behind Manchester United. They came out strong from the opening whistle but Birmingham City held strong despite the lopsided possession and attacking numbers. The second half went a bit different though, as Arsenal’s continuous pressure eventually broke down the visitors defending.

Next up Arsenal have a big matchup when they travel north to face Manchester City, who currently sit fourth in the table, and just four points behind Arsenal. Birmingham City will also have a tough matchup as they host fifth place Everton. Both matches are next Sunday, December 13.

Reading FC 1 – 1 Bristol City WFC

Reading (1W 1L 3D) started strong, peppering Bristol City (1D 4L), but unable to capitalize on any, which they would later regret. Emma Bissell slotted home a goal (43′) just before half, putting the visitors up. The hosts would strike soon into the second half however, as Fara Williams (50′) put back a save off a corner.

Despite the scoreline this one was a very spirited back and forth by both clubs, as Bristol City was desperately seeking their first win of the season. They currently sit at the bottom of the table, on just two points, as Reading’s point moves them up 10 points and to sixth on the table.

Next Sunday Reading host top of the table Manchester United, while Bristol City welcome in West Ham United.

Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Tottenham Hotspur (2D 3L) took an early lead in this one off a Kerys Harrop (11′) free kick just outside the box. Although, Brighton (1W 1D 3L) wasn’t going quietly as Inessa Kaagman (33′) slotted home a penalty to bring it even at the half. The second half told a different story though.

Angela Addison (63′) gave the home side the lead, with a tremendous individual effort on the counter, and USWNT star Alex Morgan (84′) scored her first goal for the club with a late penalty to seal it. With the win, Tottenham move up to ninth (6 points) in the table, while Brighton fall to eighth (8 points).

Coming up next for Tottenham they are hosting Aston Villa, while Brighton will return home to host Chelsea. Both matches will be on Sunday, December 13.

Everton 0 – 1 Manchester City

Manchester City (2W 2D 1L) came up with a big win on the road against hosts Everton (2W 2D 1L), whom they leap-frogged in the standings. Millie Bright (25′) opened the scoring with a header on a lovely cross from Caroline Weir. Gemma Bonner (26′) doubled the lead almost immediately on a header of her own, from who else but Weir, this time from a corner.

The headers, and amazing passes from Weir, were not done quite yet though. Janine Beckie (45′) ended City’s half with a 3-0 lead as she put away a great cross from Weir. Australian International, and ex-Thorn, Hayley Raso was her trademark “constant motion” self, seeming to be everywhere, but could not break through.

Caroline Weir put on a master class in the midfield in only 65 minutes, as she was subbed off for another USWNT player in Samantha Mewis. Three assists in two-thirds of a match is a job well done I would say (here comes that City bias).

City move into fourth place (15 points) and will host the league’s highest scoring club (33GF) in Arsenal on Sunday, December 13. That same day Everton now fifth (14 points) will travel to Birmingham City.

FA Women’s Super League Table

1Manchester United Women86201971220
2Arsenal Women86113362719
3Chelsea Women75202251717
4Manchester City Women84312181315
5Everton Women84221711614
6Reading Women8242912-310
7Birmingham City Women8305913-49
8Brighton and Hove Albion Women8224615-98
9Tottenham Hotspur Women8134917-86
10West Ham United Women8116923-144
11Aston Villa Ladies6105314-113
12Bristol City Women7025531-262

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