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Women’s Super League (WSL) – Weekly Roundup – Week 4 – Part 1

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The 4th week of the Women’s Super League (WSL) has just concluded. With more teams battling at the top, each fixture becomes more and more important. We will take a look at what happened in the premier division of women’s football in England this week.

#1. Tottenham Hotspur Women vs Manchester United Women [0-1]

It would be fair to say that Tottenham had just one clear cut chance from open play and one from a set-piece in the entire game. It came when the ball fell to Rosella Ayane because of a poor back pass by Leah Galton. But the effort was skewed wide off the target. The game was heavily dominated by Manchester United. Tobin Heath and Katie Zelem were prolific throughout. Heath made several runs on the left flank and was found by Zelem on multiple occasions. Manchester United had many chances from cutbacks from Heath but failed to find the back of the net. Hayley Ladd and Katie Zelem had the pick of the chances but could not convert.

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The second half just had more of the same. But this time Manchester United did convert one of their chances. Tobin Heath’s cross was met by Millie Turner, whose header looped over the goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer. That ensured a victory for Casey Stoney’s side.

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#2. Brighton & Hove Albion Women vs Arsenal Women [0-5]

Hope Powell, manager of the month for September, went up against Joe Montemurro, whose side had not lost a WSL game this season. Powell’s Brighton did start well, with Denise O’Sullivan coming close to scoring. But it was Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal who opened the scoring. A casual dummy outside the box combined with a low and fierce strike at the near post gave Arsenal the lead. Arsenal scored another through Danielle van de Donk, who was assisted by a Caitlin Foord’s cut back from the right-wing.

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The second half had more goals in store. Jen Beattie made her way back from injury with a goal. It bore a striking resemblance to Turner’s goal from the previous game. Katie McCabe’s cross finished with a looping header over the keeper. Childhood Gooner Lotte Wubben-Moy got on the score sheet as well. Miedema displayed excellent running on the left-wing and then her cross was met at the far post by Wubben-Moy. Miedema rounded off the scoring with a close-range finish. Much credit goes to McCabe for her trickery in the box which led to the goal.

Vivianne Miedema has now scored 49 WSL goals in 50 games. She is one goal away from holding the record for most WSL goals. If all goes well for her, she should reach it soon enough.

#3. Everton Women vs West Ham United Women [3-1]

Everton were also looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season, and continue it they did. They quickly went ahead when Claire Emslie’s cross from the left wing was met with a composed finish by Nicoline Sorensen. She slotted the ball past the keeper despite the difficult angle. West Ham United seemed determined to not let the half get over without scoring. Kenza Dali scored with a low shot in the bottom left corner to level the game up before half time.

Lucy Graham scored probably the best goal of the week to put Everton in the lead once again. Izzy Christiansen’s lay off was met with a ferocious strike into the top left-hand corner. Graham scored once again in the match, not nearly in the same manner though. This time the ball was poked in at the far post to secure 3 points once again.

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We will cover the next three fixtures in Part 2 of this article, including Chelsea versus Manchester City.

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