Dan Burke·25 March 2023
Dan Burke·25 March 2023
After Arsenal’s thumping victory over rivals Tottenham earlier in the day, Manchester United also won big in the Women’s Super League.
Here’s what happened.
Scorers: Zelem (PEN) 52′, Garcia 65′, 90+1′, Ladd 84′
Manchester United went top of the Women’s Super League courtesy of a comfortable victory over West Ham at Old Trafford in Saturday’s late kick-off.
The first big chance of the match fell to Manchester United’s Alessia Russo in the ninth minute, but the striker was unable to get a proper connection on a good cross, and the opportunity went begging.
The deadlock was broken from the penalty spot early in the second half. Russo was brought down in the box by Hawa Cissoko, and Manchester United captain Katie Zelem fired the resulting penalty into the top corner.
It was soon 2-0, when Ella Toone found substitute Lucía García with a pass over the top and the Spaniard finished superbly.
It was an 84th minute goal from Hayley Ladd which put the result beyond doubt, with the midfielder finishing tidily into the corner after Ona Batlle’s cut-back.
And there was still time for García to get her second, when she tucked away a rebound after Martha Thomas had forced Hammers goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold into a good save.
That win leaves Marc Skinner’s side a point ahead of Chelsea at the top of the table, although the Blues have two games in hand.
Scorers: England (PEN) 39′; Blackstenius 5′, Foord 29′, 70′, Little (PEN) 66′, Maanum 76′
Arsenal are up to third in the Women’s Super League after a comprehensive victory over north London rivals Tottenham in Saturday’s derby at Brisbane Road.
The Gunners made a dream start when a Leah Williamson pass from the back pierced through the Spurs defence, and Stina Blackstenius charged onto it before lashing in at the near post for an early goal.
The second goal came in the 29th minute, when Caitlin Foord was given encouragement to run at the Spurs defence, and she punished them by firing a wicked low shot from distance in off the post.
But Spurs pulled a goal back 10 minutes later, when a penalty was awarded for a Katie McCabe handball. Bethany England stepped up and coolly slotted away for 2-1.
However, it was also a penalty which enabled Arsenal to re-take a two goal lead just after the hour mark. Amy Turner brought McCabe down in the box, and captain Kim Little fired her spot-kick emphatically into the top corner.
And it was soon 4-1, with Foord firing in her second of the afternoon after a cross found her unmarked at the back post.
The fifth goal came in the 76th minute, when Spurs lost the ball cheaply in midfield, and Frida Maanum was given time and space to pick her spot from distance, with her shot beating goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela with the aid of a deflection off Molly Bartrip.
That result leaves Vicky Jepson’s Spurs ninth in the table, while Arsenal are now two points behind league leaders Chelsea, with the Blues taking on fourth-placed Manchester City on Sunday.