In Arsenal Women’s first game since Pedro Martinez Losa’s departure, they were 2-0 winners over Everton Ladies thanks to goals from Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead.
Everton Ladies, still looking for their first win of the season, came out firing against Arsenal Women. Claudia Walker and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk had early chances but Arsenal keeper Sari Van Veenendaal was not troubled by their efforts.
Beth Mead had two good chances to put Arsenal in front but Dan Turner’s strong tackle stopped her first effort before a great save from Everton keeper Lizzie Durack. The deadlock was broken in the 22th minute through Vivianne Miedema. After several twists and turns in the box, she fired the ball into the top corner to put Arsenal in front.
Everton attempted to find an equaliser but a strike from Megan Finnigan went wide and Walker’s shot forced another save from Van Veenendaal.
Arsenal went in search of more goals and were nearly 2-0 up after Jordan Nobbs’ free-kick. It was well struck from Nobbs but Durack made an excellent save.
The home side began to apply pressure on Arsenal and almost had their reward. Two minutes before half-time Everton had the ball in the net and thought they were level but the goal was disallowed for a foul on Van Veenendaal. Despite being a goal down and second from bottom in the table, Everton were playing very well and making sure Arsenal didn’t have it all their own way.
Dan Turner had Everton’s first chance of the second half but her left-footed shot sailed over the bar. Goalscorer Miedema’s volley from a corner was fantastically tipped over the bar by Durack who was doing all she could to keep her side in the game.
Chloe Kelly, on loan from Arsenal, had a chance to equalise for Everton but her left-footed strike was just wide. Everton continued to push for the equaliser with Turner crossing for Kelly, who couldn’t get there just in time, before another cross was cleared.
Arsenal finally doubled their lead through Beth Mead in the 78th minute. Mead’s long range volley caught Durack off guard and she then fumbled the ball into her own net. After an excellent performance for the majority of the game, it was a very unfortunate goal for Durack to concede.
Arsenal Women are 4th after their 2-0 win while Everton Ladies are 9th and still waiting for their first point of the season.
Arsenal Women Starting XI: Van Veenendaal, Rose, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, O’Reilly, Nobbs, Van de Donk (Carter 85), Evans (James 66), Mead, Miedema (Janssen 78)
Unused substitutes: Moorhouse, Scott, Hinds, Taylor
Everton Ladies Starting XI: Durack, Boye-Hlorkah, Turner, Brougham, George, Finnigan, Chance (Munsterman 82), Brett (James 56), Sweetman-Kirk (Worm 56), Kelly, Walker
Unused substitutes: Levell, Bryson