FA Women's Super League Week 4
Aston Villa vs Arsenal
Maz Pacheco and Villa were in for a tough test against one of the title contenders in Arsenal. Anna Pattern started on the bench for Arsenal whilst Pacheco remained in the starting 11 for Villa at left back following her great start to the season. Maz was named in the Barclays Team of the Week for her dazzling performance against Brighton last week and was looking to continue her impressive run of games. She didn’t disappoint as Villa remained resilient in the first half whilst testing Arsenal’s determination. However, the Gunners finally broke the deadlock in the first half resulting in 4 goals for them. Pacheco had an effort in the second half too, as her long-range free kick just went over the crossbar.
Manchester City vs West Ham United
FORTE’s pair of Irons Mel Filis and Lois Joel were both on the bench for a challenging game against Manchester City. City dominated possession and had 20 shots at West Ham’s goal, but it was the Hammers who put away their chances and ended up scoring first. Mel Filis came on as the Hammers scored in the final few minutes to seal their extraordinary win over struggling City. West Ham move to 5th place just below Manchester City and of the top 4.
Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
Molly Pike and newly promoted Leicester were looking for their first win of the season against Tottenham but struggled to get on the ball as Spurs dominated possession. Following 22 shots at Leicester’s goal, the final score ended 2-0 to the away side. However, the Foxes and Pike have played some good football in their first campaign in the Super League but face another tough test next week against champions Chelsea.
Birmingham City vs Manchester United
Alessia Russo was back in the starting line up for United after nearly a year following her hamstring injury in late 2020. On the other side, Emily Ramsey was given the green light by her home club Manchester United to be allowed to play for her loan team Birmingham City. Russo looked very lively with her powerful runs, great hold up play and exciting movement. However, Ramsey and the Blues were solid defensively and had the best chance of the first 25 mins. After dominating possession, Leah Galton broke the deadlock by slotting away a close-range goal past Ramsey. During her return, Russo was unplayable at times by easily beating players and was unlucky to not score as Quinn blocked one of her shots during her man of the match performance at centre back for the Blues. Ramsey made a superb reaching save to keep the match at 1-0 but this wasn’t enough as United managed to secure the win with a great second goal and move up to 4th place.
Manchester United's upcoming star, Alessia Russo helps up goal scorer Leah Galton.
Written by Zak Byskup