WSL Week 2 Round-up
West Ham United Women vs Aston Villa Women
In one of the tightest games of the weekend, Maz Pacheco arguably had a performance that warranted the player of the match award. 19-year-old rising star Mel Filis made her second start and played a full 90 for West Ham in their midfield. The Hammers scored first to give them an early lead but as the game went on, Aston Villa with the help of Maz put more and more pressure onto their opponents. Lois Joel, another FORTE player came on and looked threatening as she starts to build confidence after a slight niggle. Villa scored a stoppage time equaliser as the match finished 1-1 in a thrilling contest.
Birmingham City Women vs Brighton & Hive Albion Women
Emily Ramsey had a lot of work to do in the Birmingham goal and managed to make some saves during their loss to Brighton, one of which was a superb save off of a powerful freekick in the first half. However, Emily’s resilience in goal wasn’t enough as Brighton went on to win, but Emily earned another 90 minutes and plenty to learn from going forward.
Leicester City Women vs Manchester United Women
In this interesting contest, Molly Pike started for Leicester City in the center of the Leicester midfield whilst Alessia Russo started on the bench for Manchester United. Molly was very unlucky not to score as United’s goalkeeper made a terrific save after her first-time powerful effort. Russo came on during the second half for some more minutes after coming back from injury and looked impressive again as United edged out Leicester. With their second win of the season, Manchester United and Russo are third in the table level on points with the leaders.
Reading Women vs Arsenal Women
Lily Woodham started against a red-hot Arsenal at left back. She managed to contain some of Arsenal’s attacks, but it proved too much for Reading as the Gunners scored 4 to win the match. Anna Pattern came on for Arsenal early in the second half at right back to lead the Gunners to a comfortable win and move them to second of the table with equal points to first place Brighton.
Molly Pike in action for Leicester City Women's against Manchester United Women's