15/04/2024

Mackenzie Arnold celebrates West Ham's win. (Image: WSL/Twitter)

It was another busy week in football for our women overseas. The Inner Sanctum breaks down five of the best moments of the last week.

It was another busy week in football for Australian women overseas. The Inner Sanctum breaks down five of the best moments of the last week.

Mary Fowler

Following a career making Olympics and a standout performance against Ireland, Fowler has brought her international form to the French league.

Montpellier was unable to snatch a point against Fleury 91, but Fowler provided a moment of magic.

After coming on as a substitute, she gathered a bouncing ball on the edge of the 18 yard box. She was unable to control it with her first touch, but the following moments were nothing short of mesmerising.

Showing the flair that she is becoming known for, she shaped to shoot but twisted left, then right with some clever footwork.

The eventual shot was low and along the ground into the far corner of the net. It was another addition to her increasingly growing list of highlights.

Caitlin Foord

Foord has largely been a squad player for Arsenal since joining, but has made the most of her chances when given them.

New manager Jonas Eidevall shares a similar philosophy as Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson about lineups. The finishing 11 is as important as the starting team.

Against Tottenham in the FA Cup Quarter Final, Foord scored a brace in a 5-1 win.

For her first she got on the end of a move involving Mana Iwabuchi and Nikita Parris. She met a low pass at the near post to flick it home past the keeper in style.

Beth Mead sent in a curling pass for her second. Foord timed her run perfectly and finished with a single touch to extend Arsenal’s lead.

On the weekend, Foord came off the bench for the 4-0 win over Emily Gielnik’s Aston Villa, while Steph Catley started for the Gunners.

Although Arsenal’s attack is effectively a fantasy side of international attacking talent, the Matildas’ number nine has the ability to be effective with whoever is on the field.

She can play as a centre forward or on either flank, and even off the bench is remaining an important player in this rampaging Arsenal squad.

Ellie Carpenter

The Matildas’ star defender is known for schooling strikers, but has evidently been taking lesson of another kind herself.

Ellie Carpenter has improved rapidly and constantly since her move to France, proving that she has adapted to the high pressure environment.

Following the 3-0 win over Hacken in the Champions League she showed that she is adapting off the field just as well.

In the post match coverage, she performed her first full interview in French. Carpenter has long acknowledged her ambitions to learn the language and embrace the local surroundings.

The footage was a delight to her fans who have been following her career for years. It was a nice moment from a young player who is still continuing to surprise and impress.

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Mackenzie Arnold

Arnold was the difference in the WSL match between West Ham and Manchester City. The Matildas custodian made seven saves in the Hammers’ second win in a row.

Tameka Yallop started on the field for West Ham as they travelled to face City. A 2-0 victory resigned the Manchester giants to their third league loss in a row. Arnold was impassable in an outstanding display.

City’s much feared attack was minus the injured Hayley Raso, but despite creating a series of chances could not beat Arnold.

Another international window is fast approaching and Arnold put her hand up for selection with a best afield performance in England.

Sam Kerr

Kerr plays, Kerr scores. It is a pretty simple formula. In the past week she has scored three times in three games across three competitions.

In the F.A cup against Brighton, Kerr came off the bench to break the deadlock with a typical bullet header.

In the WSL against Birmingham, she raced onto a long lofted ball from Fran Kirby. It took running into the path of an onrushing goalkeeper but she headed the ball home.

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Behind her lay the collateral damage of the keeper and centre back, who collided in an effort to prevent the inevitable.

Her best moment of the last week came in the early hours of Thursday morning. In the Champions League against Wolfsburg, she latched onto another long ball from deep.

She used her pace to sprint onto Ji’s pass and then clipped the ball over the top of the the goalkeeper with one perfect touch.

Kerr is a player not known for her finesse, but delivered one of her best goals in a Chelsea shirt.


The German side must be tired of the sight of Kerr. It was her third goal against Wolfsburg in as many meetings.

The result of the match was dramatic but not as perfect as the goal. Chelsea had to settle for a 3-3 draw in a spectacular contest.

Despite the result, from an Aussie perspective, it was well worth setting the alarm for.

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