Sam Kerr was back amongst the goals as many Aussies starred for their clubs across the 2023/24 WSL and the Women’s League Cup – here is how each fared across Matchday Three.
Arsenal (2-1 home win over Aston Villa):
Foord put in a massive shift out wide for Arsenal in their dramatic 2-1 win over the Villans – two stoppage-time goals from the Gunners saw them prevail. The left-winger played the full 90 minutes and created three chances, one big chance and hit the woodwork once from four shots. Her work rate was exemplified by the 12 duels she won in the match, which was the most of any player.
Catley also played the full 90 minutes in front of over 35,000 fans at the Emirates. She created three chances from left full-back and passed with 89 per cent accuracy, helping the Gunners to their first win of the season.
Cooney-Cross was an unused substitute in the match. She once again watched on as Arsenal scored in stoppage-time for a second-consecutive week.
Brighton & Hove Albion (3-1 home loss to Tottenham Hotspur):
It was a tough outing for Rule in her first full start of the season for the Seagulls. She played the full 90 minutes but Brighton were unable to hold their 1-0 lead. Rule did, however, score the opener for Brighton in their 3-0 Women’s League Cup win over Birmingham City in mid-week and will hope to continue that momentum going forward.
Hawkesby was an unused substitute in the match and still awaits her WSL debut. She did, however, make her Brighton debut and played the full 90 minutes in the Seagulls’ Women’s League Cup win.
Chelsea (2-0 home win over West Ham):
Kerr made her second appearance and scored her first goal of the season in the Blues’ 2-0 win over the Hammers. She opened the scoring in the 36th minute thanks to a lofted header from the right to the far post. The striker played 78 minutes in a sign that she is building into the season following her injury.
Everton (1-0 away win over Liverpool):
Wheeler clocked her biggest minutes of the season – she was a 3rd minute substitute for the Toffees’ Lucy Hope – in Everton’s 1-0 Merseyside derby success, their first win of the season. She put in a shift at left wing-back with progressive passes, stout defence and press high up the pitch. Wheeler may be in line for regular starts with the knee injury for Hope. The Women’s World Cup squad member also played the full 90 minutes in midfield for Everton in the 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the Women’s League Cup.
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Leicester City (1-1 away draw with Manchester United):
Nevin once again clocked a full 90 minutes at left-back for Leicester in their 1-1 draw to Manchester United. Although she was yellow-carded in the 42nd minute, she put in a fiery performance. The defender worked hard with once chance created, four recoveries and interceptions, as well as two clearances as Leicester continued their unbeaten start to the season. She also came off the bench for the Foxes in their 2-1 Women’s League Cup win over Liverpool.
Siemsen is still out injured and will miss the next three to four weeks.
Liverpool (1-0 home loss to Everton):
Micah was once again second-choice to Rachael Laws in the Reds’ goal as Liverpool lost 1-0 in the Merseyside derby. She would get a chance to make her Reds’ debut in Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Leicester City in the Women’s League Cup, making three saves in the contest.
Manchester City (5-0 home win over Bristol City):
Kennedy was once again solid at the back for the Cityzens in their 5-0 win over Bristol City. The defender completed 114 passes at 91 per cent with 28 of those into the final third. She also had nine recoveries and did not commit a foul during the match. Kennedy also played 17 minutes in City’s 2-1 win over Everton in the Women’s League Cup.
Fowler’s danger and versatility was on full display as the youngster picked up two assists in City’s win. A left-footed cross from the right and another from the left found Khadija Shaw and Jill Roord respectively. Fowler also picked up an assist in her 73 minutes on the pitch in City’s 2-1 win over Everton in the Women’s League Cup.
West Ham United (2-0 away loss to Chelsea):
West Ham captain Arnold pulled off six big saves but was unable to stop fellow Aussie, Sam Kerr, as her Hammers side lost 2-0 to the Blues. Arnold played well but her saves were in vain.