15/04/2024
Sam Kerr made her first appearance of the 2023/24 WSL season {IMAGE: Instagram - samanthakerr20]

Sam Kerr made her first appearance of the 2023/24 WSL season {IMAGE: Instagram - samanthakerr20]

There were impressive performances, first starts of the season and plenty to work with for the plethora of Aussies who turned out in Matchday Two of the 2023/24 Women’s Super League Season – here is the recap from the second matchday.

Arsenal (2-2 away draw with Manchester United):

Caitlin Foord

Foord played 31 minutes off the bench in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw to Manchester United at Leigh Sports Village Stadium. She had two shots in the match from left-wing and looked lively when she came on but was unable to get on the scoresheet as Arsenal endured its worst start to a season in 10 years.

Steph Catley

Catley picked up an assist and put in a solid performance from left wing-back for Arsenal; her assist put Arsenal in the lead in the 14th minute. A left-footed ball in behind the Manchester United defence saw Swedish striker, Stina Blackstenius, through on goal; she calmly placed the ball into the bottom-right corner with a right-footed finish.

Kyra Cooney-Cross

Cooney-Cross did not make her second WSL appearance as she was an unused substitute in the match. She looked on as Arsenal scored a 93rd minute equaliser to earn a point in the match.

Brighton & Hove Albion (2-0 home loss to West Ham United):

Charlie Rule

Rule once again came off the bench for Brighton and played 33 minutes at left wing-back in the Seagulls’ 2-0 loss to West Ham United. She created one chance and was solid defensively with two grounds duels won at 100 per cent, as well as four recoveries; however, she did not get on the ball as much as she did in matchday one.

Mackenzie Hawkesby

Hawkesby’s WSL debut was delayed for another week after she was an unused substitute in the match.

Chelsea (1-1 away draw with Manchester City):

Sam Kerr

Kerr made her first appearance of the season as a half-time substitute for Emma Hayes’ side in their 1-1 draw away to 10-player Manchester City. The striker almost grabbed the winner for the Blues late in the match with a headed effort from 10 yards which struck the right-hand post in a sign of what she can bring once fully fit.

Everton (1-0 away loss to Leicester City):

Clare Wheeler

Wheeler came on as an 88th minute substitute for Everton in its1-0 loss away to Leicester City. The midfielder managed seven passes, two of those into the final third, as well as two recoveries in her limited minutes on the field.

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Leicester City (1-0 home win over Everton):

Courtney Nevin

Nevin played 70 minutes before she was substituted in Leicester City’s 1-0 home win over Everton. Her side moved to the top of the ladder following the win, where Nevin put in a hard-working shift at left-back with 59 touches, three clearances and four recoveries, although she was dribbled past once and dispossessed on one occasion.

Remy Siemsen

Siemsen is still out with an ankle injury and will miss the next four to five weeks.

Liverpool (2-0 home win over Aston Villa):

Teagan Micah

Micah was the back-up goalkeeper, once again, to Rachael Laws, in Liverpool’s 2-0 home win over Aston Villa. The win moved Liverpool up to 2nd on the ladder, while Micah’s wait for her WSL debut continued.

Manchester City (1-1 home draw with Chelsea):

Alana Kennedy

There was late heartbreak for Kennedy in her side’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea as the Cityzens conceded in the 95th minute to draw 1-1 with the Blues while Kennedy was off the pitch with cramp, waiting to come back on, with her side down to nine players already. The centre-half was a shining light in the City team, however, with her defensive efforts almost leading City to victory – she recorded 13 clearances, 11 recoveries and won six out of eight duels in a solid 90-minute defensive performance.

Mary Fowler

Fowler played 45 minutes for City in the match – her start marked the first time she had started back-to-back matches for a club side in one-and-a-half years. She put in an electric performance up front with an assist within the opening seven minutes after she played a ball to Chloe Kelly, who found the back of the net from range.

West Ham (2-0 away win over Brighton and Hove Albion):

Mackenzie Arnold

Arnold kept West Ham’s first clean sheet of the season in their 2-0 away win over Brighton and recorded three saves to help her side do so. The West Ham skipper saved an effort from Elisabeth Terland which was aimed at the top-left corner, as well as another block to deny Madison Haley in the final 10 minutes to secure victory for the Hammers – the ‘brick wall’ lived up to her name.

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