Arsenal’s Jennifer Beattie has won the Women’s Super League Goal of the Month for April for her stunning 30-yard strike against Bristol Academy.
The Scottish international defender took the first ever award with 37 per cent of the vote following several days of online voting at the WSL’s Facebook page, just two per cent ahead of Chelsea midfielder Dani Buet who scored a sublime 35-yard lob over the head of Doncaster Rovers Belles keeper Helen Alderson.
Buet’s team-mate Ashlee Hincks was third with 14 per cent, one per cent ahead of Birmingham’s Karen Carney, while
Liverpool’s Cheryl Foster won one per cent of the vote for her goal in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Merseyside rivals Everton in their first game of the season.
Beattie spoke exclusively to Women’s Soccer United after Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers Belles at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, and when asked about the win said: “I found out this morning, I’m over the moon about it!”
The strike, which secured all three points for the Gunners with a 1-0 win at their Borehamwood ground, was so good, it will be remembered for years to come.
Asked about the goal, Beattie added: “I just remembered seeing Chappers’ effort earlier in the first half, and I saw the ball was moving around a lot, and that any opportunity we had to get a good strike it would probably go in.”
Beattie was also this week called up to the Scotland squad to face France on May 18 at Stade Brestois’ Stade Francis Le Blé with Arsenal team-mates Julie Fleeting and Kim Little, and will be keen to avoid a similar result to their last meeting in the Cyprus Cup earlier this year when France ran out 3-0 winners.
Arsenal face Bristol twice again this month, first in their final WSL game at the Stoke Gifford Stadium on May 12, before the break for the Women’s World Cup in Germany, and again nine days later in the FA Women’s Cup Final at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on May 21.
Asked if we could see a repeat of the wonder goal in the final, Beattie added: “I’ve been trying ever since, but I’ve not been successful yet.”