FAWSL Review on Women's Soccer United

The English FAWSL 2014 season kicked off this week and it did not disappoint! We round up week 1’s Women’s Super League action.

The league officially kicked off on Wednesday 16 April as Birmingham City hosted Everton and Notts County took on Arsenal. Check out the day one round up. On Thursday, it was Liverpool v Manchester City and Bristol v Chelsea Ladies in action, here is the day two round up.

WSL Week 1 Matches

Birmingham City Ladies 0-0 Everton Ladies

Birmingham and Everton played to a 0-0 draw, despite the end to end action. David Parker had made a few changes with the younger players, perhaps in preparation for this weekend’s crucial UWCL semi-final match. Watch video highlights of Birmingham City 0-0 Everton Ladies.

Birmingham City (4-4-2): Spencer, Sargeant, Harrop, Mannion, Carter, Carney, Moore, Torkildsen, Simpkins,(Potter 61) Keryakoplis (Linnett 46), Wilkinson (Allen 46).
Subs not used: Lawley, Brown, Baggaley, Haines.
Bookings: None
Red Cards: None

Everton (4-2-3-1): Brown-Finnis, Murphy, Whelan, Johnson, Greenwood, Chaplen, D Turner,(Magill 77) Handley, K Jones Hinnigan, Parris.
Subs not used: V Jones, Whipp, George, M Turner, Walsh, Hayes.
Bookings: None
Red Cards: None

Notts County LFC 1-1 Arsenal Ladies

Arsenal Ladies came from 1-0 down to draw 1-1 against Notts County. After Arsenal’s recent form and the amount of key players that transferred out of the club, questions are being asked about their aspirations. It was the Gunners that looked more in control in the second half and were unlucky not to go ahead when Kelly Smith’s free-kick hit the crossbar. Watch Notts County 1-1 Arsenal Ladies video highlights.

Notts County: Carly Telford, Rachel Corsie, Desiree Scott, Dunia Susi, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Amy Turner, Katie Hoyle, Sophie Walton, Jess Clarke, Sophie Bradley, Katie Holtham

Arsenal Ladies: Emma Byrne, Casey Stoney, Yukari Kinga, Danielle Carter, Shinobu Ohno, Leah Williamson, Kelly Smith, Rachel Yankey, Emma Mitchell, Alex Scott, Christie Murray

Liverpool Ladies 1-0 Manchester City Women

The much anticipated contest between title holders Liverpool Ladies and Manchester City Women, who despite are new to the league, have made an impact building a strong title contending squad. The game was an extremely close contest both team’s creating opportunities. Watch video highlights of Liverpool Ladies 1-0 Manchester City.

Liverpool Ladies: Libby Stout, Martha Harris (Becky Easton 69), Gemma Bonner (c), Lucy Bronze, Corina Schroder, Fara Williams (Hannah Dale 88), Katrin Omarsdottir, Gemma Davison, Amanda Da Costa, Kate Longhurst, Natasha Dowie.

Subs not used: Danielle Gibbons, Ellie Stewart and Ashley Hodson.
Bookings: none
Red cards: none

Manchester City Women: Andrea Worrell, Steph Marsh, Steph Houghton (C), Chelsea Nightingale, Emma Lipman, Krystle Johnston (Natasha Flint 81), Jess Holbrook, Jill Scott, Betsy Hassett, Isobel Christiansen, Toni Duggan.

Subs not used: Alex Brooks, Kim Turner, Nicki Harding & Lynda Shepherd.
Bookings: Johnston, Nightingale, Holbrook.
Red cards: none.

Bristol Academy 0-2 Chelsea Ladies

Yuki Ogimi helped Chelsea get their FA Women’s Super League 2014 season off to great start with a 2-0 win over Bristol. Despite some chances created by Bristol, the match was comfortably won by the blues. Watch Bristol Academy 2-0 Chelsea Ladies video highlights.

Bristol Academy: Mary Earps, Sophie Ingle, Corinne Yorston, Jasmine Matthews, Natasha Harding, Frankie Brown, Loren Dykes, Natalia Pablos Sanchon, Angharad James, Jemma Rose, Grace McCatty

Chelsea Ladies: Marie Hourihan, Laura Coombs, Gilly Flaherty, Laura Bassett, Emma Wilhelmsson, Eniola Aluko, Hannah Blundell, Jackie Groenen, Ji So-Yun, Danielle Buet, Yuki Ogimi

WSL Week 1 Attendances

A huge number of fans gathered to watch the opening matches of the Women’s Super League totalling over 5,000 people! The highest attendance was at Notts County who played hosts to Arsenal Ladies and attracted 1,583 to the stands.

Highest to lowest:

1,583 – Notts County-Arsenal
1,572 – Liverpool-Man City
1,313 – Bristol-Chelsea
657 – Birmingham-Everton

Total attendances for the opening matches: 5,125

FAWSL Leading goalscorers after week 1

1. Yuki Ogimi (Chelsea) 2 goals
2. Natasha Dowie (Liverpool) 1 goal
2. Jess Clarke (Notts County) 1 goal
2. Alex Scott (Arsenal) 1 goal

FA WSL 1 – League standings (18 April 2014)

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Upcoming fixtures:

The Women’s Super League 1 continues this Sunday 20 April, among the fixtures is the very exciting game Chelsea Ladies v Liverpool Ladies! Here is a reminder of the full 2014 FAWSL fixtures.

 

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