Arsenal Women continue good form with 1-0 win over Everton to keep pressure on second-placed Manchester City in WSL1

WSL Match Report

Arsenal continued their good run of form as they kept their sixth consecutive clean sheet as they beat Everton 1-0 at Meadow Park on Friday.

On the scoresheet for Arsenal was Beth Mead who has also been in a purple patch of form, scoring four goals in her last three games.

Also, making her return to the side after a lengthy spell out due to injury Kim Little captained the home side.

The win helps Arsenal Women keep up with Manchester City Women and Chelsea Ladies who sit five and six points above Arsenal in 2nd and 1st place.

Mead began to find her range after about 10 minutes when she got a shot off from inside the box which just went wide.

In a first half mostly dominated by Arsenal, it would be the some side to have the next chance. On her return, Little almost got herself on the scoresheet with a shot from outside the box but Everton keeper Lizzie Durack saved.

Mead then opened the scoring just before half-time after bringing the ball down with her chest and blasting the ball home after Lisa Evans found her with in space with a cross near the penalty spot.

Everton almost found their way back into the game on the stroke of half-time through Mollie Green.

She stole the ball of Danielle van de Donk in midfield before trying her luck from range having seen Sari van Veenendaal off her line, luckily for the Arsenal ‘keeper she was able to back-peddle quickly enough to tip the ball onto the crossbar and recover in great fashion.

Van Veenendaal was called into action early in the second-half too and was able to make a good save to deny Olivia Chance who was got in behind the Arsenal defence.

After scoring a screamer against Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, Dominique Janssen tried another effort from outside the box against their Merseyside rivals but didn’t quite get the same result.

Dan Carter could have doubled the hosts’ lead after some good link up play with Evans in the box but her shot from the edge of the six-yard box went straight at Durack who did well to react.

Substitute Lauren James came close to scoring Arsenal’s second goal late on as she drifted in from the left and turned her marker nicely, but her shot could only fly over the bar.

The win takes Arsenal back into 3rd place, two points above Liverpool but the gunners remain five points behind Manchester City who they play next on March 14th with the chance to close the gap between the sides.