Caitlin Foord is making herself indispensable at Arsenal, with one other aim capping the in-form Matilda’s newest high-quality show at Liverpool within the Gunners’ 2-0 Ladies’s Tremendous League win.
- Matildas star Caitlin Foord scored her fourth WSL aim of the season to guide Arsenal to victory
- Mary Fowler got here on late for Manchester Metropolis and solely performed for 18 minutes of their win
- Katrina Gorry helped West Ham to a 2-1 win over Bristol Metropolis to help their combat in opposition to relegation
Foord sealed Arsenal’s victory on Sunday (Monday AEDT) with a pointy piece of opportunism, nipping into the field forward of a few defenders to fit house her left-foot shot from Alessia Russo’s low cross for the 69th-minute clincher.
The 29-year-old is probably not probably the most prolific of scorers — it was solely her fourth aim of the WSL season — however she has been on the coronary heart of a lot of Arsenal’s greatest attacking work for months, with this being her 14th direct involvement in a aim in her previous seven league matches.
It got here 9 minutes after Dutch celebrity Vivianne Miedema, who had sat out 312 days with an ACL ligament damage earlier than making her October return, netted her first aim for 13 months at Prenton Park with a terrific long-range strike.
It meant Arsenal are nonetheless on the tail of Chelsea within the hunt for the title, simply three factors adrift of the champions, who continued life with out the injured Sam Kerr on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Brighton.
Manchester Metropolis are maintaining their problem too on the identical factors complete as Arsenal, after incomes a 2-0 win at Tottenham, however they’re doing it with no need a lot assist from their star Matilda, Mary Fowler.
Fowler, who has misplaced the beginning place she loved in the beginning of the season after a high-quality World Cup, was once more given solely a 15-minute cameo off the bench after she changed Metropolis’s star striker Khadija Shaw with the factors already successfully wrapped up.
After Tottenham defender Amy Turner’s personal aim gave Metropolis the lead, Shaw netted her thirteenth aim of the marketing campaign after the break — placing her clear as soon as once more forward of Chelsea’s Lauren James within the race for the Golden Boot because the season’s main scorer — with a thumping strike.
Spurs, with Australian Charli Grant of their ranks, keep sixth after their four-match successful run ended.
Katrina Gorry was purchased by West Ham to help their battle in opposition to relegation, and the Australian once more made her presence felt with one other vital shift because the Londoners’ key midfield engine, serving to them to a significant 2-1 win at fellow relegation contenders Bristol Metropolis.
The win, additionally aided by Matildas’ keeper Mackenzie Arnold’s efforts, pushed the Hammers three factors away from Bristol on the backside of the desk.
Elsewhere, Nikita Parris’s double for Manchester United of their 2-1 victory over Aston Villa will ease the strain on head coach Marc Skinner, who has confronted calls from followers to get the sack.
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