Matildas Central: Arnold saves, Foord & Kerr score

by Ben Somerford on Sep 14, 2020

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Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord both got on the scoresheet in the English Women’s Super League but Mackenzie Arnold starred for West Ham and Indiah-Paige Riley scored in Denmark.

Mackenzie Arnold produced a series of fantastic saves on a busy afternoon as West Ham United were thrashed 9-1 by Arsenal in the English Women’s Super League on Saturday.

The Matildas back-up goalkeeper was left exposed numerous times by West Ham’s defence but saved well including a superb 10th minute reflex save from Vivianne Miedema’s deflected shot and a fine double save in the 31st minute.

Emily van Egmond was a half-time substitute for the Hammers who trailed 4-1 at the break.

Steph Catley started at left-back for Arsenal but had to be replaced in the 19th minute after a hefty collision from Gilly Flaherty.

Arsenal have since updated that the substitution was merely precautionary and Catley will be able to train as normal during the week ahead of next weekend’s matches.

Caitlin Foord came off the bench to score her first goal of the season, after two assists last weekend.

Foord netted in the 86th minute, tapping home into an empty net after Lisa Evans unselfishly squared the ball for her with Arnold committed in a one-on-one scenario.

Sam Kerr had another difficult afternoon in front of goal but got on the scoresheet late in Chelsea’s 9-0 victory over Bristol City on Sunday.

Kerr was involved in plenty of positive link-up play in attack and hit the crossbar with a 75th minute header but only found the back of the net in the 86th minute.

The Matildas skipper, who’d had a 22nd minute curling shot saved and a 70th minute toe poke smothered, was played into the box, beat a defender and fired home to make it 9-0.

Kerr played a full game, along with Chloe Logarzo and Ella Mastrantonio for City.

Hayley Raso and Alanna Kennedy faced off as Everton edged Tottenham 1-0 on Sunday.

Raso, who started and played 90 minutes, had two early chances saved for Everton, while in her starting debut, Kennedy put in a full shift for Spurs in a midfield role.

Kennedy had a 72nd minute header from a corner go narrowly in pursuit of an equalizer.

Kyah Simon and Amy Harrison both made their starting debuts for PSV Eindhoven as they started their Dutch Eredivisie Vrouwen’s season with a 2-1 win at Heerenveen on Sunday.

Simon put in a full shift in attack, while Harrison was replaced after 61 minutes in midfield.

Mary Fowler started and played 74 minutes against Laura Brock (nee Alleway) as Montpellier defeated Guingamp 2-0 in the French Feminine Division on Friday.

Brock made her league starting debut and played a full game on the left side of defence.

Ellie Carpenter was an unused sub as Olympique Lyon won 3-0 at Stade de Reims on Friday.

Indiah-Paige Riley came off the bench to score in Fortuna Hjorring’s 3-1 win at Nordsjaelland in the Danish Elitedivisionen on Sunday.

Riley came on in the 61st minute and netted to make it 3-1 in the 85th minute.

Hannah Bacon was a 74th minute substitute as AGF lost 4-1 ay home to Koge on Saturday.

Clare Polkinghorne and Katrina Gorry both started as Avaldsnes missed a chance to close on leaders Valerenga after a 0-0 draw in the Norwegian Toppserien on Saturday.

Polkinghorne played a full game while Gorry started and was replaced after 85 minutes.

Teagan Micah played the full 90 minutes in goals as Arna-Bjornar won 2-1 over Kolbotn. Nicola Orgill started and played 78 minutes for Kolbotn.

Beattie Goad put in a full shift as Meppen blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Turbine Potsdam in the German Frauen Bundesliga on Sunday.

Emily Gielnik started and played 76 minutes as Vittsjo won 2-1 at Linkoping in the Swedish Damallsvenskan on Sunday.

In the Icelandic Urvalsdeild Women, Laura Hughes played a full game as Throttur drew 2-2 with FH, while Angela Beard put in a full shift as struggling KR went down 5-0 to Selfoss.