Matildas Central: Kerr scores in WSL, debuts galore

by Ben Somerford on Sep 07, 2020

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Matildas skipper Sam Kerr scored on the opening weekend of the new English Women’s Super League season while there were debuts for Steph Catley, Alanna Kennedy and Mackenzie Arnold.

Sam Kerr bounced back from her Community Shield horror show by scoring Chelsea’s goal in a 1-1 draw away to Manchester United in the English Women’s Super League on Sunday.

Kerr, who missed a host of chances in last week’s Community Shield, opened the scoring in the 25th minute from Fran Kirby’s pass.

The Matildas captain showed strength to beat her marker inside the box before converted low Kirby’s central pass.

However, Kerr also missed her chances, pushing a shot wide after some wayward United passing, before opposition keeper Mary Earps denied the Aussie too.

Steph Catley made her debut for Arsenal as they won 6-0 over Reading on Sunday.

Catley started at left-back and playing 69 minutes before being replaced.

Caitlin Foord came on as a substitute as Catley went off, playing 20 minutes off the bench.

Catley cannoned a 28th minute free-kick into the crossbar, while Foord rippled the roof of the net with a 74th minute curler.

Foord actually laid off the assists for Arsenal’s final two goals, to Vivienne Miedema and Jill Roord.

Elsewhere, Hayley Raso debuted for Everton a day after her birthday, playing 72 minutes in a 4-0 win at Bristol City on Sunday.

Chloe Logarzo and Ella Mastrantonio both played full games for Tanya Oxtoby’s side.

Mackenzie Arnold, Emily van Egmond and Alanna Kennedy all made their debuts as Tottenham drew 1-1 with West Ham.

Arnold played the full game in goals for the Hammers and saved well from Angela Addison, only for Spurs to score from the resultant corner.

Kennedy was a 68th minute sub for Spurs, while van Egmond entered the fray in the 54th minute for West Ham.

On the opening weekend of the French Feminine Division season, Ellie Carpenter made her long-awaited debut for Olympique Lyonnais in a 4-0 win over Paris FC.

Carpenter played a full game at right-back after not being used in Lyon’s UEFA Champions League run last month.

On Saturday, Mary Fowler started and played 64 minutes as Montpellier drew 0-0 at Fleury 91. Emma Checker was an unused sub.

Laura Brock (nee Alleway) made her debut a 56th minute substitute as Guingamp lost 4-1 at PSG.

In the Italian Serie A Women on Saturday, Isobel Dalton was a 46th minute substitute as Napoli lost 3-1 at Sassuolo.

In the German Frauen Bundesliga on Sunday, Beattie Goad put in a full shift as SV Meppen drew 0-0 at MSV Duisburg.

In the Dutch Eredivisie Vrouwen on Sunday, Kyah Simon and Amy Harrison’s PSV Eindhoven had their game against VV Alkmaar postponed after positive coronavirus tests within the PSV staff.

In the Norwegian Toppserien on Sunday, Nikola Orgill played 82 minutes as Kolbotn beat Lyn 1-0.

Clare Polkinghorne put in a full shift and Katrina Gorry started and played 83 minutes as Avaldsnes won 2-0 at Teagan Micah’s Arna-Bjornar on Saturday. Micah played a full game.

Karly Roestbakken played a full game as Lillestrom went down 1-0 to Rosenborg on Saturday.

In the Swedish Damallsvenskan on Saturday, Emily Gielnik played the full 90 minutes in attack as Vittsjo won 1-0 at Uppsala.

In the Danish Elitedivisionen on Sunday, Hannah Bacon started and played 86 minutes as AGF Aarhus lost 5-1 at KoldingQ.

Indiah-Paige Riley was a 78th minute substitute in a Fortuna Hjorring’s 1-0 loss at Koge

In the Icelandic Urvalsdeild Kvenna on Sunday, Laura Hughes started and played 70 minutes as Throttur lost 4-0 to Breidablik.

Angie Beard put in a full shift as her KR lost 4-2 to FH in a relegation battle.