Matildas Abroad Review: Arsenal’s Tillies overcome North London rivals

Arsenal’s trio of CommBank Matildas helped defeat Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby in front of a sold-out Emirates Stadium crowd.

Meanwhile, Manchester City continued their impressive run of form, and West Ham’s revival marched on. 

Read our review of all of the action below.


Manchester City defeated a resilient Everton 2-1 on Saturday. Goals to Khadija Shaw and Lauren Hemp gave City the two-goal advantage before Hanna Bennison halved the deficit and set the match up for a tight finish. With 71% possession and 22 shots to 5, however, City were the deserved winners in the end.

Mary Fowler was City’s only substitution, entering the field of play with 10 minutes plus stoppage time remaining. That meant that Alanna Kennedy was an unused substitute. Meanwhile, Clare Wheeler played the full match for the Toffees.

Arsenal ensured the legion of home fans left a sold-out Emirates Stadium happy, squeezing past North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 1-0. A second-half goal to Alessia Russo proved the difference between the two teams in a result that sees the Gunners remain third, and well and truly in the title race.

Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley started the match for Arsenal on the left flank, while Kyra Cooney-Cross was a 74th-minute substitute. Charlotte Grant was an unused substitute for Spurs after the return of Ashleigh Neville at right-back.

Arsenal women celebrate their goal scored by Alessia Russo against Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Women s Super League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

Arsenal celebrate their goal scored by Alessia Russo against Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Women’s Super League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. (Photo: Adam Davy/PA Images via Imago)

It was a wild one at Ashton Gate in Bristol, with Brighton & Hove Albion defeating Bristol City 7-3. The Seagulls raced to an early lead before the home side gave themselves a chance, dragging it back to 4-3 in the 74th minute. However, Brighton would push away in stoppage time, with three late goals – one from Sydney FC alumnus Madison Haley – to push the score out to 7.

The result is another blow to The Robins who are now six points adrift of safety. For Brighton, Charlie Rule was unavailable, still recovering from injury.

Teagan Micah’s Liverpool pulled off a massive win against Aston Villa, prevailing 4-1. Their two-goal lead was halved by a Sarah Mayling penalty, but a second-half brace to Emma Koivisto made sure of the result for the Reds. They are now fifth, equal on points with Manchester United and have a real chance of overhauling their rivals come the end of the season. Micah was fit enough to return to the bench for Liverpool but was an unused substitute.

West Ham have continued their impressive run of form, earning a 1-1 draw against Manchester United. It was an even game that highlights how far the team has come from their early season form. A Rachel Williams goal gave United an early lead, but eventually, the Hammers equalised – Viviane Asseyi’s 85th-minute strike earning the Hammers a point.

Katrina Gorry started in midfield, while West Ham captain Mackenzie Arnold repelled six shots on target in goals.

Mackenzie Arnold (1 West Ham United) in action during the Barclays FA Womens Super League game between West Ham United and Manchester United, ManU at Chigwell Construction Stadium in London, England. (Jay Patel / SPP)

Mackenzie Arnold in action during the Barclays FA Women’s Super League game between West Ham United and Manchester United at Chigwell Construction Stadium in London, England. (Photo: Jay Patel / SPP via Imago)

Chelsea have bounced back from their loss to Manchester City before the international break with an emphatic victory, defeating Leicester City 4-0. Goals to Nathalie Björn, Mayra Ramirez, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd and Catarina Macario – on her return from long-term injury – helped the league leaders ease past the Foxes.

Courtney Nevin started the match for Leicester at left-wing, while Remy Siemsen was an unused substitute.


PSG eased past Le Havre 4-0 on Sunday. A Tabitha Chawinga brace was the highlight as they appeared largely untroubled against the midtable side. The result keeps them firmly in second, seven points away from the summit. Clare Hunt was an unused substitute.

Lyon survived a firm challenge from a resilient Dijon, a Sara Däbritz brace either side of a goal to Norwegian superstar Ada Hegerberg helping them to a 3-1 victory. It was game on when Dijon’s Léna Goetsch equalised to make it 1-1 in the first half, but Lyon’s 76% possession and 25 shots eventually overwhelmed the home side. Ellie Carpenter was an unused option from the bench for the league leaders.

Paris FC’s scheduled match was postponed due to disastrous weather conditions, meaning that Sarah Hunter will have to wait another week for another opportunity to take the pitch.


Kristianstads DFF continued their impressive pre-season form, defeating KIF Örebro 4-0. Amy Sayer picked up an assist and Clare Polkinghorne was also involved.

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