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Good evening. The FA women's super league resumed this weekend and
after a fascinating first half of the season, we are all set for what
should be another thrilling race to become champions. The defence of the
title at Chelsea they fought so hard to win begins here and now.
It's the new girl, she's off and running and so are the champions.
Chapman has added Chelsea's third. It is a significant and positive
start to the defence of their league title for Chelsea.
Early-season meeting between two of the big guns. Manchester City and
Arsenal. What a throw. What a save. What a finish!
Arsenal against Chelsea, always heated. That's awkward. Kirby has
scored for the second time this season and this will be a mighty
blow to Arsenal's title hopes already.
Manchester City make it five wins from five. What an incredible start
to the season! The WSL match of the season so far.
Stokes, and Manchester City have a priceless lead. Did that cross the
line? The answer is no. Jennifer Beattie celebrates and Chelsea are
in real trouble, Manchester City in control of this game and the title
race. This is how things stood heading into the weekend. Defending
champions Chelsea sat four points behind Manchester City, albeit with
a game in hand. City are undefeated and still yet to concede a goal. We
are joined by two get to know a thing or two about keeping a clean
sheet, Casey Stoney and a Rachel Brown-Finnis. We will see how
Manchester City got on against Liverpool later in the show, but we
begin with Arsenal, who are looking to get their title bid back on track
against Sunderland. Early-season defeat to Manchester City and
Chelsea have raised questions over Arsenal's title credentials once
again. It's been four years since the club last lifted the WSL title
and this season saw a reunion with the manager who took them to that
success. The Gunners came away from the first match with a 1-1 draw. And
it may serve as a reminder of past glories, but Pedro Martinez Losa
will be hoping his current charges will be able to push on from their
FA Cup success at Wembley and build some amendment the league. Could
they start with a victory against Sunderland? Your commentator was
Robyn Cowen. COMMENTATOR: Six weeks after lived in the FA Cup for the
16th time they hope it will bring life to their stuttering Premier
League campaign. Pedro Martinez Losa makes four changes. Carter, who
scored a spectacular winner, dropped to the bench, along with Kelly
Smith. They are replaced by Corredera and van de Donk. Still no
place in the squad for the injured Jody Taylor. Sunderland still
without a league win this season, they make one change to the side
beaten narrowly by Chelsea before the international break. Staniforth
is out and Furness returns to the starting XI. Carlton Fairweather's
side already made the trip to Borehamwood this season. They were
thrashed 7-0 by Arsenal in the semifinals of the FA Cup. They will
be looking for a different result this time round. Van de Donk, ball
out towards Asisat Oshoala. Alex Scott making the overlapping run.
Williams with the clearance for Sunderland.
Not cleared properly, here is van de Donk! 1-0 to Arsenal. What a start
by Pedro Martinez Losa's side. Within two minutes the Gunners have
taken the lead against Sunderland. Van de Donk with the cross in and
did it just take a Mick off Stephanie Bannon? -- a nick. An
early on goal, a gift from Sunderland to Arsenal, 1-0. Fara
Williams. Asisat Oshoala showing her pace.
She's got options, and it's another own goal! And its Stephanie Bannon,
again. Asisat Oshoala high-5s Natalia. Aiming for the Spaniard as
she tried to fire this across, and Bannon the unfortunate player once
again to put the ball into the back of the net.
Rows with the long ball over the top. -- Rose.
Losada. Natalia, 3-0 to Arsenal. They are absolutely tearing the
Sunderland defence apart here. Losada showings on wonderful
technique there. A slight deflection into the path of Natalia, who had a
very easy task of putting it in. Asisat Oshoala. Once again showing
up clean pair of heels to Williams. Here is Scott. Asisat Oshoala again.
Losada. Corredera. So close to four for Arsenal!
Penny for his thoughts at the moment. Losada once again getting
into space. Natalia with too much time to turn and Corredera so close.
Bannon. Chaplen. Bannon goes in, loses out in the challenge. Losada
with a meat chip. Natalia! She doubles her tally for the afternoon.
-- with a neat chip. A defence splitting chip and Natalia showing
great technique. When it rains, it pours.
Arsenal looking to add to their lead further. Here is van de Donk now.
Hayley Sharp didn't deal with it. Too much space for Corredera.
Losada. Bannon put it behind for a corner kick.
Once again, Sunderland players standing off. Pedro Martinez Losa
very satisfied with his side's display at their first game back
from the international break, and Arsenal once again looking to add to
their tally. Away by Sharp, and Furness, and
smacked into the bottom corner. Janssen gets in on the act and it is
now 5-0. Took a slight deflection on the way. Janssen hits it off the
face of Rachel Furness. Arsenal just can't stop scoring.
Sunderland with a rare attack. Williams. Looking for Mead. Does
well. Finds Roche. So close, Roche. Arsenal continued to try and get the
ball away, eventually they do. Stephanie Roche, she opened her
account against Chelsea in their last league game. So close to her
second there. Here is Beth Mead, a neat turn by
Mead, and a terrific finish! Last year's young player season of
thought year award winner gets the consolation for Sunderland. They
finish on a high, but it has been a frustrating afternoon for Carlton
Fairweather's side. I noticed you spend quite a bit in -- of time in
the changing room, what did Carlton say? He told us we need to take the
positives from the game, that we weren't good enough in the first
half and we need to get that right otherwise we will be in trouble. We
can't put a hand on exactly what's going wrong at the minute. If we
could do that, I'm sure we'd change it quickly. If we can get ourselves
in a position where we can score goals and get in front, that will
always give us a chance. Death is not firing yet on all cylinders,
even though she scored today. -- Beth Mead. If we can get more
players to help her in that department, then we'll get to where
we need to. Do you think this could be the catalyst you need to spur
your season on? It has been up and down so far. Yes, we will keep
going. The main thing is what we can do on the pitch, the performance. I
think in the last two months we have been really consistent, playing good
football. The players believe, which is a most important part, after the
FA Cup. I think now the rest of the season, we will see the best Arsenal
possible. A convincing win for Arsenal, is there a genuine belief
you can compete for the title now? I think so. I think we have made it
very difficult for ourselves with the points we dropped in the first
half of the season, but if we can do what we did in the first half
yesterday for the rest of the season in every game, consistently for 90
minutes, it is important to keep it going. A lot of the attacks on the
right in the first half. Asisat Oshoala in particular. She shows
what she is capable of. She won the young Player of the Year for a
reason. If you look at these clips here, in wide areas, where she can
isolate a full-back and go one-on-one, I wouldn't want to be
the left-back in these positions. She pushes it has pleasant shoes
that quick. You look and you think it is a really heavy touch by Asisat
Oshoala, but she's that quick, she can give you five or ten yards and
still beat you in a race. I think her pace causes problems. She's
strong, quick, direct, she gets away from players and you can't defend
against that if you don't have the pace to cope from it. That final
ball from Asisat Oshoala wasn't quite perfect for her. But her
speed, Williams needs to get tighter or get on her bike and start
running. She does neither and Asisat Oshoala gets in behind her. Good
covering from Hayley Sharp. The left-centre after that quite a bit.
But finally, the rewards for Asisat Oshoala, gets in behind, picks
out... Bannon gets the old girl -- on goal but Furness with the finish.
You said Vicky Losada impressed as well? Everything good about Arsenal
yesterday came through Vicky Losada, she was quality, quick feet. She has
such composure about her. When we see her pick up the ball, both in
the defensive part of the field, she can drive with the ball. The quality
of that ball, as well. You must see some things in training. She's your
team-mate, what she like? One of the best technical players. Her vision,
her away in and -- are awareness, she is so calm. I have to be honest,
when I saw this, I thought if she is putting it through my legs in the
box I am probably giving away a penalty. Honestly, she is talent.
Look at this. Someone else is turning backwards, she's not, she's
playing forward at every opportunity. For me, I think
everything positive we do seems to go through her, she's that good. She
has the workrate as well. It didn't quite work out for her. She gets up
and what did she do? Please forward. A beautiful well crafted scoop over
the line and a simple finish the Natalia. Moving on to Sunderland, 12
points after seven games this time last season. Now three points after
the same number of games, where is it going wrong? Second season
syndrome. I think they took everyone by surprise last year. Beth Mead got
a lot of goals. I fill sorry for the moment, an isolated figure. I feel
sorry for her but at the same time, I pass over to Rachel because she
watched the game and analyse that. In the first half, they backed off
and they let Arsenal play. In the second-half, 4-0 down, they put
players up and did not allow Arsenal easy possession. We see how many
bodies had forward. A loose pass from the goalkeeper. There are
Sunderland players around and they get a shot on goal. Finally, long
ball from the Sunderland goalkeeper. Good hustling around Emma Mitchell.
I've players against five which we did not see in the first half and
they get their rewards, in behind. A couple of defensive errors, I am
going to highlight Casey and she knows better and she should not go
to ground. She skips around and does well to pick out Beth Mead,
beautiful feet, had -- fires it, beautiful goal. Slightly
disappointing not to keep a clean sheet! Yes, it was most frustrating,
we would keen to keep a clean sheet and be defensively sound and I
should not have gone to ground. I think we have to be better in
defensive areas and keep a clean sheet to go for the title. Look at
badgers the City conceded one goal, it is important to tighten up at the
back. -- Manchester City for. Williamson was injured in Seattle,
how big a blow is that? It is a massive blow, she is a young player
and she has had Robbins with her ankle before but players come back
stronger from injuries and she will return biting -- problems. She has
an old head on young shoulders and we wish her well. Next, to the
Academy Stadium. Manchester City faced a Liverpool side who in the
first half of the season with the only team to take points from City.
Over 2,000 fans have it at the Academy Stadium to see if the
leaders Manchester City could maintain their unbeaten start to the
FA WSL season but Rosie wide fired Liverpool into the lead after four
is minutes. It was the first goal conceded by City in the league this
season. Nick Cushing's side and -- responded well, Tony Duggan inches
away from converting Ross's cross. In an end to end game, Liverpool
came close to extending their lead. Caroline Weir watching her effort
beat Karen Bardsley, but not the crossbar. Liverpool were the first
team to deny the league leaders a goal in FA WSL this season in May
but the pressure told. After one hour, she reformed chamber could
only invert the cross on the roster for the equaliser. Having had the
assist, Alex Scott was keen for her side to push on and get the
equaliser. The hosts were looking to stretch their lead but 81 macro
denied this chance on this occasion. The citizens were joined from Ajax
and they showed what they would bring to the Super League. This
delivery met by Jill Scotland Chamberlain again with a stunning
save. And with two minutes to go, Nick Cushing said on Megan Campbell,
causing havoc in a frantic finale, but Chamberlain was again on hand as
the Reds held on for a well earned point.
More frustrated by the goal that went in rather than the saves, it is
nice to make saves but I would rather the ball was down the other
end. It is a difficult place for anybody, not many people can pick up
points so that is a massive positive.
Well deserved point for Liverpool, blowing the title race open in two
games, the only team to take points from City. Siobhan Chamberlain,
outstanding for the report and they help -- and she helped them to earn
the point. She is right, not many teams take points away from City so
it makes for an exciting second half to the FA WSL season. Casey Stoney
disappointed to concede the first goal after six clean sheets. They
pride themselves on a clean sheet and they did not want to concede but
looking at goal, too many cooks. Three players around the ball. Rosie
does well and has one thought, to go for goal. Three players around her
thinking somebody else will do it and nobody picks the decision to
take control and it is a cool finish. Positive result. A lovely
waited touch into the box meant it was a simple finish. Rachel, you
noticed that Manchester City have a weapon in the form of Megan
Campbell. Irish international, on and quantity. We should take a look!
Yes, she calls have at! Two minutes before the end of big aim, not sure
she kicked the goal -- kicked the ball. Long throw, we have the BDI
from the studio. It could be against the rules, back foot going got. But
40, 50 yards throw. The goalkeeper makes a save from a throw in just
inside the Manchester City half and it is the same on the second. Yes, I
would not want to be defended against this, it is a weapon. Impact
substitute, gone and creates two goal-scoring opportunities. Such a
range of movement in her shoulders from her swimming days, it is a
real, something hard to deal with. It is especially quality. Is
swimming the key? I think so, definitely. Manchester City
inflicted a 6-0 defeat in Doncaster in their final game before the
break. When Harris was in charge but the team arrived at Notts County
with a new manager at the helm. Doncaster secured promotion back to
WSL under the guidance of Glen Harris last season. But the bells
have struggled on the return to the top flight. Manchester City
Dushmantha as a City scored six but they could easily have had ten
today. Bottom of the league without a point, they have replaced Harris
with assistant first-team coach Emma Coates. She was previously head
coach of lead United reserves before joining The Belles in 2013. It is an
honour to get the role in such a prevalent club within the women's
game. We have got our philosophy how we played, we do not want to impose
that on players it does not fit. We have to make the philosophy of The
Belles and the players gel together in a way to complement both. It is
about our confidence to play the game we know we can.
Her immediate challenge was to engineer the club their first points
of this year's WSL campaign, made more difficult when The Belles
failed to clear their lines from this free kick, allowing Rachel
Williams the fire Notts County in front. But Doncaster were level
eight minutes later. Carla Humphrey unchallenged before hitting the ball
to Sigsworth, going beyond Carly Telford. She ran onto the bench to
celebrate with her new manager. Notts County lost goalkeeper Carly
Telford the injury at half-time and the frustration continued after the
break. The Australian international giving the hosts the lead. The
breakthrough came courtesy of Ellen White. The probing ball picked up
the England international who calmly lobbed Hobbs to make it 2-1. And it
nearly got better for County. Rachel Williams denied her second of the
game by the foot of the post. Doncaster showed resilience and
endeavour but failed to create many more opportunities and while this
free kick was the closest they came to an equaliser, their wait for a
point continues. The results will follow and it is a
good building point for the rest of the season.
So Doncaster struggling and they remain bottom of WSL without a
point. Plenty of hard work ahead for Emma Coates and her side. Manchester
City top but champions Chelsea have two games in hand on the laid of --
on the leaders. Doncaster under new management, you know Glen Harris
well, what you make of his departure and the timing? It is as sorry state
for women's football, three games for the top three teams. You do not
expect results immediately and to get sacked after three games going
into the break, it does not give him time to bet his loss of the end get
the players working with him. The players liked working with him and
it is a shame for the club and for him especially. What do you make of
it? Doncaster have just gone up and they have got a long-term plan.
Sauve Glen Harris to be sacked after three games does not seem to make
any sense. Coates has a big job to do, she needs a quick response from
this group of players who are not her players, to get points on the
board. Because Will they only give her three games and make changes?
She is only 25, will the lack of experience be an issue? Of course,
she has no experience as a first-team manager but it is up to
her to sink or swim and she has no other option. To do justice to this
Doncaster team, to stand up and be counted. Emma is only the third
female manager in the league after Emma Hayes and Kellie Chambers, how
significant is that? It is big for female coaching but you will be
judged on your results. If she loses another two after playing one and
losing one, is she allowed another game #.
If they get relegated, she will be judged on that. Hopefully she will
have success, the players need to respond but great to have another
female in the game. Not many transferred except Birmingham who
have been the busiest. Jane Moore has left, is that surprising? It
does not surprise me, I have heard of unrest. Birmingham have lost two
quality senior international players. It does not surprise me
they will bring get a host of international foreign players. To
replace those two. Players who, yes, from Frankfurt and Paris
Saint-Germain, quality clubs, but it will take time to get used to WSL
one and they are not household names in world the menopause Mac football.
What will they miss in Jo Potter and Joanne Moore? Two massive players.
-- in the world of women's football. She gets Birmingham moving forward.
She is Hungary and passionate, on the front foot. This is a massive
tap. She has no right to win that and she straightaway gets Birmingham
on the back foot. They will miss her in midfield and she has quality on
the ball. I do not think she gets enough credit for how good a player
she is. She links up so well. With Jo Potter
and the likes of Remy Allen in midfield. Waking up that trio of
players. Jo Pollitt -- Jo Potter has a quality left but, she scores,
fantastic corners. -- left foot. Our driver into the top left-hand
corner. Two really quality players Birmingham have lost. Just enough
time briefly switch focus to FA WSL 2. Aston Villa were looking to get
back to winning ways against London Bees. But there was callous play at
the back from the hosts. But Katie Wilkinson's stunning
second-half free kick rescued a free kick for the balance. -- the
villains. Both the sides safely in mid-table.
Yeovil Town stayed top after a 2-0 win at Durham. Watford scored their
first win of the campaign after as a prize 2-1 defeat of Everton. Rachel,
disappointing? Yes, Everton stumbled yesterday. I watched it on fold on
Twitter. Really disappointed to drop points against a team they should
not, even though it was a Watford bottom of the week. If Everton won
the fight for promotion, you have to beat teams like Watford. Very
quickly, any favourites for promotion? I know that Yeovil Town
is top but I put my money on Bristol, they have seen it is done
it and they have got good on loan signings. That is about it, we will
be back on July 11 with the best of the action from the battle of the
Blues after defending champions host Birmingham. 11:15 p.m., BBC Two.
Thank you to Casey and Rachel. Manchester City's dropped points
mean Arsenal close the gap at the top of FA WSL after their star
performance against Sunderland. Goodbye for now.
MUSIC: What A Wonderful World by Joey Ramone
# I see trees of green... # Just look at that.
The world we live in is beautiful to look at
but it's even more beautiful to understand.