Report: Blues Women 2-0 Arsenal Women
Blues Women beat table toppers Arsenal in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors came into the game unbeaten in the league this season, but an early goal from Libby Smith set the tone for the game.
Darren Carter’s side were in buoyant mood and doubled their lead just before the break through Player of the Match Veatriki Sarri.
Carter made two changes to the side that lost to Leicester City before the Christmas break, one of which was enforced. Marie Hourihan missed out through injury and was replaced in between the sticks by Emily Ramsey. The other change saw Lucy Quinn replace Lucy Whipp.
Blues started on the front foot and went ahead inside three minutes. Lucy Quinn robbed Vivianne Miedema of possession in midfield and played the ball through to Smith. The striker kept her composure and fired beyond Manuela Zinsberger.
Continuing to cause problems for the Arsenal backline, Sarri worked space on the edge of the area but her effort just went over the bar.
It was then the Greek midfielder who was on hand to score Blues’ second. Jamie Finn found space down the right and played a low cross into the middle; the ball eventually worked its way to Sarri who fired into the top corner.
Half-time: Blues Women 2-0 Arsenal Women
Carter’s side continued in the similar fashion to the first-half. Miedema broke down the right, beating Ramsey to the ball, and cut the ball back for Kim Little, but Gemma Lawley threw her body on the line to deny the Scottish international.
Blues then countered quickly through Sarri, she weaved in and out of several Gunners’ challenges before firing a low effort towards goal. Zinsberger could only parry it into the path of Quinn, but Beattie recovered to get in a crucial block.
Then, it was Jade Pennock who came closest. A low cross was played into the feet of the forward, but again Zinsberger was equal to it.
It was Smith’s first goal for the Club that set Blues on the way to their first BFAWSL victory of the season.
Blues climb to 11th in the table, overtaking Leicester City, following the impressive victory against the league leaders. 11 games remain in the BFAWSL campaign.
Blues Women (3-4-3): Emily Ramsey, Gemma Lawley, Louise Quinn (captain), Harriet Scott, Jamie Finn, Christie Murray, Veatriki Sarri, Rebecca Holloway, Lucy Quinn, Libby Smith (Sarah Ewens 90), Jade Pennock.
Substitutes not used: Lucy Jones, Abbi Jenner, Abi Cowie, Mikayla Wildgoose, Lucy Whipp, Lisa Robertson, Louanne Worsey, Eleanor Ryan-Doyle.
Bookings: Scott 85, Lucy Quinn 90.
Arsenal Women (4-3-3): Manuela Zinsberger, Noelle Maritz, Jennifer Beattie, Simone Boye (Lotte Wubben-Moy 63), Katie McCabe, Jordan Nobbs, Kim Little, Frida Maanum, Mana Iwabuchi, Beth Mead, Vivianne Miedema.
Substitutes not used: Fran Stenson, Teyah Goldie, Viktoria Schnaderbeck, Lia Walti.
**Bookings: **Iwabuchi 60, Miedema 79.
Referee: Lucy May.
Blues are back in league action next weekend as they make the trip to face Manchester United, managed by former Boss Marc Skinner.