WSL highlights: Tottenham Hotspur Gals -2 Arsenal Women
The Women’s Super League group record was smashed for the 2nd time this year but the 38,262 followers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium saw Arsenal declare the north London bragging rights.
Scotland star Kim Minor and Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema’s 2nd-50 % targets gained the division’s very first derby in between the two sides to retain Arsenal a issue driving leaders Chelsea.
Both equally groups experienced produced good possibilities to take the direct amid a crackling environment, in what was the marquee activity of the Football Association’s inaugural Women’s Soccer Weekend.
The attendance considerably surpassed the 31,213 that viewed the Manchester derby at Etihad Stadium on the season’s opening weekend – and was extra than 7 times better than the file of 5,265 which stood prior to this expression.
The dwelling enthusiasts – whose facet had been assembly Arsenal in the prime tier for the initially time following Spurs’ promotion very last year – were being just about celebrating when striker Package Graham two times went near in advance of the break.
After a gradual commence, Spurs grew in self-confidence for the duration of the 1st 50 % and really should have led when ex-Charlton forward Graham was performed as a result of one particular-on-one, but she shot straight at Austria goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger.
Graham then nearly scored once again, hitting the publish with a great hard work from just exterior the box, before Arsenal’s Republic of Eire intercontinental Katie McCabe clipped the best of the crossbar at the other finish.
But immediately after the crack the Gunners asserted their control, dominating possession and making up some stress in advance of Minor broke the deadlock with a clinical end into the base corner and then Miedema’s shut-selection finish wrapped it up.
That despatched the absent supporters into raptures, with Arsenal possessing bought out their 3,000-robust allocation of tickets, building a scarce sight for the division – a packed, segregated section of celebrating absent aid.
Report crowd whole of sound for north London derby
The Gunners’ travelling numbers had been additional than three moments increased than very last season’s average crowd for the entire division over-all.
The residence fans produced plenty of sounds way too, as Spurs’ ladies played for the very first time at the club’s rebuilt Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The location was the major to ever host a fixture in the WSL – which commenced in 2011 – as it narrowly eclipsed the ability of the Gunners’ Emirates Stadium, which hosted Arsenal and Chelsea in the division in 2012.
In individual, the flag-waving, get together-like environment at half-time felt akin to the leisure on provide at the latter stages of the Women’s Earth Cup, as Sunday’s much-predicted game gave off the come to feel of a single of the most considerable of the period.
The end result also observed defending champions Arsenal preserve rate with their title rivals, though they slipped to third on aim-variance just after Male City’s 5- earn in excess of West Ham United, though Spurs – having fun with an if not amazing get started to the marketing campaign – remain sixth.