Matildas pair Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley combined to open the scoring as Arsenal downed Alanna Kennedy and Mary Fowler’s Manchester City 2-1 in the English Women’s Super League on Sunday.
Foord, who formed such a good partnership at international level on the left side with Catley, held up the ball on the edge of the box before a clever left-foot lay-off allowed her teammate time and space.
Catley summed up the situation before unleashing a first-time left-foot finish into the top corner from inside the box.
Fowler was involved in the lead-up to City’s second-half equalizer, playing in Lauren Hemp down the left, before a scramble led to Chloe Kelly’s strike for 1-1.
Catley and Foord both started and played 90 minutes, substituted in stoppage time, while Kyra Cooney-Cross was an unused substitute. Kennedy and Fowler put in full shifts for City.
On Saturday, Sam Kerr benched for Chelsea’s 6-0 victory at Aston Villa in the WSL.
The Matildas only returned to their respective European clubs late in the week after beating Chinese Taipei 3-0 in Perth on Wednesday, hence why Kerr was left unused as Chelsea eased past Villa.
Elsewhere, Courtney Nevin put in a full shift for Leicester City at left-back as they lost 2-1 at Liverpool on Sunday. Teagan Micah was an unused sub for the Reds.
Clare Wheeler played a full game in midfield for Everton as they managed a 1-1 draw away to Tottenham on Sunday.
Charlize Rule was a 97th minute substitute for Brighton before they conceded a 98th minute equalizer in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United. Mackenzie Hawkesby was unused.
Mackenzie Arnold was in goal as West Ham United conceded three goals and suffered a shock loss to lowly Bristol City 3-2.
Arnold was beaten by a close-range header for Bristol’s first goal, before she arguably should’ve done better to hold a bicycle kick with her rebound leading to the second goal. The Matildas goalkeeper was also caught in the wrong spot from a free-kick allowing Brooke Aspin to head home the winner.
In France’s Feminine Division 1, Clare Hunt wasn’t in the PSG squad before their clash with Guingamp was postponed following heavy rain which meant the pitch was unplayable.
Ellie Carpenter put in a full shift at right-back only days after returning from Matildas’ camp as Olympique Lyon won 6-1 over Paris FC in a top-of-the-table clash on Sunday.
In Spain’s Primera Feminina Division on Saturday, Hayley Raso was absent following Matildas duty as Real Madrid won 1-0 at Eibar.
In Sweden’s Damallsvenskan on Sunday, Amy Sayer was a 62nd minute substitute in Kristianstad’s 1-1 draw with Rosengard.
Katrina Gorry and Clare Polkinghorne both played full games as Vittsjo won 1-0 over Norrkoping for whom Chelsie Dawber was a 46th minute substitute. Aivi Luik played a full game as Hacken lost 3-2 at Hammarby.
Emily van Egmond was another one of the Matildas to depart the camp earlier in the week with her NWSL club San Diego Wave due to face OL Reign in the semi-finals on Monday morning Australia time.
24 hours from now a sold out crowd of san diegans will be cheering on their club in a playoff semifinal
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