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Arsenal Women 2-1 West Ham United Women

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Defending champions Arsenal get off to a winning start

Reigning Women's Super League champions Arsenal got the new season off to a winning start start as they narrowly beat a spirited West Ham.

Beth Mead put Arsenal ahead with a fine 18-yard strike into the bottom corner.

Debutant Jill Roord made it 2-0 as she fired the ball in first time from Mead's clever lay-off.

But the Hammers hit back through Martha Thomas' header while France striker Kenza Dali twice hit the woodwork in a tense final 10 minutes.

The Gunners were without last season's top scorer Vivianne Miedema, who was nursing a slight hamstring injury, with Mead occupying her role at the point of the Arsenal attack.

Having had the better of the first half Arsenal's Danielle van de Donk swept the ball over the bar from five yards out seconds after the restart as Arsenal, who now face Fiorentina in the Champions League on Thursday, looked as though they would dominate.

But West Ham got back into the game after Thomas scored and could have been level by the end.

Dali had a free-kick strike the post after deflecting off the wall with 12 minutes to go, while a mix-up between Katie McCabe and goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger saw the Austrian pick up the Irish defender's pass and Dali struck the crossbar from the resulting indirect free-kick.

The match also saw the return of Jordan Nobbs as the England and Arsenal midfielder came on in the second half for her first competitive game since suffering a serious knee ligament injury last November which forced her to miss this summer's World Cup.

She almost marked her appearance with a goal when her effort from the edge of the box drifted just wide.

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 20MaierBooked at 25minsSubstituted forQuinnat 90'minutes
  • 22SchnaderbeckBooked at 2minsSubstituted forNobbsat 67'minutes
  • 5Beattie
  • 15McCabe
  • 6Williamson
  • 14RoordBooked at 90mins
  • 17Evans
  • 10Little
  • 7van de Donk
  • 23Mead

Substitutes

  • 3Mitchell
  • 8Nobbs
  • 16Quinn
  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 26Grant
  • 27Filis

West Ham Women

  • 18Brosnan
  • 3SimonSubstituted forRedisch Kvammeat 72'minutes
  • 5Flaherty
  • 26Vetterlein
  • 11Baunach
  • 19LeonBooked at 44minsSubstituted forLehmannat 66'minutes
  • 20Cho
  • 23MiddagSubstituted forGalabadaarachchiat 57'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 12Longhurst
  • 21Dali
  • 9Thomas

Substitutes

  • 1Moorhouse
  • 2Redisch Kvamme
  • 4Hendrix
  • 7Lehmann
  • 15Galabadaarachchi
  • 24Kiszkis
Referee:
Stacey Pearson
Attendance:
1,795

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamWest Ham Women
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal Women 2, West Ham United Women 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 2, West Ham United Women 1.

Booking

Jill Roord (Arsenal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jill Roord (Arsenal Women).

Jacynta Galabadaarachchi (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, West Ham United Women. Conceded by Manuela Zinsberger.

Attempt saved. Kenza Dali (West Ham United Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Katharina Baunach.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Louise Quinn replaces Leonie Maier.

Back pass by Manuela Zinsberger (Arsenal Women).

(West Ham United Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Gilly Flaherty.

Booking

Jacynta Galabadaarachchi (West Ham United Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kim Little (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jacynta Galabadaarachchi (West Ham United Women).

Foul by Leonie Maier (Arsenal Women).

Jacynta Galabadaarachchi (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Kenza Dali (West Ham United Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jill Roord (Arsenal Women).

Jacynta Galabadaarachchi (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniëlle van de Donk following a fast break.

Corner, West Ham United Women. Conceded by Jennifer Beattie.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United Women. Cecilie Redisch Kvamme replaces Erin Simon because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Jordan Nobbs replaces Viktoria Schnaderbeck.

Lisa Evans (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kate Longhurst (West Ham United Women).

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United Women. Alisha Lehmann replaces Adriana Leon.

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kate Longhurst (West Ham United Women).

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Courtney Brosnan.

Attempt saved. Leah Williamson (Arsenal Women) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kim Little with a cross.

Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Erin Simon (West Ham United Women).

Leonie Maier (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Katharina Baunach (West Ham United Women).

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal Women 2, West Ham United Women 1. Martha Thomas (West Ham United Women) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erin Simon with a cross.

Foul by Beth Mead (Arsenal Women).

Cho So-Hyun (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Adriana Leon (West Ham United Women) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Kenza Dali.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United Women. Jacynta Galabadaarachchi replaces Tessel Middag.

Attempt missed. Martha Thomas (West Ham United Women) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kate Longhurst.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women11002113
2Chelsea Women11001013
3Everton11001013
4Man City Women11001013
5Reading Women11001013
6Brighton Women10100001
7Bristol City Women10100001
8West Ham Women100112-10
9B'ham City Women100101-10
10Liverpool Women100101-10
11Man Utd Women100101-10
12Tottenham Women100101-10
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