FA WSL Review (Gameweek 3): Kerr and Mead Make Their Mark After Returns From Injury

Published on 16 October 2023 at 13:00

Manchester City Women may have moved to the top of the FA Women’s Super League table, but Beth Mead and Sam Kerr were the ones to truly steal the headlines after both contributed heavily to Arsenal and Chelsea’s wins over Aston Villa and West Ham respectively. 


Having been on the sidelines for 11 months due to a ruptured ACL which had forced her to miss the World Cup, Beth Mead helped inspire a tremendous comeback by Arsenal as two stoppage time goals saw them win 2-1 and record their first victory of this campaign. 


Reminding everyone why she is the all time top assist-maker in WSL history, Mead managed to find the feet of Alessia Russo with a short pass outside the area, before the 24-year old Summer signing from Manchester United found the back of the net in the dying seconds at the Emirates. 


Australian star Sam Kerr was also making her return from injury this weekend, and looked as prolific as ever as Chelsea comfortably beat West Ham at home. 


Kerr looked to have put the reigning Champions in front early on, but her effort was ruled out for offside. It didn’t take long until the 36th minute when the star striker headed home from Niamh Charles’ cross. The win is the 17th straight home victory for the Blues in the competition.


Whilst Chelsea’s win had momentarily put them at the top of the table, Sunday saw Manchester City run riot against Bristol City, in a 5-0 rout at the Joie Stadium.


All of the Cityzen’s goals came before the half time whistle, as braces from Roord and Shaw, as well as Aleixandri’s lone effort, saw Gareth Taylor’s women moved ahead of Leicester and Chelsea on their superior goal difference.


In the Merseyside derby, Liverpool saw their perfect start to the WSL season snapped by rivals Everton in a 0-1 loss. Captain Megan Finnigan proved to be the heroine at Anfield, as her header gave the away side the unlikely lead after a spell of Liverpool dominance, and ultimately giving Everton their first points of the campaign. 


In a crunch top half clash, Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City, who’ve maintained their unbeaten start to the season in the process. And in Sunday’s last remaining clash, Tottenham took all three points at Brighton, despite the home side grabbing an early goal and looking to cause an upset. 


By Jaspar Shepherdson 

(@jasparshepmedia on Instagram and X/Twitter)

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