Ah, Bank Holiday weekends. The times in the British calendar where time stands still and The Sportist slightly forgets its blogging obligations. Oops. If it’s of any defence at all, in this writer’s mind, this is actually about 3pm on Sunday afternoon, so your women’s football roundup is actually coming to you early. And do we get any gratitude for our efforts? I suspect not. Tsk.
The FA WSL
Last week ‘was one of those interminable early season weeks where absolutely no league action took place’. And this week has been exactly the same. It’s all getting rather dull to be honest, and there is something a tiny bit ridiculous about a league season which began on April 14th having given us only 5 league fixtures to date. Sigh. Thankfully things will get moving tomorrow with an early season crunch clash, Arsenal beginning their defence of the WSL title against a Liverpool side they narrowly saw off in the FA Cup Semi Finals. In what is becoming an annual tradition, the game will be played at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium with high hopes of an attendance well into the thousands. Tickets are a fiver on the door with concessions available, with the match representing a rare occasion in Britain to see women’s football played in a landmark stadium.
This week also sees league action with Lincoln hosting Everton, Bristol Academy facing Doncaster Belles, and Chelsea providing a second away trip to London for Liverpool by the time next week’s football roundup goes up. That’ll be more like it.
The Continental Cup
With the league out of action and the FA Cup on hiatus until the final later this month, action was consigned to the Continental Cup which enjoyed no fewer than five matches this week. The major excitement came in Everton’s 2-1 win over a Chelsea side who have impressed in their early season encounters, the home side’s victory sealed deep into injury time by captain Jill Scott after Toni Duggan’s first-half strike for Everton had been cancelled out by Sofia Jakobson’s smart finish just after half time.
Elsewhere, Liverpool, Birmingham and Lincoln notched up victories, while Bristol Academy were beaten twice at home in three days to hit something of a stutter after beginning the season in fine nick.
Bristol Academy 0 – 2 Birmingham
Lincoln 1 – 1 Arsenal
Liverpool 1 – 0 Doncaster Rovers
Bristol Academy 0 – 1 Lincoln
Everton 2 – 1 Chelsea
Image from thefa.com – Thanks!