Football, huh? To think we’re back already. It’s almost like it’s never been away. Which with them there European Championships and all that jazz, I guess it really hasn’t. But even if it hasn’t been away, it’s sure as hell back. A Sportist apology to kick things off though; this roundup really should have been up last night, but wasn’t due to technical difficulties. Said technical difficulties being…well…being at football. Sorry!
The FA WSL
Looking back at our midseason review, the first half of this season really did kick up a few major surprises, not least the presence of perennial table foundations Liverpool at the top of the table and champions of every season ever, Arsenal, somewhere near the bottom. So it could hardly have been a more appropriate for the season to restart with the former hosting the latter.
Liverpool, you may recall, utterly thrashed Arsenal at the Emirates towards the beginning of the season, inflicting a 4-0 defeat on the defending champions. This time around, with Shelley Kerr’s methods more instilled in her Arsenal charges, the Gunners went some way to redressing the balance with a 3-0 victory of their own. Of course, this couldn’t be a post-Euros match without some sort of reminder about what went wrong, and Jordan Nobbs’ two goals either side of Alex Scott’s strike left an entire nation questioning why, exactly, Hope Powell didn’t give her a single minute in England’s doomed Euro 2013 campaign.
Sunday’s three matches, meanwhile, saw Chelsea, Bristol Academy and Birmingham City picking up three points against Doncaster Rovers Belles, Everton and Lincoln respectively.
Chelsea’s utter hammering of the Belles inspired by a brace from England forward Eni Aluko, particularly, seemed a cruel blow at the resumption of the season, with John Buckley’s charges having lost their appeal against demotion to the newly-formed FA WSL 2 in the 2014 season. Bristol Academy, meanwhile, were the big beneficiaries of the weekend’s matches emerging as sole league leaders on the back of Liverpool’s defeat, their 3-2 victory away to Everton coming virtue of a pair of own goals and a Natasha Harding strike in the 20th minute.
Liverpool 0 – 3 Arsenal
Chelsea 4 – 0 Doncaster Rovers
Everton 2 – 3 Bristol Academy
Lincoln 1 – 2 Birmingham
In media news, this weekend saw the launch of BT Sport who, of course, are carrying all the FA WSL coverage for the remainder of the season. Frankly, due to significant personal commitments, I’ve only managed to catch highlights of a single WSL match so far. It remains to be seen exactly how much profile the new broadcasting upstarts offer to their women’s sport coverage, but we’ll say this to begin with: not a bad start.
Image from thefa.com – Thanks!!