Sunday 30 October 2016

Jodie Taylor delighted with return to action as Arsenal win

The Gunners beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 2-0 at home in the FA Women's Super League

FA WSL 1 match
14:00, Sunday 30 October 2016
Boreham Wood FC

Arsenal Goal Scorers: Taylor 65'

Arsenal and England striker Jodie Taylor was thrilled to put the frustrations of an injury-hit FA Women’s Super League campaign behind her, after two goals on her return to action were enough to down Doncaster Rovers Belles.

The 30-year-old was introduced on the hour with Arsenal in control, and broke the deadlock just six minutes later with a close-range finish from left-back Emma Mitchell’s cross

But Taylor was not done there as she struck home the loose ball after keeper Anna Moorhouse had blocked an Alex Scott shot to double her tally, and keep Arsenal’s slim chance of a Champions League place alive ahead of Chelsea’s evening meeting with Reading.

And after overcoming an ACL injury in her first season with the Gunners, Taylor dedicated the goals to her hard-working teammates.

“It’s been a frustrating year for me, but it was great to be involved today and especially to get on the pitch and score a couple of goals,” she said.

“Watching from the bench for the first hour of the game, I thought we were moving the ball a bit too slowly early on and needed to up the tempo.

“We were having the better of the play, but fair play to Donny they came with a game plan and did okay until the closing stages.

“The game was bound to open up a bit towards the end and I always thought we would create chances to get a goal or two.

“I was handed both of my goals on a plate, with good play from my team mates and I was just there to pick up the pieces.

“But after watching the whole season from the stands, it was a lovely way to make my debut.”

The bottom-of-the-table Belles meanwhile were level pegging for the first hour but again left Borehamwood empty-handed, with defender Rhiannon Roberts coming closest when she had a 34th-minute header saved by goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.

But one huge positive for Doncaster was the return of striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, who was also making her first appearance of the season after a complicated ankle injury.

“It’s been a tough year for me, really hard, but I’ve come through it a better person and hopefully I can become a better player too,” she said.

“It’s also been tough watching the girls in a season where nothing’s seemed to go right for us, and today was a typical example of that.

“We did really well in the first half, keeping Arsenal at bay with some good defending and creating one or two chances when we got forward.

“But errors then cost us for both goals, and we know that if you don’t take your chances and then make mistakes then top teams are going to make you pay.

“That’s exactly what happened and it means we now have to go into our last game of the season still looking for our first points.

“Hopefully I’ll be involved next week after getting some minutes today – I’m fit again, I feel good and ready to play my part.”

To buy tickets to an FA Women’s Super League match near you click here:

Arsenal 2

Taylor 66, 72

Doncaster Rovers Belles 0

Arsenal (4-1-2-3): Sari van Veenendaal; Alex Scott, Leah Williamson, Josephine Henning, Emma Mitchell; Fara Williams; Jordan Nobbs, Danielle van de Donk; Chloe Kelly, Danielle Carter, Katie McCabe.

Substitutes: Asisat Oshoala for McCabe, 60, Jodie Taylor for Kelly, 60, Dominique Janssen for Williams, 72.

Substitutes not used: Emma Byrne, Charlie Devlin, Riana Dean, Taylor Hinds.

Bookings: None

Red cards: None

Doncaster Rovers Belles (4-1-4-1): Anna Moorhouse; Sophie Barker, Rhiannon Roberts, Leandra Little, Mayumi Pacheco; Samantha Tierney; Carla Humphrey, Emily Simpkins, Kasia Lipka, Katrin Omarsdottir; Christie Murray.

Substitutes: Rachel Newborough for Omarsdottir, 57, Rebecca Raynor for Murray, 72, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk for Lipka, 81.

Substitutes not used: Nicola Hobbs, Marta Bakowska-Matthews.

Bookings: None

Red cards: None

Referee: Mr J. Smith

Attendance: 1,341