Carter and Mead help Arsenal overcome Yeovil
Two goals each for Danielle Carter and Beth Mead gave Arsenal a 4-0 win over Yeovil.
FA WSL 1 match
14:00, Sunday 11 February 2018
Boreham Wood FC
Arsenal Goal Scorers: Carter 34',70', Mead 48',85'
Two goals each from Danielle Carter and Beth Mead saw Arsenal beat Yeovil Town 4-0 and move above Liverpool into third in the FA Women's Super League 1.
Mead’s burst into the box and cut back allowed Carter to open the scoring with the Arsenal forward on the scoresheet after the break when she curled the ball in.
The third came on 70 minutes, Carter heading Lisa Evans’ cross in at the back post with Mead adding her second five minutes from time by tapping home from close range.
Carter 37, 71, Mead 48, 85
Yeovil Town 0
Arsenal (4-3-3): Sari Van Veenendaal; Lisa Evans, Louise Quinn, Leah Williamson, Emma Mitchell; Jordan Nobbs, Dominique Janssen, Danielle Van de Donk; Danielle Carter, Beth Mead, Katie McCabe
Substitutes: Heather O’Reilly for Williamson 28, Alex Scott for Evans 71, Anna Filbey for Mitchell 80,
Substitutes not used: Alex Scott, Kim Little, Anna Moorhouse, Lauren James,
Bookings: None, Red cards: None
Yeovil Town (4-5-1): Megan Walsh; Hannah Miles, Nicola Cousins, Gemma Evans, Leah Burridge; Charlotte Buxton, Rachel Hignett, Jessie Jones, Annie Heatherson, Kelly Aldridge, Ella Pusey
Substitutes: Thierry-Jo Gauvain for Hignett 77, Megan Robinson for Buxton 84, Harriet Lambe for Pusey 91
Substitutes not used: Beth Howard, Taylor Beales, Libby Piggott,
Bookings: None, Red cards: None
Referee: Sarah Garratt, Attendance: 740
Carter was a threat from the flanks, forcing Yeovil’s Megan Walsh into a fine save, and Leah Williamson had a header cleared off the line by Charlotte Buxton.
Jessie Jones made one crucial block for the visitors but after testing Walsh twice from range, Mead run and pass on 37 minutes gave Carter an easy finish to break the deadlock.
A mazy run from Mead saw her double Arsenal’s advantage with a fine bending effort with Carter heading home Evans’ cross for the hosts’ third on 71 minutes.
And the victory was wrapped up when Jordan Nobbs’ free-kick was parried by Walsh and Mead was on hand to tap home Arsenal’s fourth of the afternoon.
GOAL OF THE MATCH
Carter, after scoring the first, fed Mead in the box and with her back to goal she managed to turn the Yeovil defender.
She switched left and right before bending a fine right-footed shot beyond the full-length dive of Walsh and into the corner of the goal.
WHAT THEY SAID:
Beth Mead said: “Today was always going to be a tough game and the first half we were a little bit sloppy. We had to tidy it up, and it was nice to get the goal to help the girls settle down a bit.
“Sometimes you have to be unselfish, and if it falls for somebody else then you’ve got to help the team out, so I put the ball across for Danielle for the first goal.
“We knew we hadn’t been good enough first half, and that we had to improve, and we did that second half and showed everyone how good we are, and the Arsenal way.”
Megan Walsh said: “It was a difficult day, but we’re proud of that performance. We dug in deep and we didn’t stop running, so we’re really proud of it.
“I think we were in the game at 60 minutes, but it just hit us, we were chasing so hard. We kept going, we didn’t stop and that’s the main thing for us.
“The first game (against Arsenal last week) let us know what they’re about, what they try and do, so we’ll be better prepared for the next game coming up.
Yeovil Town’s task doesn’t get any easier as they welcome Chelsea to the south-west on Wednesday with Arsenal in SSE Women’s FA Cup action again against Millwall on Sunday.
Yeovil boss Jamie Sherwood added: “What a great way of learning, playing these teams. For us, as staff, it’ll be a different challenge as well, to make sure the players are ready for Chelsea.
“But for the players, playing against the likes of Karen Carney, Millie Bright, Gilly Flaherty, what a learning environment we’re giving these players.
“Our performances show that we’re supporting them because they come in week in week out and they give us a performance they can be proud of.
Mead added: “Starting from now we’ve got to recover again, get our heads back in that FA Cup mode again, and train well this week and get another good result this weekend.
“We put a lot of pressure on ourselves, we want to be in these finals, so the FA Cup is a big tournament for us.
“It’s one that everyone wants to be in the final of, myself included. I’ve never been in one before, so there’s a lot of us striving for us.
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