Sunday 29 October 2017

Miedema and Mead strike as Arsenal defeat Everton

Goals in each half gives visitors a first league win on the road this season

FA WSL 1 match
14:00, Sunday 29 October 2017
Select Security Stadium

Arsenal Goal Scorers: Meidema 30', Mead 70'

Arsenal recorded their first away win of the FA WSL season, with a spirited 2-0 victory against Everton at the Select Security Stadium.

A goal in either half from Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead secured a valuable three points for last season’s runners up, with Everton slipping to their fourth defeat from four league games.

The hosts had the better of the opening exchanges, with Claudia Walker and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk both forcing Sari van Veenendaal into action inside the opening 10 minutes. However Arsenal quickly got into their rhythm and Miedema gave them the lead on 23 minutes following some fine attacking play.

Miedema received the ball inside the area, held off two Everton defenders, and fired in off the crossbar.

Arsenal almost extended their lead on 34 minutes through a Jordan Nobbs free kick, but Lizzie Durack made an acrobatic save.

Both sides had chances to score just before the break, with Walker forcing van Veenendaal into another save, and Durack making a brave stop to deny Miedema a second goal.

The second half began in similar fashion with Durack pulling off a brilliant reaction stop to deny Miedema on 48 minutes.

Everton improved as the half wore on, but found the Arsenal defence in inspired form, with Jemma Rose and Leah Williamson particularly resolute.

The hosts’ fate was sealed when Mead’s speculative volley was fumbled into her own net by the unfortunate Durack on 76 minutes to seal Arsenal’s win.

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Everton defender Georgia Brougham said:

"It is always disappointing to lose. We do not like losing but I think that throughout the game we were in it.

“We were unlucky to go two nil down in the second half.

"In the first half we created so many chances and we went in at half time and said that we need to take these chances when we go back out.

“We came out for the second half and really started to play and push for that goal but obviously it did not come.

"Lizzie has always been excellent for us, a mistake does not change that. Throughout every single game she has been excellent and she is a great goal keeper.

“All of the players know how great she is and for sixty minutes she kept us in the game. Now everyone just needs to get around her and help her keep her head up."

Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs said:

“Everton came out positively at the start of the second half but I still think that we were quite dominant on the ball.

“But I think that as we tried in the second half they had some chances and we knew that they would be very good on the counter attack.

“We had to be aware of their threat in the second half but it is good that we have come out of this game with a clean sheet and with a positive win.

“Defensively it was a huge performance. If we came away with a 2-1 win or something like that it just knocks that confidence so for is to get a clean sheet it is a real positive.”

Everton 0

Arsenal 2

Miedema 23, Mead 76

Everton (4-5-1): Lizzie Durack; Megan Finnigan, Georgia Brougham, Gabby George, Danielle Turner; Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah, Jodie Brett, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Olivia Chance, Chloe Kelly; Claudia Walker

Substitutes: Angharad James for Brett 56, Siri Worm for Sweetman-Kirk 56, Marthe Munsterman for Chance 82.

Substitutes not used: Kirstie Levell, Faye Bryson

Bookings: None

Red Cards: None

Arsenal (3-4-3): Sari van Veenendaal; Jemma Rose, Leah Williamson, Louise Quinn; Heather O’Reilly, Danielle Van de Donk, Jordan Nobbs, Vivianne Miedema; Emma Mitchell, Beth Mead, Lisa Evans.

Substitutes: Lauren James for Evans 66, Dominque Jansen for Miedema 77, Danielle Carter for Van de Donk 85.

Substitutes not used: Anna Moorhouse, Alex Scott, Taylor Hindes, Jodie Taylor

Bookings: None

Red Cards: None

Referee: Lindsey Robinson

Attendance: 435