Dominique Janssen wonder-strike lights up Arsenal win
Arsenal beat Liverpool 3-0 in an excellent away performance at the Select Security Stadium
FA WSL 1 match
19:00, Wednesday 7 February 2018
Select Security Stadium
Arsenal Goal Scorers: Meidema 20', Janssen 40', Evans 59'
Arsenal narrowed the gap to close rivals Liverpool to a single point in the FA Women’s Super League 1 after a three-goal triumph at the Select Security Stadium.
Gunners striker Vivianne Miedema put the visitors ahead after netting on the rebound from a spot kick, before Dominique Janssen grabbed the second and Lisa Evans fired home the third.
Liverpool started the match in third position in FA WSL 1 and hold on to that spot, but Arsenal are now breathing right down their neck in fourth.
Meidema 29 (pen), Janssen 45, Evans 62
Liverpool (4-3-3): Rebecca Flaherty; Martha Harris, Casey Stoney, Sophie Ingle, Alex Greenwood; Kate Longhurst, Laura Coombs, Ali Johnson; Jess Clarke, Caroline Weir, Beth England
Substitutes: Satara Murray for Ali Johnson 64, Ash Hodson for Martha Harris 70, Rinsola Babajide for Kate Longhurst 82
Substitutes not used: Emily Ramsey, Amy Rodgers, Lucy Roberts
Red Cards: None
Arsenal (4-3-3): Sari Van Veenendaal; Emma Mitchell, Leah Williamson, Louise Quinn, Lisa Evans; Jordan Nobbs, Dominique Janssen, Danielle Van De Donk; Danielle Carter, Vivianne Meidema, Heather O’Reilly
Substitutes: Katie McCabe for Louise Quinn 74, Lauren James for Heather O’Reilly 78, Ava Kuyken for Jordan Nobbs 88
Substitutes not used: Anna Moorhouse, Alex Scott, Beth Mead, Anna Filbey
Red Cards: None
Referee: R Welch
Liverpool striker Beth England fired over on 11 minutes before teammate Caroline Weir was denied by the crossbar, chances that could have changed the course of what was to come.
But it was to be Arsenal who got the opener and it came on 29 minutes when Miedema first saw her penalty saved by Flaherty before tucking away the rebound.
With the seconds ticking down to half-time Janssen's curled effort from 25-yards on the left side of the box gave the Gunners a two-goal cushion.
And with the home team labouring, Gunners’ defender Evans fired home the third just after the hour mark following a strong run down the right.
GOAL OF THE MATCH
Without doubt the goal of the match was Janssen’s, which came at the perfect moment to do maximum damage – just before half-time.
The Dutch player picked up the ball just outside the corner of the box, fed the ball onto her right foot and looped it over and around Flaherty and into the side netting – a contender for goal of the season.
WHAT THEY SAID
Liverpool manager Scott Rogers said: “In the first half I thought it was quite an evenly-matched game.
“The second half you can see we’re trying to chase it. We’re leaving gaps everywhere, but we’re trying to chase the game.
“I said to the girls we gave ourselves a mountain to climb at half-time and unfortunately we couldn’t climb it. It’s just one of them things — it’s football.
“In the first half I thought we had the better chances. We just didn’t take them.
“We lost 3-0 so you can’t just say that the penalty cost us the game, but I think it had a major impact on it because I think it did change the game.”
Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro said: "Yes, the result is important obviously, but we also believe in the way we want to play and it’s a possession brand with building up from the back - hopefully it’s starting to show some of its fruits.
“In the end the result says what it says. Liverpool are a very, very good side. They hurt you in some areas going forward and they can be a very damaging team in some areas that can hurt you.
“It’s about the way we want to play and for me it was very, very important that we saw some of the patterns and some of the things we’re working on and that’s coming to fruition.”
Both sides are in FA WSL 1 action again on Sunday, with Liverpool travelling to take on Manchester City and Arsenal at home to Yeovil Town.
Rogers added: “We knew this period would be difficult, but we can’t whinge about it. We want to play the big football matches.
“Unfortunately today we didn’t quite have enough, but we have an opportunity on Sunday to go to a very talented Manchester City team and put a performance in and try to get a result.
“We want to be competing at the highest level and we’re doing it our way. We’re trying to build on and off the pitch.”
“We’re worrying about each game and the importance of playing our football and playing well. I believe that the performance and the way we want to play will get the results in the end.
“And as long as these players keep believing we’ll keep fighting. It (the Yeovil game) is another important game. It’s three points we need and three points to keep that climb up the ladder.
“We’re going to go out and play our football and make sure that we get the points. There’s no game in this league that’s easy. There’s a lot of good teams and a lot of good footballers. A lot of well-structured teams that make it very difficult for you.”
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