It was a blended weekend for the WSL, with three fixtures falling foul to the frozen circumstances: Tottenham vs Leicester was referred to as off the night earlier than the match, Brighton vs Arsenal three-and-a-half hours earlier than, and Chelsea vs Liverpool…six minutes after kick-off.
This left three video games standing, with Everton working out spectacular 3-0 winners over West Ham, Aston Villa holding Manchester City to a draw and Manchester United netting a final gasp winner towards a spirited Reading to rise to the WSL summit.
But which gamers shone specifically? Here’s 90min’s WSL workforce of the week for gameweek 11.
GK: Jacqueline Burns (Reading) – Burns pulled off a choice of wonderful saves – together with a powerful cease to disclaim Katie Zelem from the penalty spot – to maintain Manchester United at bay till the 87th minute, and was actually unlucky to be on the dropping aspect on Sunday.
RB: Lucy Hope (Everton) – Everton’s proper flank was an actual supply of hazard all afternoon towards West Ham, with Hope combining effectively with the equally spectacular Nicoline Sorensen. A usually all motion efficiency as she continues to look proper at dwelling at fullback, profitable 75% of her tackles and 86% of her floor duels to assist her aspect to a clear sheet.
CB: Maya Le Tissier (Man Utd) – Typically composed and robust on the ball to assist United construct from the again. Le Tissier additionally turned in a extremely strong defensive efficiency, profitable 100% of her tackles and floor duels to see her aspect to a clear sheet and three factors as they climbed into first place.
CB: Megan Finnigan (Everton) – An ideal afternoon for the Everton centre-back; rock strong within the coronary heart of the backline because the Toffees registered their fourth WSL clear sheet of the season, spectacular taking part in out from the again and on the scoresheet together with her aspect’s second courtesy of a bullet header from a nook.
LB: Sarah Mayling (Aston Villa) – Both full-backs turned in terrific shows for Villa as they held Manchester City, with Maz Pacheco equally spectacular on the other flank up towards Lauren Hemp. The tenacious Mayling did a terrific defensive job on Chloe Kelly, nullifying the specter of the often harmful England winger to starve Bunny Shaw of service as City struggled to threaten the Villa objective.
CM: Justine Vanhaevermaet (Reading) – Sitting simply in entrance of the Reading again 4, Vanhaevermaet turned in a disciplined efficiency to restrict the impression of Ella Toone within the quantity 10 function for Manchester United. She gained 83% of her tackles, made 4 clearances in an enormous defensive show and even went near scoring twice.
CM: Kenza Dali (Aston Villa) – Aston Villa gained the midfield battle towards Manchesrer City, and Dali was key to that in an effortlessly stylish efficiency alongside the equally spectacular Lucy Staniforth. The French midfielder carried the ball so successfully and dangerously time after time and mixed effectively with Rachel Daly within the construct as much as the Villa opener. What a season she is having.
CM: Karen Holmgaard (Everton) – Set the tone for the Toffees by opening the scoring after simply three minutes, getting the higher of two West Ham our bodies to energy dwelling a header from a brief nook. Won a lot defensively to guard the Everton backline and was neat and tidy in possession.
FW: Jess Park (Everton) – Continued her mightily spectacular season with one more effervescent show, establishing Everton’s opener by working a yard of house for herself and sending in a depraved cross from a brief nook. Her choice making and selflessness within the ultimate third shone all through.
ST: Rachel Williams (Man Utd) – Williams clocked up as many minutes in regular time because the deserted Chelsea vs Liverpool fixture…however she had such an impression from the bench towards Reading, scoring arguably probably the greatest and undoubtedly an important objective of the weekend. The Manchester United striker weaved previous three Reading defenders earlier than emphatically discovering the roof of the web to fireplace her aspect to the highest of the WSL.
FW: Kirsty Hanson (Aston Villa) – An electrical efficiency from the Villa winger, inflicting Esme Morgan all types of issues within the first half together with her tempo and directness. Levelled the scores with a rather well taken objective – regardless of slipping as she took the shot – to earn her aspect a powerful level on the Academy Stadium, and unlucky to not double her tally within the second half after cracking the publish.