Matildas Abroad: Winning start for Simon and Harrison, Foord opens WSL goal account

Kyah Simon and Amy Harrison made their debuts in the Eredivise, while plenty of Westfield Matildas and their teams joined the winners' circle.     

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Montpellier claimed their first win of the Division 1 Feminine with a 2-0 win over Guingamp.  Both Mary Fowler (Montpellier) and Laura Brock (Guingamp) started with Fowler playing 76 minutes and Brock notching up her first full match. 

Olympique Lyonnais continued their winning start to the season with a 3-0 victory over Stade de Reims on the road. Ellie Carpenter was an unused substitute.  Lyon maintain their perfect start to the season, and are the only side with a perfect record at the top of the table.

Emma Checker was an unused substitute as Fleury 91 also recorded their first win of the season with a 3-1 win away to Le Havre.  The win saw Fleury move into second place. 


Arna-Bjørnar collected a welcome three points when they defeated Kolbotn 2-1 at home.  Teagan Micah played a full match as the win saw her side move up two positions to seventh place in the Toppserien. 

In the top of the table clash, Avaldsnes and Vålerenga nullified each other to play out a 0-0 stalemate. 

Both Katrina Gorry and Clare Polkinghorne started the match for Avaldsnes and had solid performances in their 85 and 90 minutes, respectively.  With the other results in the league, Avaldsnes dropped down two spots to fourth place but are only 4 points off the top of the table. 

One of the teams to rise above Avaldsnes is Karly Roestbakken’s LSK Kvinner.  After an up and down couple of weeks, the defending champions clawed out a 3-2 win over Klepp away from home. 

Roestbakken continues to hold down her spot in the starting XI and once again recorded a full 90. 


Amy Harrison and Kyah Simon had a winning start with PSV Eindhoven. 

The Westfield Matildas’ duo debuted in the starting line up as the Dutch side were finally able to get season underway with a 2-1 result. 

Simon played a full 90 minutes while Harrison was substituted after 61 minutes. 

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Amy Harrison in her debut for PSV Eindhoven (Photo: Getty Images)


Arsenal continued their blazing start to the FA Women’s Super League with a 9-1 win over West Ham United. 

Steph Catley started for the Gunners but a tough challenge in the back saw the Westfield Matildas’ vice captain subbed out as a precaution in the 19th minute. 

It was a tough day at the office for Mackenzie Arnold and Emily van Egmond’s side as the Gunners were in red hot form. 

Caitlin Foord was subbed into the match on 60 minutes and in the 86th minute she tallied her first WSL goal. 

Not to be outdone, defending champions Chelsea bounced back from their opening round as they also netted nine goals in their 9-0 home win over Bristol City. 

Sam Kerr started and was busy for her 90 minutes for the Blues.  The Westfield Matildas’ captain was rewarded for her industrious match with an 86th minute goal from a Pernille Harder assist. 

Chloe Logaro and fellow Aussie Ella Mastrantonio both played a full match in the Robins’ midfield. 

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Chloe Logarzo tackles Pernille Harder (Photo: Getty Images)

The final WSL featuring Westfield Matildas saw Hayley Raso put in a Player of the Match performance for Everton in their 1-0 win over Tottenham. 

Raso started brightly, forcing two early saves from the Spurs, and kept up the energy for 90 minutes.  With her trademark relentlessness, the winger was noted as a “Manager’s dream” by the commentator. 

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Raso was again influential in Round 2 (Photo: Getty Images)


Emily Gielnik and Vittjso  extended their winning streak with a 2-0 win over Linköping.  The win sees Vittjso close the gap on the top four and more solidly into safety in the Damallsvenskan.  For the fifth match in a row, Gielnik started and recorded 76 minutes.