Matildas Abroad Review: Catley makes 100th appearance for Arsenal; Kennedy claims assist in Derby win

Manchester City came out on top in the Manchester Derby, while Steph Catley came off the bench to make a century of appearances for Arsenal.

Read our review of the Matildas Abroad action below.

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Manchester City came out on top of the latest Manchester Derby, defeating United 3-1. The Red Devils were not able to come back into the game after a Jess Park brace and a second-half goal to Khadija Shaw.

Mary Fowler and Alanna Kennedy both started the match for City, with Kennedy picking up an assist for Park’s second goal.

Alanna Kennedy celebrates with teammates following Manchester City's win over Manchester United. (Photo: Imago)
Alanna Kennedy celebrates with teammates following Manchester City's win over Manchester United. (Photo: Imago)

Rivals Everton and Liverpool played out a scoreless draw at Goodison Park. Despite not picking up the win they would have hoped for, the point did see Liverpool jump over Manchester United and into fourth place. Clare Wheeler played the full match in midfield for Everton while Teagan Micah was an unused substitute for the Reds.

Tottenham Hotspur picked up a well-deserved 1-0 victory over relegation-threatened Bristol City. They dominated the stats and possession but it was a second-minute goal to Bethany England that proved the difference. Charli Grant was an unused substitute for Spurs.

Elisabeth Terland scored a dramatic late winner to see Brighton & Hove Albion come from behind to defeat Leicester City 3-2. After a scoreless first half, the match exploded into life in the second. The Foxes scored first before former Sydney FC player Madison Haley and Katie Robinson gave the Seagulls the lead. Lena Petermann scored what she would have thought was the equaliser but moments later Terland was there to secure a hard-fought victory.

Remy Siemsen was introduced for Leicester in the 80th minute. Courtney Nevin was not in the matchday squad, while Charlie Rule remains unavailable through injury for Brighton.

Chelsea retained their spot on top of the table with a 2-0 win over Everton. Aggie Beever-Jones and Erin Cuthbert were the goalscorers on opposite ends of the game as they made their statistical dominance count.

Mackenzie Arnold played the match in goals for West Ham. Meanwhile, Katrina Gorry started the game but had to be withdrawn in the first half due to injury. No information is yet available on the severity of the midfielder's injury.

Finally, Arsenal came from behind to defeat Aston Villa 3-1. A first-half Ebony Salmon goal gave Villa the lead but three unanswered goals in the second half to the Gunners lifted them to victory. Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Kyra Cooney-Cross all came off the bench for Arsenal – Catley for her 100th appearance for the club.


Paris FC fell to a shock 2-1 loss to Fleury on Saturday. Fleury took a two-goal lead thanks to Dominika Grabowska and Charlotte Fernandes. Despite Fleury finishing the match with ten players, Paris was not able to overhaul them, in a massive blow to their hopes of catching up with PSG in second. Sarah Hunter was not named in the matchday squad.

An Amel Majri hattrick was the highlight as Lyon defeated LOSC Lille 7-0. It is another indication of the dominance of the French club as they continue on their path towards their 17th title. Ellie Carpenter started the match at right-back before being withdrawn at half-time.

PSG picked up a 3-1 win over Montpellier. Jade Le Guilly, Korbin Albert and Tabitha Chawinga were on the scoresheet as they eased past their opponents. Clare Hunt was not named in the matchday squad.


BK Häcken made a real statement in the Swedish Cup, defeating Kristianstads DFF 7-2. Aivi Luik was rested from the match and replaced by an academy player in defence but it made no difference as they ran riot over their opponents. Amy Sayer and Clare Polkinghorne started the match for Kristianstads.

United States

San Diego Wave have started their 2024 NWSL regular season off with a shock loss, the KC Current coming from behind to be 2-1 victors. The Wave had more shots and more possession but were not able to capitalise on their chances, allowing the Current to take advantage. Emily van Egmond started the match for the Wave, while Kaitlyn Torpey came on in the 70th minute to make her NWSL regular season debut.


Barcelona continued their dominance in Spain, defeating Real Madrid 3-0 in the derby. Fridolina Rolfö, Aitana Bonmati and Caroline Graham Hansen were the goal scorers as the reigning champions dominated the match. Hayley Raso came off the bench for Real Madrid in the 62nd minute.