Matildas Abroad Review: Foord the creator, Kerr and Simon find the net

Many of the Westfield Matildas received valuable game time on the weekend as they look to establish themselves at their clubs.

A number of our Aussies Abroad are yet to taste defeat, and there was late drama in Sweden.

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Arsenal maintained their status as FA WSL league leaders with a 5-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion. Caitlin Foord played 78 minutes and assisted their second goal, which was scored by Danielle van de Donk. Lydia Williams returned to the matchday squad but was an unused substitute.

Alongside Arsenal, Everton are the other team with a 100% winning record in the FA WSL. Hayley Raso entered the field for the final half hour as the Toffees defeated West Ham United 3-1. Emily Van Egmond and Mackenzie Arnold both played the full 90 minutes for the Hammers, and Van Egmond came close to scoring with a second half header.

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Sam Kerr’s Chelsea are still undefeated after a 3-1 triumph over Manchester City. Kerr scored the second Chelsea goal from close range, finishing off a Fran Kirby cross. The Westfield Matildas forward has now scored three times in the opening four FA WSL games.  

Alanna Kennedy started and played 74 minutes, however Tottenham Hotspur will have to wait at least another week for their first FA WSL victory after losing by a single goal to Manchester United.

Kennedy was subbed off with what appeared to be an ankle injury, and with her strong start to the season, the Spurs will be sweating on her return. 

Finally, Chloe Logarzo had to sit out the weekend after Bristol City’s game with Aston Villa was postponed due to a positive coronavirus case in the Villa camp.


Laura Brock kept her place in the starting lineup and played another full game as Guingamp earned their first win of the campaign, defeating Soyaux 3-0.

Olympique Lyonnais made it five wins in their opening five fixtures with a 2-0 triumph over Dijon. Ellie Carpenter played 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, Mary Fowler returned to the Montpellier starting XI, but her side’s winning run was ended as they went down 4-0 to high-flying PSG.


Kyah Simon and Amy Harrison played 90 and 85 minutes respectively as PSV defeated PEC Zwolle 5-2 to remain in second place. Simon had a fantastic game, setting up the opener for Joelle Smits and scoring the second goal as well.


Sevilla had a tough time last week, losing 6-0 to Barcelona in the Copa de la Reina semi-finals, then suffering a 2-0 defeat against Athletic Club in Round 2 of the Primera Iberdrola season. Aivi Luik played 90 minutes in both games.

Elsewhere, Alex Chidiac received her first playing time of the campaign, coming on as an 81st minute substitute in Atlético Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Granadilla Tenerife. It’s been a decent start for Atlético, who have earned four points in their first two games.


Emily Gielnik’s Vittsjö are now undefeated in nine games, however they did it the hard way against Umeå.

Trailing 2-1 in the dying minutes, Vittsjö then scored twice in second half stoppage time to seal a dramatic 3-2 win. Gielnik played the full 90 minutes.