Matildas Abroad Review: Gorry effect continues at West Ham; Carpenter's Lyon continue perfect record

West Ham have continued on their upward trajectory since signing Katrina Gorry, shocking Arsenal with a 2-1 win and claiming their first-ever WSL win over the Gunners. Elsewhere, Charli Grant made her second WSL start in Tottenham colours, Ellie Carpenter's Lyon continued their perfect league record, and Clare Hunt continues to start for PSG.

Read our review of all of the Matildas Abroad action below.

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Two goals to Nikita Parris meant that Manchester United defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0. Brighton fought hard but were unable to really lay a glove on United, who are currently sitting fourth on the table, four points away from Arsenal in third. Charlie Rule was unavailable for the Seagulls through injury.

The Katrina Gorry effect has continued in earnest at West Ham, as they came from behind to shock Arsenal and walk away 2-1 victors. Arsenal opened the scoring in the first half through Alessia Russo but a penalty to Viviane Asseyi, followed by a Hawa Cissoko strike eight minutes later, was enough for the Hammers to secure the surprise result.

Viviane Asseyi (second right) celebrates scoring their side s first goal of the game with team-mates during the Barclays Women s Super League match at the Chigwell Construction Stadium, London.
Viviane Asseyi celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game with team-mates during the Barclays Women's Super League match at the Chigwell Construction Stadium, London. (Photo: Imago)

Both Gorry and Mackenzie Arnold started for West Ham. Arnold was involved throughout, given Arsenal’s 23 shots and 68% possession, but a combination of steadfast defending and indecisive finishing was enough to hold the Gunners out. Gorry was named West Ham's Player of the Match for a second consecutive game, making an instant impact since signing for the Hammers earlier this year.

Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley started for Arsenal, Foord being substituted off in the 78th minute. Kyra Cooney-Cross played 30 minutes from the bench.

Manchester City relied on two late goals to defeat Leicester City 2-0. The Foxes set up in a back five in the hopes of containing the title contenders. It was looking like it might pay off until Lauren Hemp finally made the breakthrough with an acrobatic finish in the 82nd minute, and Chloe Kelly made sure of the result with their second goal only minutes later.

Courtney Nevin started the game for Leicester, before being subbed off at half-time for fellow Australian Remy Siemsen, which precipitated a change in formation.

Meanwhile, for Manchester City, Mary Fowler came off the bench with 15 minutes to go – and was on the park for both of her team’s goals. Alanna Kennedy was an unused substitute.

Liverpool scored in stoppage time to rescue a point against Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs thought they might have won it when Celin Bizet Ildusøy scored in the second half, but an equaliser for Marie Höbinger sent the home fans into raptures.

Charli Grant started and played the full match at right-back for Spurs. Teagan Micah was not named in Liverpool’s matchday squad – the club has not confirmed the reason at this stage.

Finally, Chelsea maintained their place on top of the table with a comfortable 3-0 win over Everton. Two converted penalties to Guro Reiten, as well as an Erin Cuthbert goal from open play, sealed the result for the London side. Clare Wheeler started in midfield for Everton but conceded two penalties before being substituted off with 12 minutes of regulation time remaining.


After the euphoria of topping their UEFA Champions League group midweek, PSG were brought back to Earth with a 1-1 draw, away against Fleury. The home side scored early through Dominika Grabowska and shut up shop, making it difficult for Les Parisiennes to find clear-cut chances. Sakina Karchaoui did equalise in the second half but they were unable to find the second goal that they needed to take home all three points.

Clare Hunt started at the heart of defence before being substituted off the field at the 60-minute mark.

Lyon continued with their perfect record in the league, overcoming Reims 4-1. An early brace to Eugénie Le Sommer set the tone before goals to Sara Däbritz and Ada Hegerberg made sure of the result. Ellie Carpenter started the match at right back and picked up an assist on Hegerberg's goal.

Ellie Carpenter (12 Olympique Lyonnais) in action during the D1 Arkema game between Olympique Lyonnais and Stade de Reims at OL Training Center in Lyon, France. (Pauline FIGUET / SPP)
Ellie Carpenter in action during the D1 Arkema game between Olympique Lyonnais and Stade de Reims at OL Training Center in Lyon, France. (Photo: Pauline FIGUET / SPP via Imago)

A 96th-minute winner to Kaja Korošec saw Paris FC secure a dramatic 3-2 victory over LOSC Lille. Lille scored first and made it 2-1 in the 71st minute through a Lorena Azzaro goal. Five minutes later, Kessya Bussy equalised for Paris, which set the stage for the incredibly late goal that was to come. Sarah Hunter was in the matchday squad for Paris FC but was an unused substitute.


Real Madrid made a statement in the league over the weekend, smashing Valencia 7-1. A hattrick to Danish international Caroline Møller was the highlight for Las Blancas as the win made sure that they remained in second place in the Primera División. Hayley Raso was an unused substitute for Real Madrid.


Kristianstads DFF played their second pre-season friendly, taking on HB Køge in Denmark. Both Amy Sayer and Clare Polkinghorne started the match as they defeated the Danish side 2-0, with Sayer picking up another assist in the win.