Matildas Abroad Review: Polkinghorne on the scoresheet; Arsenal make it six wins in a row

Arsenal kept their unbeaten streak in the WSL running, making it six wins in a row for the Gunners. Vittsjö finished their season with a dominant win, with Polkinghorne on the scoresheet. 

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Our Matildas Abroad were in the thick of the action this weekend, with defenders Polkinghorne and Goad on the scoresheet for their clubs to seal a win. 
Sam Kerr's Chelsea was looking to make it five straight wins in the league when they took on Aston Villa. 

Emma Hayes opted to rest some usual starters, the dangerous duo of Kerr and Fran Kirby were options off the bench for Hayes, with a UWCL group stage game later in the week for Chelsea in the back of the coach's mind. 

The Blues opened the scoring just 22 minutes into the game, Ji So-Yun placed a perfectly weighted lob on a platter for Jessie Fleming to find the opener. 

Kerr came on in the 72nd minute to see out the win for Chelsea. Emily Gielnik remained out through injury, however, Villa coach Carla Ward says Gielnik is "a few days away". 

Kyah Simon's Tottenham Hotspur hosted Manchester United as third place took on fourth. Simon made the start for Spurs in just her third appearance for the side. 

Both sides traded chances in the opening stanza before Alessia Russo scored the opener for Manchester in first-half stoppage time, squeezing the ball past Spur's keeper Korpela at the near post. 

Some fabulous saves from United shot-stopper Mary Earps kept Spurs scoreless until New Zealand international Ria Percival scored the equaliser from a free kick in the final minute of second-half stoppage time. 

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Manchester City had a start they'd soon rather forget, conceding just one minute into their game against Leicester City through Jessica Sigsworth. 

Manchester quickly bounced back and had the equaliser through Caroline Weir, Keira Walsh added the second before half-time to get the visitors the lead going into the break. 

Goals to Lauren Hemp and Laura Coombs sealed the 4-1 win, Manchester's first win in the WSL since opening weekend. 

Hayley Raso and Alanna Kennedy remained unused substitutes on the bench. 

Arsenal made it six wins in a row, beating West Ham United 4-0. 

Caitlin Foord, Mackenzie Arnold and Tameka Yallop all made the start for their respective sides. With Foord almost finding the opener just 20 minutes in, her headed shot on goal was palmed away by fellow Aussie Arnold. 

Arnold would deny Foord once more before the half was up, with Foord's shot from just inside the box dealt with swiftly by the shot-stopper. 

Captain Kim Little opened the scoring just before the half-time break, with another goal to Little, Beth Mead and an own goal sealing the 4-0 win. 

Steph Catley came on in the 72nd minute, Lydia Williams was named on the bench in the match. However, coach Jonas Eidevall explained at the end of the match that keeper Fran Stenson had been recalled back from a loan move to Brighton due to an injury to Williams.

 Moving over to Sweden, the final round of the Damallsvenskan season saw champions FC Rosengård defeat Djurgårdens 2-0. 

Goals to Olivia Schough and Mimmi Larsson in the first half sealed the win, Charli Grant came on in the 77th minute. Teagan Micah remained on the bench. 

Dylan Holmes' BK Häcken finished the season with a shock loss to Eskilstuna, a hat trick for Felicia Anna Rogic sealed the 3-2 win for Eskilstuna. 

Holmes came off the bench in the 73rd minute. 

Clare Polkinghorne's Vittsjö GIK finished the season on a positive note, beating KIF Örebro DFF 8-2. Sadly the win wasn't enough to boost the side into the third spot, and thus, they miss out on a UWCL spot next season. 

Polkinghorne was on the scoresheet in the 11th minute, rising highest in a corner and finding the back of the net.

Over in Denmark, Clare Wheeler, Indi Riley and Angela Beard made the start for Fortuna Hjørring.

Hjørring went behind in the 22nd minute, before goals to Olivia Holdt and Mathilde Carstens sealed the 2-1 win. 

Jenna McCormick's AGF were on the scoresheet early, however, Brøndby IF proved too clinical and were able to turn the game around and seal a 4-1 win. 

Our last stop in Scandinavia is Norway, where Karly Roestbakken's LSK Kvinner sealed a 2-1 win over Lyn. Roestbakken was an unused substitute on the bench in the win. 

Over in Spain, Beattie Goad scored her first goal for UD Granadilla Tenerife in their 3-0 win over Sporting Huelva. Goad's goal was the icing on the cake for UDG Tenerife with just their second win of the season. 


Our final destination takes us to Japan, where Alex Chidiac's sealed a 1-0 win over Albirex Niigata.