Attendance data have been despatched tumbling throughout gameweek two of the WSL, with the north London and Merseyside derby each attracting five-figure crowds on the Emirates and Anfield.
On the pitch, Arsenal and Everton each received the higher of their native rivals, whereas there was a primary win of the season for Chelsea.
However which gamers stood out particularly? Here is 90min’s WSL crew of the week for gameweek two.
GK: Megan Walsh (Brighton) – Helped Brighton to their first three factors of the season by maintaining Studying at bay with quite a few positive saves. Her response cease to tip away a Lauren Wade header within the second half was arguably the decide of the bunch.
RB: Ona Batlle (Manchester United) – Carried on from the place she left off final week with one other terrific show. A relentless menace going ahead, grazed the bar within the first half and arrange United’s second with a intelligent reduce from the byline.
CB: Katrina Veje (Everton) – An lively, all motion show. Arrange Everton’s first with a teasing nook supply, acted as an actual inventive outlet for her facet regardless of working as a left centre again in a again three, and helped protect a clear sheet as Everton recorded a well-known Merseyside derby victory.
CB: Rafaelle (Arsenal) – Effortlessly cool with the ball at her ft when beneath strain deep in her personal half, serving to Arsenal bypass the Tottenham press. On the rating sheet with a towering header, rising above two Tottenham defenders to energy dwelling.
LB: Hannah Blundell (Manchester United) – On the rating sheet together with her first objective for Manchester United – and first WSL objective because the 2018/19 season, calmly slotting dwelling from the sting of the world.
CM: Nathalie Bjorn (Everton) – Grabbed the help for Everton’s second, successful a free ball again herself in the midst of the park earlier than sending Park scampering away with a terrific move excessive. Labored arduous and broke up play impressively all through.
CM: Kim Little (Arsenal) – One other huge efficiency from the Arsenal captain. As ever environment friendly in possession and so good in tight areas, however did a lot vital defensive work for the Gunners, breaking apart play and wrestling again possession on quite a few events.
CAM: Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal) – Opened her account for the season with a north London derby brace – the primary a usually cool end, the second a deft header. Mixed properly with the Arsenal entrance three and continues to make the quantity 10 function her personal.
FW: Jess Park (Everton) – An electrical first WSL begin for Everton from Park. Demonstrated her tempo and talent to burst past the Liverpool backline and cooly spherical Rachel Legal guidelines for her facet’s second, earlier than intelligently choosing out Hanna Bennison for Everton’s third. The makings of an ideal mortgage transfer for each events.
FW: Caitlin Foord (Arsenal) – Voted participant of the match on a historic day on the Emirates. Ran the channels, linked play and did not give the Spurs backline a second’s respite. Arrange Arsenal’s second by successful the ball off Evelina Summanen deep within the Spurs half and enjoying in Miedema.
FW: Lauren James (Chelsea) – Oozed class from begin to end. Frequent flashes of genius together with her flicks and fast ft, and induced the Manchester Metropolis backline all kinds of issues together with her directness and driving runs.