City Women (Ross 60, Duggan (p) 80) 2-0 Arsenal Ladies
Competition: FA Women’s Super League 1
Venue: Academy Stadium, Etihad Campus (att: 1,914)
Date: 28 March 2016 (15:00)
The WSL 1 season may be only two games young, but City Women’s match on Easter Monday was already something of a title decider. In a season of just 16 fixtures, every point counts, especially when they come at the expense of title rivals. Picking up a victory at home to Arsenal was just what the doctor ordered for City, ensuring the Blues’ 100% start in this fledgling WSL season remains intact.
City began brightly against the Gunners, in much the same vein of form as they did against Notts County last week. Crowds at the CFA will learn to expect this; heaps of possession, and commanding, attacking football from the off. First blood almost went to Arsenal, however, after referee Michael Salisbury awarded the North London outfit a free-kick on the edge of the area, following Steph Houghton’s challenge on Asisat Oshoala. The City skipper picked up an early, slightly harsh, booking for her troubles, and Fara Williams almost punished City further, striking the crossbar with a sublime set-piece that had City ’keeper Karen Bardsley beaten.
Nevertheless, the pendulum of luck swung heavily in City’s favour on 12 minutes, when an excellent ball from Lucy Bronze on the right found Jane Ross tussling with Arsenal centre-back Jemma Rose. When Ross got herself between Rose and the ball, there was little for the defender to do, apart from bring the City striker down. Salisbury didn’t hesitate in reaching for his pocket, and suddenly City were facing only 10 women.