Arsenal clinched a vital 2-0 win this weekend in a record breaking North London Derby.
In an outstanding week for the women’s game Tottenham Women hosted their first ever game at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. The first derby between the two sides since Spurs’ promotion last season saw a record-breaking 38,262 in attendance. The crowd was far higher than the previous record of 31,213 and elsewhere in the league, Everton Ladies beat Liverpool at Anfield in front of 23,500.
The size of the crowd did not go unnoticed as the atmosphere was cracking. A slow start for the hosts invited pressure from the defending champions and the Spurs keeper was called into action early. As the half progressed, Spurs saw more of the ball and had chances of their own. Striker Graham came close, failing to score a one on one and hitting the post soon after.
In the second half, the Champions came out and dominated. It only took 10 minutes for the Gunners to break the deadlock as Captain Kim Little saw her edge of the box shot nestle in the bottom corner. Spurs never really created after the goal and Arsenal’s Miedema was able to get onto the end of a poor back pass from Filbey and take it round the keeper to put the game to bed.
The win puts Arsenal in third place and only one point off the Chelsea in the top spot, for Spurs the loss means they sit middle of the table in sixth. Next week the Gunners will face bottom of the table Liverpool whilst Tottenham face Everton.
Picture by: By joshjdss – Arsenal Ladies Vs Bayern Munich, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47067858