Matildas’ striker Caitlin Foord scored for Arsenal as the Gunners maintained their perfect start to the English FA WPL season with a 3-1 weekend win over Bristol City.
Foord netted in the 60th minute, with first-placed team’s win at Meadow Park coming at the expense of her Matildas’ teammates and Bristol City pair Ella Mastrantonio and Chloe Logarzo.
“I’m proud of the players,” Arsenal’s Australian coach Joe Montemurro said.
“They kept their heads, kept their emotions and continued to do what was needed to be done to break down a very organised team.”
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Arsenal top the table only on goal difference ahead of Everton, whose 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa a day earlier includedtwo goals from Matildas attacker Hayley Raso.
Everton coach Willie Kirk said: “The players knew the game was virtually won at half time but we didn’t let up. They made a statement that this Everton side will still go for it even when we are four or five goals up.
“We wanted to maintain the high tempo in the second half and we did that.”
Arsenal and Everton are two points clear of Sam Kerr’s Chelsea side, who had a 1-0 away win over Birmingham City.
Kerr started the match on the bench, and came on in the 65tn minute as a replacement for Guro Reiten.
Elsewhere, Matildas pair Alanna Kennedy and Mackenzie Arnold both tasted defeat.
Kennedy’s Tottenham team were beaten 4-1 by Manchester City, while goalkeeper Arnold’s West Ham side lost 1-0 at home to Reading.