After a great
by Emmet last week (hopefully the first of many more!), I’m back for an all new
Gunners Fair with the women’s football season in full swing before the upcoming
everyone at Gunners Town would like to congratulate Shelley Kerr on her first
trophy as the manager of the Arsenal Ladies with the 12th FA Women’s
Cup for the club. There is also another win to celebrate, one that not only
completes a treble of victories against Bristol Academy over the last 12 days,
but also marks the Ladies’ first win of the current Women’s Super League
With one loss
and one draw, the team was seeking those crucial three points and what better
time than after yet another trophy? There are two more WSL games to go before
the summer break, and this momentum will hopefully ensure six points that would
put us back in contention where the league is concerned.
The game however
was not without controversy; Bristol’s second goal was through a penalty.
Bristol’s Harding went down injured as she tried to score off a rebound and
thinking that play had stopped, Arsenal’s Alex Scott took the ball from
goalkeeper’s Gemma Byrne and threw it out of play. After play resumed, the referee
awarded a controversial penalty to Bristol which Yorston converted. A few
minutes ago, Kim Little had seen her penalty saved at the other end; Siobhan
Chamberlain with another fine performance ensuring that Arsenal didn’t score
more than three. McCatty received a straight red for the challenge on Ellen
White that led to the penalty. But first half goals from Steph Houghton (32)
and Kim Little (42) and a 51st minute header from Gill Flaherty (off
a Yankey corner) was enough to ensure ALFC’s
first win of this WSL season (You can watch
the highlights here).
The first of the final two games
in the first half of this season is against Chelsea. Arsenal Ladies will host
them at Meadow Park today (Broadcast live on ESPN with a 7.45pm KO). There will
be a free ‘interactive
fanzone’ and fans aged 5-16 can come to Meadow Park from 5.45pm. Members of
the Arsenal Ladies’ U-17 National Cup winning team will also be present. For
those who might be interested, you can register for the fanzone and get the
chance to watch the match for free. Everybody else can buy tickets on the gate
– £5 adults, £2.50 concessions & £10 families (2 adults & 2 U16s). It
is the last home match before the break so make sure you get down and cheer
them on (The final WSL game before August will be on June 9, 2013 away at
The next bit of
news is about the Arsenal Ladies hosting soccer schools this August. There will
be 3 separate ones over 3 weeks at Hertfordshire University and Queenswood
School and participants will have the chance to be coached by qualified coaches
within a fun environment where they can learn and develop football skills as a
team but also individually.
article on Arsenal.com lists all the relevant details, contact numbers and
emails for those who are interested in booking a place.
goodbye for this week, I will leave you with the current state of the Women
Super League’s table.
As you can see,
Shelley Kerr will be hoping her side can continue in the spirit of their last
few games and end up near the top when the first half of the season comes to an
end. Stay safe Gooners, especially in the current transfer-crazy scenario that
is one of the toughest things to navigate through and remain sane. Until next
week when we can hopefully celebrate two more victories for our Ladies. Clear
Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.