Manchester City Women managed to progress into the Continental Cup final after a win over Arsenal Ladies.
It was an extremely narrow result for the team and Manchester City Women only progressed after a late goal from defender Jennifer Beattie. The Scotland defender came in with an effort with 11 minutes of normal time remaining. As a result of this exit, Arsenal have failed to reach the final for the first time in the cup’s history. They have won the competition four times and were overwhelming favourites to reach the final. The joy of victory will be celebrated by City in front of their Academy Stadium as it will host to the final against Birmingham City.
Birmingham reached the final in a more comfortable way after having overcome London Bees 4-0 on Saturday. City goalkeeper Marie Hourihan had been busy early in the game and had to denyAsisatOshoala on numerous occasions. City seemed to have the luck of the moment after a freekick from Toni Duggan deflected straight into the path ofBeattie, who did not make any mistake from the ensuing finish. Ironically, this goal came just moments after the effort from Danielle Carter saw Arsenal rattle the goalpost. Despite the numerous chances, Arsenal saw City take the lead with an unlikely effort.
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Manchester City women’s team have continued their success and good form in the domestic league by securing a 2-1 win overReading Women.
The result maintains their unbeaten run in the last few weeks and it also extends the lead at the top of the table to 7 points over Chelsea Ladies.City, though, have played one game more than Chelsea Ladies. Izzy Christiansen gave Manchester City an advantage straightaway by scoring in the first half. Her England teammate Toni Duggan came up with an excellent goal from 18 yards out to make it 2-0 with only 10 minutes left in the game .Reading Women’s Lauren Bruton scored a goal late on but it was just a consolation from the penalty spot.
City have now managed to win nine matches in the opening 11 games. This impressive form sees them being branded as the favourites for the league title. Meanwhile, the other end of the table presents a different picture sinceReading Women are left searching for their first win of the season even now. They remain perilously close to the relegation zone with only a six-point difference separating them from the bottom club, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Just asReading Women, Sunderland Ladies also seem to be in the relegation trouble after having taken the same number of points.
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The women’s team of Chelsea and Liverpool were involved in an entertaining 6-3 win, which saw the former keep up their 100% start to the campaign.
Liverpool opened the scoring after just a minute, but Chelsea were level through Carney a few minutes later. From the first whistle, the game seemed be heading for a rollercoaster ride and it indeed proved to be the case. Chelsea, though, would have envisaged the game going very differently at half-time, as they went in with a 4-1 lead at halftime. Fran Kirby, Drew Spence and EniolaAluko were the scorers
for the blues to give this advantage.
Liverpool came out fighting in the second half. Chelsea were stunned to see goals from Emma Lundh and Caroline Weir told Liverpool close to an unlikely point from the game. However, they responded to once again by scoring twice in the space of four minutes to secure three points. The result may be a disappointing one for Chelsea especially considering that the next game is against Arsenal in the FA Cup final for women’s teams. After having won the title last season, Chelsea would have been looking to go into the match on a good run of form but not having conceded three goals at home. Continue reading →
The very successful female national team of the United States is complaining of unfair treatment. The team which has won four trophies, three FIFA World Cups and an Olympic championship is accusing US Soccer the body governing American sports, of disparity in treatment.
This week, women in the team filed a complaint accusing the governing body of wage discrimination. The women complained of earning about two-fifth of what the male players earn in the United States national team. They complained that this continued despite winning another world championship last year.
The players complaining were some of the most prominent women athletes in sports worldwide. They claimed obvious disparity ranging bonus payments, appearance fees to per diems. The federal complaint was submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The commission is the body responsible for enforcing civil rights laws against workplace discrimination in America. The commission has taken up the case of financial contrasts in gender payments in basketball tournament. Also, a female tennis athlete recently resigned after accusing the body in charge for making women “ride on the coattails of the men.” Continue reading →
The finals of the 2016 CONCACAF Womens was played on February 21rst with United States locking horns with Canada and goals from Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan was enough for the American team to claim a 2-0 triumph. This match was played at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
Lindsey Horan scored the opening goal of the match at the 53rd minute with a header and Tobin Heath secured the victory with the 2nd and last goal of the game.
Jill Ellis is the manager of the United States women’s squad and she guided the team to what was a very dominating campaign in the 2016 edition of the CONCACAF as they did not lose a single match starting from their group stages campaign which saw them being pitted in Group A along with Mexico, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico.
United States finished at the top of this group with 9 points as they went undefeated and in the semifinals they faced off with Trinidad and Tobago in a match where the American squad comfortably won with a final scoreboard of 5-0.
Canada had to play against Costa Rica in the semifinals and the Canadian team surpassed their opponents with a final scoreboard of 3-1.
These semifinal victories from Canada and United States were enough for them to secure their ticket into the upcoming Olympics which is going to take place in Rio de Janeero in Brazil. Continue reading →
Durham Ladies endured more disappointment after suffering a 2-0 defeat against Doncaster Rovers Belles.
The disappointment largely stems from the fact that the team has managed only one goal in the last four matches. In fact, in the opening eight matches of the season, they have scored only 10 league goals. This poor run of form is threatening to keep them near the foot of theWomen’s Super League Two table. Manager Lee Sanders, though, remains confident that the players will be able to regain their confidence in the coming weeks.
Despite this poor run of form,Sanders has tried to look at the positives and one of them is the number of chances that the team has been creating. It is the efficiency of converting those chances that has taken a beating in the last five matches. After having scored nine goals from the first four matches, one would have thought thatSanders will have no trouble in getting his team near the top of the table. However, the form has nosedived since the last international break andSanders has admitted to a lot of inconsistencies with regard to form. A quickfire solution will be to use the transfer window to improve the squad andSanders cannot wait for the mid-season window. Continue reading →