We’re Underway! Arsenal’s Alex Scott reviews the headlines in the Women’s Super League

In her second blog for The Offside Rule (We Get It!), England and Arsenal's Alex Scott rounds up the opening week of the new Women's Super League season - a week in which she grabbed a rare goal for the Gunners!

Well we are finally off and running and what a thrilling few games we’ve already seen in the WSL.

All eyes were on the opening game between last year’s champions Liverpool and the newbies on the block Manchester City Women.

It took last season’s WSL top scorer Natasha Dowie to break City hearts. It was her goal that proved to be the difference between the sides when she latched on to a superb pass from Lucy Bronze, rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into the net.

Natasha Dowie dealt a blow to the WSL newcomers as Liverpool picked up where they left off last season

Natasha Dowie dealt a blow to the WSL newcomers as Liverpool picked up where they left off last season

The girls at Man City would have walked away remaining upbeat however after a great showing in their first game in the top flight.

Chelsea are a team who are being talked about as potential league winners this year with the money they’ve spent on stellar signings. They got their WSL season underway with a victory over Bristol City. Yuki Ogimi showed what a great acquisition she will be to the league and to her team this season. She showed her class throughout the game and steered her team to the all-important three points that they wanted, grabbing herself two goals along the way.

My team Arsenal travelled to play the newly named Notts County at Meadow Lane. We knew it was going to be a tough game because like most teams this season Notts have boosted their side with some extremely experienced internationals. Jess Clarke was a threat for Notts throughout the game and got herself on the scoresheet. She latched onto a long ball which then saw her coolly finish the move past an onrushing Emma Byrne. I myself helped secure my team a point when I popped up on the edge of the box to strike the ball into the back of Carly Telford’s net. A unlikely scorer I know! I was a little surprised myself, but we left the game pleased with the teams response in the second half and the belief that if we play like that we’ll be a threat ourselves this season.

A second-half strike from Alex was enough to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw at Notts County in their opening game of the Women's Super League.

A second-half strike from Alex was enough to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw at Notts County in their opening game of the Women’s Super League.

Elsewhere there was a goalless draw between Birmingham and Everton. Birmingham undoubtedly had one eye on their champion’s league semi-final against Swedish side Tyreso, which saw the side rest a number of key players.

The second round of games produced a goalless draw between Chelsea and Liverpool which shows that Chelsea really have the ambition and players to push teams all the way. They have that cutting edge in their team that was lacking last season. Notts County beat Everton 2-0 with Jess Clarke once again being the main threat for her team and grabbing herself a brace.  Bristol bounced back after their opening defeat to Chelsea to beat Man City 2-1.

After playing two games it already goes to show how exciting this season will prove to be. No side has a 100% record and City are the only team in the WSL without a point on the board.

A big mention needs to go out to the fans and the continued support they show for the women’s game. Not only are league attendances up but the atmosphere around the grounds is buzzing. Women’s football really feels like its heading in the right direction and this puts a huge smile on my face.

Hope you all had a great Easter. Catch you all next week.

Alex

What have been your highlights of the season so far? Who do you tip for the title? Can Manchester City bounce back from a disappointing start to their debut WSL campaign?

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