Roord hat-trick helps Arsenal to set early pace in rout of Reading
Arsenal top the early Women’s Super League table after their 6-1 win over Reading, in which Dutch midfielder Jill Roord scored a hat-trick and last season’s WSL top scorer Vivianne Miedema struck twice.
Kim Little began the rout by volleying home Leah Williamson’s chip inside the first 15 minutes. Miedema then opened her account for the season after half an hour
when she tucked away Jordan Nobbs’s pass, before driving home off the bar from 20 yards for Arsenal’s fifth. Either side of Miedema’s second, Roord’s finishing made for two scintillating Arsenal team goals, and the hosts were dominant until Reading’s Danielle Carter managed a late consolation against her former club.
Elsewhere, Everton captain Lucy Graham managed two goals and two assists as Willie Kirk’s side beat Bristol City 4-0. She set up Simone Magill for the opener after just seven minutes, before doubling their lead on the counter-attack and then adding a third from the spot following a foul on Magill. Finally, she set up new French signing Valerie Gauvin in the last minute of normal time.
New Birmingham City manager Carla Ward began her reign with a 2-0 defeat by Brighton, via two second-half goals in two minutes from Megan Connolly and new signing Inessa Kaagman. Birmingham were unable to field a full bench.
Tottenham and West Ham played out a 1-1 draw at the Hive. Adriana Leon’s run ended in a stunning solo goal and allowed the Hammers to restore parity after Grace Fisk had headed into her own goal four minutes earlier.
Familiar sight: Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema, last season’s WSL top scorer, strikes again