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Arsenal net needed win at Everton

02 November, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

MANAGERLESS Arsenal returned to winning ways on Sunday when they beat Everton Ladies at the Select Security Stadium to secure only their second win of the season in the Women’s Super League.

Stepping out onto the field for the first time since the exit of Pedro Martinez Losa, the Gunners took the lead midway through the first half when Vivianne Miedema shuffled the ball inside the area before finding the space to place an unstoppable shot past Lizzie Durack.

Interim boss Ismael Garcia knew for sure the points were in the bag when Beth Mead confounded the Everton keeper in the 78th minute with a spectacular lobbed volley from distance.

The result leaves Arsenal fourth in the table, five points behind leaders Chelsea, who are coached by former Parliament Hill School pupil Emma Hayes.

The Blues stayed top after thrashing Yeovil Town at Kingsmeadow. The returning Eniola Aluko, playing in her first match since a parliamentary inquiry over racism, scored twice, as did team-mates Crystal Dunn and Karen Carney as Chelsea ran out 6-0 winners.

Meanwhile only the frame of the goal denied Sarah Wiltshire a stoppage-time winner as Tottenham drew away at Watford in WSL 2.

Karen Hills’s side fell behind to Adekite Fatuga-Dada’s effort nine minutes into the second half.

But Spurs responded on the hour mark when Lucia Leon’s effort took a touch off Fatuga-Dada before nest­ling in the back of the net as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

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