Katie McCabe was Arsenal's matchwinner against Bristol City (file photo). Cody Froggatt/Alamy Stock Photo
Women's Super League

Katie McCabe double - including a 25-yard strike - steers Arsenal to WSL win

Earlier on Sunday, Ireland’s Courtney Brosnan was hit for five as Manchester United ran riot at Everton

LAST UPDATE | 22 Oct 2023

IRELAND CAPTAIN KATIE McCabe collected another Player of the Match award as her double earned Arsenal a 2-1 win away to Bristol City in the Women’s Super League.

McCabe rifled in the game’s opening goal from all of 25 yards to give the Gunners the lead in the seventh minute.

Bristol City — seeking their first points of the season — were back on terms within nine minutes thanks to Rachel Furness’s equaliser.

But it was McCabe who proved to be the matchwinner when City failed to clear a corner just before the hour mark, taking one touch before firing past goalkeeper Olivia Clarke.

“I thought I had a bit of time,” McCabe said of her opening goal, “but [I'm thinking] just shoot really. There’s only one thing on my mind. Luckily for me and the team, it hit the back of the net.”

On the second, she added: “I think it’s just showing a bit of composure. It’s not something you really see with me, swinging the right foot at it, but I was delighted to see it hit the back of the net and come away from this place with three points.”

Earlier on Sunday, Courtney Brosnan had a tough day at the office with Everton as Manchester United ran riot in the second half for a 5-0 win in the Women’s Super League today.

The Ireland goalkeeper links up for international duty tomorrow and was left licking her wounds as the Red Devils reponded in devastating fashion from their Champions League exit against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.

Brosnan enjoyed her first WSL start of the campaign last weekend and kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 Merseyside derby win over Liverpool at Anfield.

But the Ireland stopper came crashing back down to earth ahead of the Nations League double header with Albania as United proved too good during the second 45 minutes.

They were ahead after 14 minutes when Brosnan was beaten by a Melvine Malard header and she was needed again before the break to deny Nikita Parris making it two.

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The England international wouldn’t be denied after the interval and her strike on 58 minutes opened the floodgates.

A Rachel Williams double on 77 and 85 minutes was followed up by Parris also completing her brace in injury time for a five-star show.

Brosnan’s Ireland teammate Heather Payne also completed the 90 minutes while the returning Megan Campbell was an unused substitute.

Izzy Atkinson managed the last quarter of an hour off the bench for West Ham United as they secured a last-gasp 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool courtesy of Japan international Riko Ueki’s equaliser.

Defending champions Chelsea came from one goal down against Brighton to win 4-2 and remain level on points with league leaders Manchester City.

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