The Barclays FA Women’s Super League was back with a bang for round two this weekend and plenty of players were out to impress.
Some may have thought it would have been difficult to match the performances of the opening weekend with Caroline Weir, Bethany England and Beth Mead all making headlines with their stunning season openers.
But that seems to have only fuelled the rest of the division as there were plenty of outstanding performers on display on week two - here are three of our standouts.
The Barclays FA Women’s Super League may have only been back for two weeks, but it certainly hasn’t been short of screamers, Everton’s Chloe Kelly being the latest to join the early contenders for goal of the season with her wonder strike against Bristol City.
The 21-year-old striker scored both goals in the Toffees’ 2-0 win over Bristol City but it was her second strike that really got the away fans out of their seats.
Kelly fired an unstoppable effort from 30 yards out straight into the top corner, leaving Bristol’s Sophie Baggaley with no chance.
After Willie Kirk’s Everton stumbled their way through the 2018-19 season, finishing second from bottom with just 12 points, Kelly’s firepower could prove vital in lifting them towards the top half of the table this season.
It’s not only Everton who could benefit from Kelly already bursting to life this campaign. With the Lionesses front line hit by injury, she could earn herself her first call-up since November 2018.
After the departure of last season’s top scorer Nikita Parris to Lyon and injuries to Ellen White, Georgia Stanway and Lauren Hemp, some Manchester City fans were fearing their side could struggle for goals in the early stages of the season – but it didn’t take long for Pauline Bremer to come to the rescue.
Bremer hasn’t had the easiest of journeys since signing for City two years ago, a broken leg ruling her out for most of the last two seasons but when she got the chance to impress on her return, she grabbed it with both hands.
The German international scored twice to lift Nick Cushing’s side to a 2-0 victory away at Reading on Sunday following her brace in the 7-1 win against Lugano in the Champions League midweek.
Two games, four goals. If Bremer continues at this place, Manchester City fans shouldn’t have much to worry about.
If scoring a match-winning goal isn’t enough, imagine doing it in your side’s first-ever home game in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
Few players will be familiar with that feeling. Tottenham’s Rachel Furness is, though.
Furness’ first-half penalty was enough for Spurs to run out 1-0 winners over Liverpool in their first-ever top-flight match at the Hive on Sunday – a moment that will surely live long in the Northern Ireland striker’s memory.
22 players, 1 dominant football performance, lots of brilliant fans of all ages, 1 goal for the history of @SpursWomen, a very proud staff team, 1 clean sheet and the most important:— Juan Carlos Amoros (@JuanC_Amoros) September 16, 2019
3 first POINTS in the @BarclaysFAWSL
Thank you all!#HappyMondays#ForTheNextFinal pic.twitter.com/wM9cW041fp
After only narrowly missing out on three points to Chelsea on the opening weekend, Spurs’ start to life in the top division is looking bright.
Karen Hill’s side look well up for giving the top sides a run for their money this year and judging by Sunday’s performance, Furness will be key in ensuring their future success.
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