West Ham blown away by the Gunners
PUBLISHED: 14:40 06 January 2019
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WSL: West Ham Women 2 Arsenal Women 4
West Ham Women crashed to a 4-2 defeat to league leaders Arsenal in their first fixture of 2019.
A Jane Ross double proved not enough for the Hammers as Danielle Van De Donk netted twice along with goals from Leah Williamson and Janni Arnth sealed the three points for the Gunners at Rush Green Stadium.
The Hammers broke the deadlock in the 11th minute when Scottish International Jane Ross slotted home at the back post from a Alisha Lehmann cross after she raced onto a bouncing ball behind the Arsenal defence.
Moments later American defender Brooke Hendrix blocked an effort from Champions League top goal scorer Vivianne Miedema inside the box to keep the hosts in front.
In the 17th minute Ross tried her luck from range after being picked out by a long ball from Kate Longhurst but her effort was deflected high up into the air and then cleared by the Gunners back line.
Three minutes later Arsenal striker Miedema should have levelled the score, after turning on the Hammers defence, before laying it off to Van De Donk.
The winger then played it back inside for the 22-year-old former Bayern Munich attacker but her effort was blocked.
Joe Montemurro’s side did eventually claw their way back into the contest as defender Leah Williamson rose up and headed home from a free-kick in the 26th minute.
Just a minute later Dutch International Miedema tried to cross the ball into the box but it was blocked by Gilly Flaherty.
The ball did however bounce back to the attacker who then drilled a shot on goal but goalkeeper Becky Spencer pulled off a vital save.
The visitors then went 2-1 up in the 31st minute as Janni Arnth was left unmarked in the box to head home a Beth Mead corner.
Mead then tried to net one of her own as she turned on the edge of the box and let fly, but her effort was deflected out for a corner.
Matt Beard’s side made it 2-2 two minutes before the break as Brianna Visalli flicked the ball on for striker Ross.
The Scottish International then sent the ball past goalkeeper Pauline Peyreuad-Magnin into the bottom left corner for her second of the match.
Hammers defender Brooke Hendrix was forced to head the ball off the line after a mistake from goalkeeper Becky Spencer early in the second-half.
In the 58th minute Arsenal’s Van De Donk broke clear down the right flank, sent the ball across the box for Miedema, but she can’t get an effort off.
A minute later the visitors went back in front as winger Van De Donk bundled the ball after a deflection into the box.
Van De Donk then grabbed a second just six minutes later as she headed the ball in to make it 4-2.
70: Gunners Kim Little pings a cross in from the right and it just evades Miedema.
74: Hammers Alisha Lehmann races down the right and finds Ross but her effort is blocked.
75: Back the other way Arsenal’s Miedema goes down the right, crosses in, but Spencer gets her hand to it and the ball bounces off Little and off
88: Gunners Kim Little has her effort blocked from point blank range after being picked out by Van De Donk who stole the ball from Hendrix.
West Ham: Spencer, Percival, Hendrix, Flaherty, Lehman, Ross, Rafferty, Longhurst, Sampson, Visalli, Reichardt.
Unused subs: Simic, Moorhouse, Kmita.
Arsenal: Peyraud-Magnin, Arnth, Williamson, Van De Donk, Little (Kuyken 90), Miedema, McCabe, Evans (Quinn 83), Walti, Bloodworth, Mead
Unused subs: Van Veenendaal, Mitchell, Grant, Bailey-Gayle