arsenal kicked off a thrilling final day of the women’s Super League season with a win over rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium, putting them a point behind leaders Chelsea.
A 3-0 win thanks to an early beth met Strike – her third of two WSL Games in the Emirates this season – and Caitlin Foord’s double in the second half meant the title race will go all the way to the end.
These north London neighbors were due to meet here on March 26 but the game was postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak in the Spurs squad.
Postponing the game to the penultimate game of the campaign only added to the mood as Arsenal and Tottenham met for the first time at the Emirates.
Arsenal travel to West Ham on Sunday knowing they will be crowned champions if they can improve on Chelsea’s result against Champions League rivals Manchester United.
A sign of Tottenham’s improvement came when Arsenal needed an injury-time equaliser Vivianne Miedema however, when the sides met earlier in the campaign, it became a more comfortable night.
This time, with a title still within reach, Arsenal were ahead when the clock struck four minutes.
Mead conceded a pass Leah Williamson and drove into the box before scoring her sixth goal in as many WSL games.
That was as good a first half as Spurs largely kept the hosts at bay, Miedema shot wide and Foord Tinja-Riikka Korpela elicited a clever save.
The second half followed a similar pattern until Spurs napped in a routine around a short corner with 19 minutes to go.
Foord slipped at the back post to convert Miedema’s low shot and doubled the lead.
The local derby element of the competition came soon after as the players rose up after a hasty fight by Maeva Clemaron against Lia Walti.
The points were secured in style as Foord stooped home on their second night before Angela Addison hit the post with a last-gap penalty for Spurs, while Arsenal delivered a riveting battle with Chelsea until the final round.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/womens_football/arsenal-wsl-super-league-beth-mead-gunners-b2071799.html Arsenal lead the WSL title race into the final day with a win over Tottenham