Pernille Harder during the Chelsea v Bristol City fixture at Kingsmeadow - Photo by FA Photographer

All out attack – The stats behind the FAWSL’s most relentless attacks

It was a case of goals, goals and more goals for the early season pacesetters in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League at the weekend.

There were 31 goals scored across the six matches in total with 24 of those strikes coming from the sides occupying the top four positions in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table.

London pair Arsenal and Chelsea both scored nine goals, Manchester United hit five while Everton were the exception to the goal blitz with Willie Kirk’s side finding the back of the net just once.

The number of goals scored does not tell the full picture on what was a weekend of relentless attacking football from the sides at the top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table.

West Ham United 1 Arsenal 9

Arsenal were at their clinical best against West Ham United at The Chigwell Construction Stadium on Saturday evening. Helped by the dismissal of home skipper Gilly Flaherty, The Gunners converted half of their attempts on target while their 25 efforts on the West Ham United goal works out at a shot every 3.76 minutes over the course of the 90 minutes.

In two Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches, Arsenal have registered 46 goal attempts in which they have netted 15 goals. You wouldn’t want to be Tottenham Hotspur, Joe Montemurro’s side mean business.

Everton 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0

The most laboured performance from a club in the current top four saw Everton register a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur which was nothing flash, but ultimately got the all-important three points on the board. The Blue Girls registered eight shots on goal with just three of those being on target.

Sometimes in football it is simply about winning. This is an Everton side which is growing and they will only get stronger and more dominant the more games that they play. Opponents Spurs were a potential banana skin but there was to be no shock at Walton Hall Park.

Birmingham City 2 Manchester United 5

Manchester United boss Casey Stoney has recruited well over the summer and her side were certainly firing on all cylinders at Birmingham City. It was a day for some of the more long-serving members of the squad with Jane Ross, Katie Zelem, Ella Toone and Kirsty Hanson all getting their names on the scoresheet.

United converted five of their 12 shots on target while they registered 24 shots on goal. Attack was definitely the best form of defence for Stoney’s side who are now looking like a major force in what is their second season in the top flight.

Chelsea 9 Bristol City 0

The strength-in-depth in Emma Hayes’ Chelsea side this season is truly phenomenal and this was highlighted as they demolished lowly Bristol City 9-0 at Kingsmeadow. Nine different goalscorers, 77% of the ball and 39 shots on goal, this was a complete onslaught handed out by The Blues.

Chelsea netted nine goals from 21 shots on target. They managed to test or beat Sophie Baggaley every 4.52 minutes while they took aim at goal every 2.44 minutes, that is shot every 0.32 minutes less than Arsenal managed against Bristol City in their 11-1 mauling at Meadow Park last season. It was a breathtaking performance from the South West Londoners which will have left the rest of the league dreading a trip to Kingsmeadow.

In total, the current top four were just four shots short of a combined tally of 100 last weekend. While there are now some outstanding players playing their football in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, there is a real gulf in class between some clubs and you wouldn’t bet against more huge scorelines and more complete dominance throughout the season.

 

Stats: BBC Sport

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