The opening weekend of the WSL served up joyous chaos.
Champions Chelsea were beaten by newly-promoted Liverpool, while Aston Villa and Manchester City played out a seven-goal thriller at Villa Park.
But which players particularly impressed on gameweek one of the WSL? Here’s 90min‘s WSL team of the week.
GK: Rachel Laws (Liverpool) – Sharp off her line throughout and hugely dependable in the dying stages as Chelsea threw everything at the Liverpool backline, claiming a number of crosses and helping the Reds preserve their lead.
RB: Ona Batlle (Manchester United) – An absolute live wire, combined really well with new signing Lucía Garcí throughout. Grabbed the assist for United’s fourth with a bursting overlap and pinpoint delivery onto the head of Alessia Russo.
CB: Maya Le Tissier (Manchester United) – A pretty perfect debut for the young defender, netting a first half brace with two well-taken goals from set pieces, and helping her new side to a clean sheet. Looked really confident on the ball and has the makings of an excellent central defensive partnership with Millie Turner.
CB: Niamh Fahey (Liverpool) – Liverpool’s surprise victory over Chelsea was built on a resilient, defensive base, and captain Fahey was key to this. Won numerous headers, made countless clearances and popped up in stoppage time with an important intervention as the Reds held on to all three points.
LB: Ashleigh Neville (Tottenham) – Netted the goal of the weekend with a stunning long range effort to give her side the lead against Leicester, and turned in a typically dogged, energetic performance as Spurs got the season off to the perfect start with a 2-1 victory.
RW: Beth Mead (Arsenal) – Carried on from where she left off this summer with an assist and two goals. Played in Blackstenius for the Gunners’ second, before finding the bottom corner for their third and selling Megan Walsh and Kayleigh Green with a feint before slamming home to wrap up a 4-0 Arsenal victory.
CM: Kenza Dali (Aston Villa) – A really classy performance from the France international as Villa caused Man City’s backline a host of problems. Won the ball back deep inside the City half and unleashed a fizzing effort, which deflected in to level the scores at 3-3. Spotted the run from Kirsty Hanson and played the winger in with a fabulous reverse pass in the build up to Villa’s fourth.
CM: Kim Little (Arsenal) – Opened the scoring for Arsenal with an emphatic finish, creating the space for herself with a superb first touch. Involved in her side’s third with a smart pass to Vivianne Miedema, typically excellent in possession all evening.
LW: Alisha Lehmann (Aston Villa) – One of City’s many tormenters as Villa’s forward line ran riot. Opened the scoring with a bursting run and low finish, before preventing City from clearing their lines in the buildup to Villa’s second.
ST: Rachel Daly (Aston Villa) – A nuisance all afternoon with her constant harrying and hassling. Won the ball back deep in the City half in the buildup to her side’s first, superbly curled home her side’s second and was quickest to react to poke in the winner for Villa. A pretty perfect debut.
ST: Katie Stengel (Liverpool) – Coolly netted a pair of spot kicks as Liverpool stunned champions Chelsea. Showed terrific pace, strength and determination to burst through the Chelsea backline and win the second penalty herself.