The penultimate gameweek of the 2021/22 WSL season was played on Saturday and Sunday, with all 12 clubs involved as the campaign prepares to reach a dramatic conclusion.
There were handsome big wins for both Arsenal and Manchester City as they chase down Chelsea and Manchester United respectively. United also enjoyed a convincing, if slightly smaller victory, while Chelsea just about scraped by an increasingly resilient Birmingham.
Read on for 90min’s latest WSL team of the week…
Vivianne Miedema added another two goals to her season tally / Paul Harding/GettyImages
GK: Demi Lambourne (Leicester): Made three saves during her side’s 0-0 draw with Reading, including one in stoppage time to preserve the point, edging closer to confirmed safety.
RB: Faye Bryson (Reading): Regularly won the ball back throughout for the Royals against the Foxes, contributing to an overdue run without a clean sheet.
CB: Maria Thorisdottir (Man Utd): Put her body on the line with big blocks – one took her right off her feet – that gave United the platform to record a clean sheet.
CB: Leah Williamson (Arsenal): Continued to play the deep-lying play-maker role so well. Found the gaps between Aston Villa’s lines for the Gunners’ first two goals of their 7-0 rout.
LB: Steph Catley (Arsenal): Put in a fine performance and was always looking to get forward. Linked up particularly well with Katie McCabe in that sense.
RM: Martha Thomas (Man Utd): Exorcised last week’s demons by scoring her team’s earlier opener against West Ham and also forced the subsequent own goal with a run and cross.
CM: Caroline Weir (Man City): Exuded class once more as her team marches towards the final Champions League place. Came away from the weekend with two assists and a goal.
CM: Jackie Groenen (Man Utd): Her best qualities aren’t always reflected in the stats, but United’s comprehensive win was underpinned by her outstanding performance.
LM: Lauren Hemp (Man City): Marked her 100th City appearance with a typically electric performance, contributing a goal and assist in the second half.
ST: Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal): Two early goals set the tone for the Gunners and takes the Dutch superstar onto 14 goals for the WSL season.
ST: Khadija Shaw (Man City): Literally doubled her WSL goal tally for the season in one game thanks to her four-goal haul against Brighton. Now City’s joint top scorer in the league.
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