Arsenal Ladies began their FA WSL 1 Spring Series campaign with a draw against a determined Sunderland Ladies side.
Arsenal Ladies had numerous chances to take the lead early on in the game. Former Sunderland Ladies midfielder Jordan Nobbs and Danielle Carter could have got Arsenal’s Spring Series off to the perfect start but Sunderland held firm. The home side then had a great chance to break the deadlock. Dominique Bruinenberg’s header was saved brilliantly by Sari Van Veenendaal. Arsenal continued to dominate but were unable to take the lead.
After the break, both teams were trying to score their first goal of the Spring Series. Heather O’Reilly failed to score from a dangerous cross into the box while Bruinenberg’s effort from the edge of the area was once again tipped over by Arsenal keeper Van Veenendaal. Arsenal hit the post through Danielle Van de Donk as the referee blew for a Sunderland foul.
For all their possession, Arsenal didn’t trouble Sunderland as much as they should have. Sunderland, having drawn their first match of the season, were happy to settle for the same result again.
Jordan Nobbs produced a decent strike but Anke Preuss ensured that the score remained goalless. Arsenal continued to push for the winner but they were unable to get past Sunderland’s resolute defence
The match finished all square with Arsenal frustrated that they couldn’t claim all three points. Considering Arsenal had an extra week to prepare for this match, they could have do much better. Having said that, Sunderland executed their game plan to perfection and will be pleased with their second goalless draw of the Spring Series.