WSL: Yeovil 0 Arsenal 0
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Arsenal Women were frustrated by Yeovil in a goalless stalemate.
The visitors started the stronger as Heather O’Reilly, Dominique Janssen and Danielle Carter all had chances but couldn’t find their way past a stubborn Yeovil defence.
The Lady Glovers carved out their first chance of the game in the 13th minute when Jessie Jones tested Gunners’ keeper Anna Moorhouse with a long-range effort.
On 24 minutes, Louise Quinn brought the best out of Lady Glovers’ keeper Megan Walsh, when she produced a powerful headed effort following a Jordan Nobbs corner, which Walsh was able to turn behind.
In the 32nd minute, Beth Mead broke free of the Yeovil defence and had the beating of Walsh, but Thierry-Jo Gauvin was able to clear her effort off the line.
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Walsh was called into action again as she produced a stunning reflex save to deny Danielle Van De Donk.
Jones threatened again for Yeovil on when she spotted Moorhouse off her line and attempted a long-range effort, but Moorhouse managed to recover in time to palm it away.
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In the second half, Arsenal continued to enjoy the majority of the possession, with the pick of their chances falling to substitute Vivianne Miedema on 65 minutes, but she was denied by Walsh.
American international O’Reilly connected with a cross from skipper Nobbs and headed against the bar, before the hosts managed to clear the rebound.
Deep in injury time, Mead cut inside before testing Walsh with a shot on the turn, which she tipped over the bar for a corner, as the Lady Glovers clung onto clinch a hard-earned point.
Arsenal host Liverpool on Tuesday and boss Joe Montemurro said: “All credit to Yeovil with the way that they came out, but we weren’t good enough today.
“When they (Yeovil) came out they had a game plan and we weren’t good enough to break them down.
“We couldn’t break them down and we couldn’t get a goal and we couldn’t get what we wanted out of the game today.
“We can learn a lot from today – it’s very difficult, they do link up well in the middle areas and we couldn’t break them down and in the end we couldn’t squeeze out a result.
“Part of the game is about putting your chances away and scoring – and we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal.
“Our objectives are fair – we got a point, but we couldn’t get a goal.
“Each game has it’s own challenge and today was one challenge that we didn’t get over the line but we look towards the Liverpool game now.
“We’ll see where they can hurt us. We are off for four days now and we look forward to the next challenge.
“Third spot isn’t where we want to be and it’s not something that we want to be satisfied with, that’s the reality.
“We want to keep fighting – we can still get a top-two spot. We’ve clawed closer and we’ve just got to hope that we keep our momentum going and make sure that we can control what we can control.
“Today’s finished with and we can start planning what we will a big game against Liverpool.”
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Arsenal: Moorhouse, Evans, Williamson (Little 36), Quinn, McCabe, Janssen, Nobbs, Van de Donk, O’Reilly (Miedema 52), Carter, Mead. Unused subs: Van Veendahl, Kuyken, Ngunga, Cooke, Mitchell.