The biggest news at the weekend came in England – former Melbourne City assistant coach Joe Montemurro guided Arsenal Women to their first English Super League title since 2012, in his first full season in charge.

The Gunners defeated Brighton 4-0 to lift the title ahead of Manchester City.

“To coach an Arsenal team to a championship as an Arsenal fan is mind-boggling. It’s something I’d have never thought was possible growing up,” Montemurro told Arsenal media.

In the Bundesliga, SC Freiburg’s Brandon Borrello made the bench for the very first time and was an unused sub in their 2-1 loss to third-placed RB Leipzig. Freiburg are eight points clear from relegation with three games to play.

In Belgium, Danny Vukovic secured another clean sheet for KRC Genk in a 1-0 win over Gent. Vukovic is leading the clean sheets chart having kept 11 this season.

In Austria, James Holland played a full 90 for LASK Linz in their 3-2 win away to Sturm Gratz. LASK are edging closer to UEFA Champions League qualification, sitting in 2nd place with four games to play.

In the English Premier League, Socceroos goalkeeper Matty Ryan and his Brighton side drew 1-1 with Newcastle United. Brighton are four points above the drop zone with two games to play.

In Scotland, Tom Rogic started and played 79 minutes in Celtic’s 1-0 win over Kilmarnock. The Hoops are top of the table on 81 points.

Also in the Scottish Premiership, Mark Milligan played a full match for Hibernian in their 1-1 draw with Heart of Midlothian.

In Korea, Adam Taggart started and played 79 minutes for Suwon Bluewings, who lost 1-0 to eighth placed Pohang Steelers.

Brad Smith made the MLS Team of the Week for Seattle Sounders FC.

As for the Matildas, Alannah Kennedy and Emily van Egmond both started for Orlando Pride and played a full 90 minutes in their 1-0 loss to Utah Royals.

Chicago Red Stars’ Sam Kerr celebrated her 100th appearance in the NWSL. Her team secured their first win of the season, defeating Lydia Williams’ Reign FC 3-0.

Elsewhere in USA, Kyah Simon provided an assist for Rachel Daly’s goal. Unfortunately Simon’s Houston Dash went down to North Carolina Courage 4-1. Matildas teammate and Dash defender Clare Polkinghorne also played in the match and got a full 90 minutes.

Hayley Raso and Steph Catley didn’t play for their respective clubs due to injury.


Louise Taffa