Women’s football is well and truly back, with both the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship league seasons getting under way at the weekend.
There was no shortage of drama across the countries as old foes renewed acquaintances, players strutted their stuff in new colours, and, of course, there were goals, goals and more goals.
The women that cross that white line are the undisputed stars of the show – here are the top three performers from the weekend’s action.
Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal)
Plenty was expected of Vivianne Miedema when she arrived at Arsenal at the start of last season.
As fate would have it, she may not have regularly hit the high notes last term, scoring just four league goals, but the Dutch hotshot has begun the new campaign like a house on fire.
Looking a lot more like the player that was so devastating for the Netherlands during the 2017 European Championships, the 22-year-old struck a fine hat-trick in the Gunners’ 5-0 dismantling of Liverpool.
Miedema also ensured she had a hand in every goal, setting up both Lisa Evans and Kim Little to sound off a sublime individual showing.
Lucy Graham (Bristol City)
Lucy Graham won’t forget her FA Women’s Super League debut in a hurry.
As Bristol City tussled with a spirited Brighton & Hove Albion, who impressed in their first-ever game in the top tier, it became ever-clearer that something special would be required to break the deadlock.
The 21-year-old midfielder, a summer signing from Hibernian who has been capped once by Scotland to date, spied Seagulls goalie Laura Hartley off her line before lobbing her from fully 25 yards, bagging a spectacular match-winner.
Jess Sigsworth (Manchester United)
Jess Sigsworth was the top-scorer in the second tier last term, bagging 15 goals for Doncaster Rovers Belles.
The striker looks as though she’ll take some catching this term by clinching a third of that total as Manchester United thumped Aston Villa 12-0 on their FA Women’s Championship debut.
The 24-year-old bagged a stunning five-goal haul as Casey Stoney’s Red Devils ruthlessly filled their boots at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground in Boldmere.
If that’s what Sigsworth can do in one game, imagine how many times she will have found the back of the net by with by the end of the season.
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