Half way through the English Women’s Super League, Arsenal Women have extended their lead at the top of the standings in a hard fought contest against Manchester City Women where American Tobin Heath struck late for the Gunners to secure a valuable point.

The Citeh girls were almost over the line with three points in the bag after scoring a controversial goal that should never have been allowed to stand.  The ball deflected off the referee and landed in the path of Citeh’s Lauren Hemp, who broke forward and picked out Khadija Shaw, who slotted it home from close range.

In the dying minutes Arsenal arrived in the box and with Citeh holding a tight line in front of them, Beth Mead made the short pass to Stina Blackstenius but the Swede could not get sight of the goal and managed to slip the ball to her American colleague.  Heath took one touch, controlled and belted it inside the far post past a diving Khiara Keating.

The 92nd strike denied the visitors their seventh straight win and, at the same time, gives Arsenal a two point lead over second place Manchester United with a game in hand.

Arsenal will go up against the Brighton Women on Thursday evening at Meadow Park.

By Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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