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It was a valiant effort however to no avail on the ultimate day as our West Ham Ladies knowledgeable Michelle Irons appears again on the loss to Arsenal.

With the Gunners hoping to reap the benefits of any slip up from Chelsea to assert the title on the final, the Hammers had their work minimize out to match them.

Finally two second-half objectives from Stina Blackstenius and Steph Catley took the factors, whereas club captain Gilly Flaherty performed her final recreation in a West Ham shirt, and Irons reviewed the motion.

Talking solely to West Ham Zone she mentioned: “So closing day of the season towards championship-chasing Arsenal. They have been in search of a win right here and positively made the final day of the season thrilling. 

West Ham made two modifications with Lisa Evans and Katerina Svitkova out, Gilly Flaherty coming again in for what was her final recreation for the club, and Evans clearly not having the ability to play for her mother or father club as she was on loan.

“The followers of each residence and away have been in nice voice and it made a extremely good environment. London derby video games are all the time good and the tackles have been flying in early, with Noelle Maritz making a robust problem on Zaneta Wyne for the primary reserving of the sport. 

Arsenal attacked down our proper a handful of instances to no impact, with Hawa Cissoko wanting sturdy. She was having an actual battle with Beth Mead.

“Adriana Leon was wanting sharp and had the chance to ship in a number of useless balls which stored the Arsenal defence awake in what was a great opening from West Ham.

Noises across the floor indicated that Chelsea have been at present dropping which buoyed the away group and so they began to manage the sport, having a number of probabilities in a brief area of time.

“There was additionally a blatant dive within the field from Mead and he or she ought to have been booked for that. 

After 20 minutes it was 74% possession in favour of Arsenal so it was going to be an extended afternoon for the Hammers, however the residence aspect have been sturdy and cussed. 

Arsenal got here out with a job to do realizing that the Chelsea end result was within the stability and having to win the sport to be topped Champions.

West Ham had some shiny passing actions however Arsenal’s defence was as cussed as ours.

The inevitable breakthrough got here when Arsenal took cost and introduced on their absolute Rolls Royce of a participant Stina Blackstenius, who had been on the pitch for about 40 seconds earlier than she rifled residence.

“She was left utterly open and had sufficient time to fastidiously slot previous the spectacular Mackenzie Arnold low and clear. 

Only a few minutes later Arsenal doubled their lead, which appeared suspicious because the ball was picked up by Steph Catley after what appeared like a foul.

“The referee ignored it and the ball was taken on and smashed into the online.

I might say that it’s unfortunate however when Arsenal took it up a gear they’re unstoppable.

For the rest of the sport after that West Ham had some good touches, and the ball was swung in late for the departing Flaherty to hit the bar which might have been a beautiful parting reward, however sadly that was it as Arsenal cruised to the win. 

“Total it was a great efficiency from West Ham however there was nothing to indicate for it ultimately.” 

After a robust begin to the season extra may need been anticipated from the group by way of league place, however a run of only one WSL win within the closing six video games left the Hammers squarely in mid-table.

Sixth place isn’t dreadful however their early-season kind advised they might begin to problem the highest 4, and at the very least be better of the remainder ahead of Tottenham.

And with various gamers despatched to go away it may very well be a really completely different wanting squad subsequent season as they appear to enhance on this season’s end.

In different West Ham information, the lads’s group need to tie a star participant all the way down to a “bumper” new contract that might “double his cash” up stage to the club’s highest-paid.

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