Novocastrian superstar Emily van Egmond has officially started life in the FA Women’s Super League in England, making her West Ham United debut in the 54th minute of the London club’s 1–1 draw with rivals Tottenham.
The 27-year-old came off the bench for the Hammers in the opening round of the top-flight English league. She played just over 38 minutes in her opening stint.
West Ham began their 2020-21 campaign with a 1–1 draw away at The Hive in north-west London. Spurs held the lead in the first half through a Grace Fisk own-goal, before Adriana Leon was able to level the clash with a spectacular solo goal.
Leon and substitute Ruby Grant both had chances late to potentially pinch the win for the Hammers, but to no avail.
Van Egmond wasn’t the only Australian star to make her English debut in the match either; her West Ham teammate Mackenzie Arnold played the full game between the sticks, while Alanna Kennedy made her Spurs debut on the other side of the park.
Newcastle’s international star made the switch to London in late August on a loan agreement from NSWL club Orlando Pride. She last played in the W-League, where she won the 2019-20 title with a star-studded Melbourne City outfit.
“I am really excited to join West Ham United,” Van Egmond told whufc.com.
“I’ve heard only good things about this Club. It’s great to join this team in a league that is only getting more and more competitive.
“I am excited to play for this Club and I’ve heard the Women’s Super League in England is definitely on the rise. You can see that in the signings that have come to England, so I’m really excited to be here and I’m excited about the challenge.”