Women’s Super League Round Up: Week Three

Spurs defeated London rivals West Ham in front of the second–largest attendance in Women Super League history, at the London Stadium.

Title favourites Arsenal and Manchester City meanwhile both continued their impressive starts to the season by beating Brighton and Everton respectively.

Elsewhere Manchester United won their first ever Super League match against fierce rivals Liverpool

Finally, Chelsea proved to be too strong for West Country side, Bristol City.

Spurs spoil West Ham’s London Stadium debut

A crowd of 24,790 watched Tottenham beat London rivals West Ham United 2-0.

Striker Rianna Dean scored the opening goal on her first start of the season in the 36th minute with a brilliant header before Birthday girl, Lucy Quinn came off the bench to make the points safe seven minutes from time. This secured Spurs’ first away victory in the Super League.

The hosts however, were made to rue missing a number of second half opportunities that included Adriana Leon wide header from six yards.

Arsenal and Manchester City continue hundred per cent starts

Both Arsenal and Manchester City kept up their perfect records after three Super League matches.

City however were made to work hard for their 1-0 victory over Everton, with England captain Steph Houghton grabbing the only goal of the game in the seventh minute from a corner.

The Toffee’s almost grabbed a late equaliser at the death through Lucy Graham, however Canadian forward, Janine Beckie was able to clear her header off the line.

The Gunners’ achieved a much more routine victory as they put in an impressive 4-0 display against Brighton.

Club Captain Kim Little provided the early break through for her side, before last season’s top scorer, Vivianne Miedema opened up her account to double Arsenal’s advantage.

Miedema then turned provider for her Dutch teammate, Danielle van de Donk, who made it 3-0.  Finally England midfielder, Jordan Nobbs rounded off the scoring with an 18-yard strike.

United win first Women Super League game

Manchester United secured a 2-0 win against rivals Liverpool in their first-ever Super League meeting.

Second half goals from Lauren James, sister of Chelsea full back Reece James, and a late penalty from Katie Zelem ensured the Red Devils of their first points of the campaign.

A crowd of over 2,800 at the Leigh Sports Village watched what was a rather tense affair with United hitting the woodwork on three occasions. The Red Devils proved good value for their win.

Chelsea too good for Bristol City

The Blues moved into third place with a comfortable 4-0 win at Bristol City.

Norway midfielder, Guro Reiten scored twice in the first ten minutes, before Ji So-Yun added Chelsea’s third seven minutes later.

Sophie Ingle then finished off from close range in the second half to leave Chelsea with seven points from three matches. Winless Bristol City meanwhile is down in 10th position.

Birmingham City versus Reading – Postponed

There was meant to be a sixth match for the week, however it was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Birmingham.  The new date for the fixture is yet to be announced.

What next?

Round four of the Women Super League features a top of the table clash between rivals Chelsea and Arsenal at The Cherry Red Records Stadium. 

Newly promoted sides Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United meet at Spurs’ Hive Stadium.

While Liverpool plays fellow strugglers Bristol City, both sides will be looking for their first wins of the season. 

Manchester City will look to take advantage of their title rivals facing each other as they host Birmingham City.

The final two games see Reading against Everton and Brighton take on West Ham United.

Dates of next WSL Fixtures

Saturday 12th October

Manchester City vs Birmingham City Kick off (2pm)

Sunday 13th October

Liverpool vs Bristol City  (12pm)

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United (12:30pm)

 Reading vs Everton (2pm)

 Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Ham United (2pm)

 Chelsea vs Arsenal (3pm)

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