The latest round of Women Super League matches saw Everton maintain their impressive start to the WSL by beating newly promoted Aston Villa 6-0 at the Walsall’s Bescot Stadium.
Indeed, this victory marked a brilliant week for Willie Kirk’s side, which also secured their spot in the FA Cup final by overcoming League Champions Chelsea and two-time cup winners Birmingham City to set up an encounter with Gareth Taylor’s Manchester City.
The Australian international Hayley Raso opened the scoring for the Toffees in the 20thminute, before quickly making it two by pouncing on a goalkeeping error from Villa keeper Lisa Weiss.
Things went from bad to worse for Gemma Davies’ team as Claire Emslie added a third for the Merseyside club with a curling 20 yard effort before Valerie Gauvin finished off a fine counter attacking move for Everton’s fourth, five minutes before half time.
The second half saw Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah’s attempted cross sail in and Emslie rounded off the scoring with her second of the game and the Toffee’s sixth.
Champions Chelsea return to winning ways
Emma Hayes’ West London side secured a hard fought 1-0 at Birmingham thanks to England international Fran Kirby.
Kirby headed in Scotland’s Erin Cuthbert’s free kick after eight minutes to ensure Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start in the league.
Beth England should have added a second for the Blues but it was controversially ruled out for offside.
In Carla Ward’s third match in charge of Birmingham, they did almost manage to snatch a point late on as Claudia Walker headed Harriet Scott’s cross-just wide.
Ward, however, is still waiting for her first WSL victory in charge of her new team.
Chloe Kelly stars for Manchester City
This weekend, meanwhile, also proved a good weekend for former Everton striker Chloe Kelly.
Kelly helped her new club, Manchester City, to a 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur by scoring two goals. The first was a terrific effort from outside the area and the second was from the penalty spot.
American international Sam Mewis, also capped off an impressive week for her new club with her second goal in the space of four days and England striker Ellen White headed in City’s fourth.
Anna Filbey scored a late consolation for the North London based club, who were still without marque signing Alex Morgan as she still is working her way up to match sharpness, having not played a competitive game for over a year.
The Gunners go top of the WSL
Arsenal recovered from conceding an early goal to Bristol City to secure a 3-1 win.
Jordan Nobbs equalised for Joe Montemurro’s team just before half-time, before Caitlin Foord made it two early in the second half, to ensure that she maintained her impressive early season form.
Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema sealed the victory for the Gunners late on after running onto Beth Mead’s through ball before using the outside of her foot to guide the ball past Sophie Baggaley in the Bristol City goal.
Alessia Russo scores on Manchester United debut
England striker Alessia Russo marked her first start for Casey Stoney’s United with a terrific solo goal as the Red Devils secured a 3-0 win over Hope Powell’s Brighton.
The Seagulls never looked liked getting anything from this one as Ellie Toone’s early penalty helped set United up to clinch a second consecutive victory in the Women Super League.
The Royals edge past the Hammers at Dagenham
Elsewhere, a goal from Lauren Bruton gave Reading a 1-0 victory at West Ham.
Bruton was able to convert Natasha Harding’s cross in the 26thminute of the game, but the result was however marred by an injury to their influential midfielder, Fara Williams.
West Ham, meanwhile, in the second half missed a terrific chance to secure a share of the spoils as Royals’ keeper, Grace Moloney, saved Kenza Dali’s penalty.
The fourth round of matches features an intriguing encounter as Champions Chelsea host last season’s runners-up Manchester City, while league leaders Arsenal travel to Brighton.
Everton will look to maintain their unbeaten start as they host West Ham United and Casey Stoney’s Manchester United travel to face Tottenham Hotspur.
Elsewhere, newly promoted Aston Villa are away at Bristol City and Reading host Carla Ward’s Birmingham City.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United (12:30pm)
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Arsenal (12:30pm)
Everton vs West Ham United (1pm)
Bristol City vs Aston Villa (2pm)
Reading vs Birmingham City (2pm)
Chelsea vs Manchester City (2:30pm)