Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
The latest round of the Women Super League saw the double American World Cup winner Alex Morgan score her first goal for her new club to help them on their way to a 3-1 victory over Hope Powell’s Brighton & Hove Albion.
More crucially, however, it secured the North London side’s first win of the WSL campaign as well as giving new Head Coach, Rehanne Skinner a first victory. Spurs opened the scoring in the 11thminute of the game through a curling left footed free kick from Kerys Harrop. The Seagulls equalised from the penalty spot in the 33rdminute thanks to a composed finish from Inessa Kaagman.
In the second half Spurs were able to restore their advantage through Angela Addison, who broke through from midfield before calmly slotting it past the Brighton keeper Megan Walsh.
The win was subsequently secured six minutes from time through a Alex Morgan penalty, which was awarded following a foul on Ria Percival.
Following the game, Skinner said:
“Obviously we’ve worked really hard over the last couple of weeks, the players have gone into the game with a really positive mentality and it’s translated on the pitch.
“The three points are massive for the club, it starts to move us in the direction that we want to be moving in, and I think they deserved it on the balance of play.”
When asked about Morgan scoring her first WSL goal, Skinner said:
“Alex has been building up her time on the pitch over the course of the last couple of months. For her, she’s getting more and more back to where she would probably want to be.”
Champions Chelsea make it 12 in a row at home
Chelsea 3-2 West Ham United
Australian international Sam Kerr, meanwhile, helped Chelsea set a new Women Super League record as they beat London rivals West Ham 3-2.
The win was in front of 700 supporters at the Blues’ home of Kingsmedow and marked the first time that the WSL was able to welcome fans since the easing of restrictions earlier this week.
Kerr gave Emma Hayes’ side the early lead after she was able to turn in a Fran Kirby low cross. The Hammers, managed by caretaker Billy Stewart following Matt Beard’s departure last month were able to respond in the second half through new signing Rachel Daly, who slotted home Adriana Leon’s pin point cross.
The parity only lasted eight minutes as Kerr was able to grab her second from close range before completing her hat trick mid-way through the second half.
An own goal from Swedish defender Magdalena Eriksson two minutes from the end set up a tense finish but the Blues were able to hold on to the victory.
The Blues will next be action on Wednesday afternoon whey they travel to Portugal to face Benfica for the first leg of their Champions League round of 32 tie.
Manchester United maintain unbeaten start to the WSL
Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester United
Casey Stoney’s United were able to continue their unbeaten run in the Women Super League. They secured a 2-0 win at newly promoted Aston Villa.
The Reds opened the scoring through Leah Galton, who finished off some terrific one touch passing on the edge of the Villa penalty area mid-way through the first half.
United remained dominant for much of the game but had to wait until the 89thminute to be sure of the points through a brilliant lop over the keeper from Ella Toone.
Stoney’s team remain top of the WSL, but are just one point ahead of Arsenal and have a three-point advantage over champions Chelsea, with Hayes’ side having played a game less.
Gunners move to within one point of the leaders
Arsenal 3-0 Birmingham City
Joe Montemurro’s Arsenal team were able to produce a strong display to see off Carla Ward’s Birmingham.
The Gunners captain Kim Little did miss a penalty mid-way through the first half and had to wait until the second half to break the deadlock. Caitlin Foord headed the ball in off the post before Jill Roord added a quick second five minutes later.
Little was able to make up for her penalty miss by making sure of the win by calmly converting from the spot in the 87thminute, sealing a 3-0 win.
Caroline Weir impresses for City against Everton
Everton 0-3 Manchester City
Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor had high praise for influential midfielder Caroline Weir following his sides 3-0 at Everton.
Weir was able to produce a hat trick of first half assists to ensure her side leapfrog the Toffees in the WSL table.
The Scottish international was able to set up England striker Ellen White, Gemma Bonner and Janine Beckie with three excellent deliveries.
Following the game, Taylor said:
“She showed her class (Weir) with her ability, like picking out the goal for Janine. She was great.
“She’s had a difficult period going away with Scotland. They didn’t qualify but to come back and produce that performance shows what she’s about.”
City now sit fourth in the table and face a key month as they open their Champions League campaign with a trip to Swedish side Goteborg, while in the league they are set to play second place Arsenal next Sunday.
Sophie Baggaley inspires the Robins to draw at Reading
Reading 1-1 Bristol City
The weekend’s final game saw Bristol City earn just their second point of the season away at Reading.
City took the lead in the first half through Emma Bissell, who scored her first WSL goal. England international Fara Williams was, however, able to equalise for the Royals shortly after half time.
From there you would have expected Reading to go on and win the game but they could not find anyway past the inspired City keeper Sophie Baggaley, who saved a one-on-one against Danielle Carter and also impressively denied Jess Fishlock.