The top two side of the WSL, Chelsea and Manchester United both suffered shock defeats over the weekend. Chelsea were beaten 2-1 at home to Brighton, while United fell to Reading 2-0.
Manchester City took advantage of the teams above them losing by beating Arsenal by two goals to one. Bristol City gained a point with a draw at West Ham, and Everton and Birmingham drew 1-1. Saturday’s game saw Aston Villa beat Tottenham by a goal to nil.
Chelsea 1 v 2 Brighton
Brighton bounced back from defeat to Bristol City last weekend by ending Chelsea’s 33 game unbeaten run. Chelsea started with Harder, Kirby and Ji So-Yun on the bench, took the lead after five minutes though Sam Kerr
Kerr had a chance saved by Megan Welsh before her goal. From Beth England’s cross, Kerr saw her effort kept out by Walsh. But the forward got her 10th goal of the season heading in from Erin Cuthbert’s corner.
The lead lasted just three minute’s as Aileen Whelan headed in from Megan Connolly’s corner at the far post. Whelan got in behind Ingle to head in from close range.
Chelsea dominated the first half and peppered the Brighton goal looking to regain the lead. Beth England saw her shot hit the bar and Jonna Andersson shot well over.
On 56 minutes Emma Hayes sent out Ji So-Yun, Fran Kirby and Pernille Harder as Chelsea looked to get a second goal. The subs looked to get Chelsea back in front as Kirby and Ji linked with Andersson down the left. Harder flicked the ball goal wards from Andersson’s cross but the post sent the ball into the arms of Whelan.
Brighton’s hard work and determination at back paid off on 78 minutes as they took the lead against the run of play. Megan Connally’s corner going straight into the goal as Telford was unable to keep it out.
Brighton held on despite Chelsea pressure as Williams blocked Ji’s shot, and then she was able to block again as Harder shot at goal.
Manchester United 0 v 2 Reading
United missed the chance to return to the top of the table as they lost at home to Reading.
The Royals had the first chance in an even first half. Rachel Rowe heading back across goal only to see the ball bonce across the goal line. Reading were not here to sit down for United as Eikeland put her shot just wide after a good cross from Rowe.
United had a great chance to take the lead as Ella Tonne met Hanson’s pull back but her effort hit the post and fell to Grace Moloney in the Reading goal. Katie Zelem’s cross was met in the box by Galton but she headed straight at the keeper.
Moloney denied Galton again in the second half saving well with her foot. Ona Batlle sent a low shot towards goal but Moloney was down well to get a hand on it on turn it round the post.
Reading went close again as Angharad James forced Earps to push her shot over the bar. Reading did take the lead from a in swinging corner Mary Earps was able to claim which give Harding a close range header to make it one nil.
Just two minutes after their first Reading had a second from Dan Carter. Emma Mitchell sending in the ball from a free-kick, with Carter unmarked in the six yard box to head in.
United were unable to find a way back into the game as Reading held on to win.
Arsenal 1 v 2 Manchester City
Ellen White gave City the lead after 24 minutes with a stunning finish from Chloe Kelly’s cross. A quality ball in from the right from Kelly was met by White who hammered the ball into the net.
Arsenal did have the ball in the City net thanks to a lovely piece of passing play but Jill Roord was offside.
Arsenal levelled after 57 minutes thanks to Caitlin Foord. Catching City on the break Miedema playing in Roord who then picked out Foord to score. Playing the ball back across the goal giving Ellie Roebuck no chance.
City looked for a winner and Ellen White saw her effort come back off the post before Lauren Hemp’s effort from the rebound was blocked.
City however were not to be denied a sixth straight win as Lauren Hemp got the winner in the 78th minute. Chole Kelly cutting in from the right and sending a cross in the box which was met by the head of Hemp to make it 2-1 to City.
West Ham United 1 v 1 Bristol City
After getting their first WSL win last week Bristol City had the chance to move of the foot of the table as they met West Ham. A win for West Ham would see them five points clear of City with a game in hand.
Ebony Salmon had the first chance of the game firing a volley towards goal but comfortably saved by Mackenzie Arnold. On a cold and snowy day Yana Daniels tried her luck from long range but Arnold collected.
Bristol good start was rewarded with a goal. Molly Pikes corner turned into her own net by Emily van Egmond after Arnold failed to gather the ball.
As the snow started to cover the pitch Salmon had the chance to make it 2-0 but her shot came back off the post.
The conditions not helping Bristol City keeper Sophie Baggaley failed to catch but Bristol were able to clear the loose ball.
West Ham were level four minutes after the break. Katerina Svitkova eventually scoring after a scrabble inside the Bristol City box.
Baggaley kept the score line level with a magnificent save from Laura Vetterlein’s free kick. Bristol could have won the game but a combination of last gasp defending and the woodwork meaning the side draw.
Aston Villa 1 v 0 Tottenham Hotspur
Mana Iwabuchi made two goals in four games for Villa as her goal gave Villa a 1-0 win. Out of nothing the Japanese International sent a curling shot into the far corner of the goal form 25 yards. Villa leading after 12 minutes.
Tottenham had the run of play but struggled to hit the target as shot after shot went over or wide of the goal.
Everton 1 v 1 Birmingham City
Everton took the lead at Walton Hall Park as Danielle Turner’s free kick on the edge of the box went over wall and into the bottom corner of the goal. Blues keeper Hannah Hampton left rooted to the spot from the quality of the shot.
Birmingham levelled on 34 minutes after Everton’s Izzy Christiansen was penalised for a hand ball in the box. Claudia Walker stepped up to take the spot kick, her poorly placed penalty was saved by Korpela but Jamie-Lee Napier was first to the loose ball to turn it in.
Everton pushed for the winner more in the second half but neither side could craft any real chances.