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FA WSL round up: City come out on top in the Derby

Manchester City came out on top in the Manchester Derby on Friday night. Lucy Bronze and Laruen Hemp putting City two up, before a stunning chip from Caroline Weir made it 3-0.

Reading drew 1-1 with Everton after Rachel Rowe give the home side a 1-0 lead at half time. Denmark international Nicoline Sorensen got Everton’s equaliser after 77 minutes.

Elsewhere, in a preview to the Conti Cup Final Chelsea run riot and put five past Bristol City. Fran Kirby (2), Pernille Harder, Sam Kerr and Beth England all on the scoresheet for The Blues.

Finally Aston Villa’s home match against Arsenal was called off due to a frozen pitch.

Manchester City 3-0 Manchester United

On a bitterly cold night at The Academy Stadium Manchester United looked to stay above their City rivals.

In form Leah Galton was played in by Jackie Groenen, but Galton’s ball across the six yard box was cleared by Alex Greenwood.

The deadlock was broken in the 23rd minute by Lucy Bronze. United failed to clear Chole Kelly’s corner and the ball fell to Bronze who smashed the ball into the far corner.

Georgia Stanway’s cross almost caught out United Keeper Mary Earps going just over the bar and onto the roof of the net.

Hayley Ladd fired a shot wide as United looked for an equaliser. Kelly not clearing from a United free kick, the loose ball finding Ladd and shooting on the turn put the ball wide.

Ellen White forced Earps into a decent save with her overhead kick attempt. Kelly’s cross finding White who initial shot was blocked, White went for the spectacular with the rebound.

United were dealt another blow just before the break as Leah Galton was forced off. In an off the ball incident, the United player was helped from the field looking in some discomfort.

Earps was again called into action saving from White. Laruen Hemps low cross from the left finding White inside the box. The forward’s first time effort was pushed away by Earps.

United tried to get back into the game, Christen Press attempting a lob over a advancing Ellie Roebuck but she put her effort over.

Press saw another shot blocked by a combination of Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton.

City weathered the pressure from united and extended their lead on 71 minutes. Chole Kelly firing a shot which Earps pushed away but the ball found Hemp who’s left footed shot flicked off Amy Turner and into the goal.

Caroline Weir wrapped up the Derby win for City with a potential goal of the season. Picking up a loose ball Weir’s left footed chip went over the stretching Earps.

Caroline Weir scores stunning goal in Manchester Derby.

City pick up the win and move into second in the WSL table five points off leaders Chelsea with a game in hand.

Reading 1-1 Everton

Reading started brightly with Amalie Eikeland forcing a save from Everton keeper Korpela. Eikeland again could only find the gloves of Korpela with a long range shot straight at the keeper.

Eikeland was causing Everton problems as she hit the post after Rowe’s free kick. Natasha Harding then headed over form the rebound.

Readings pressure told after 34 minutes as Rachel Rowe put the home side ahead. Sam Carter was unable to put in from Lilly Woodham’s cross but the ball fell to Rowe who had on open goal to aim at.

Everton started to pressure the home side in the second half. With out troubling the goal Everton had several half chances but did get the equaliser. Nicoline Sorensen heading in after 77 minutes. Wold’s cross to the far post was met by Sorensen who headed in to level the game.

Neither side could find a second goal with both sides having some half chance efforts.

Bristol City 0-5 Chelsea

Chelsea put five past Conti Cup Final opponents Bristol City in a game that they dominated. The Blues had 24 attempts at goal with 9 on target.

Fran Kirby gave them a 14 minute lead before Harder made it two after 36 minutes. Kirby got her second to make it three nil before the break.

Goals from Sam Kerr and Beth England in the second half made it five for the Champions.

Chelsea’s lead at the top is five points, while Bristol sit bottom – two points behind West Ham United.

WSL Update: City reignite title challenge

Caroline Weir strike secures last minute winner

Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

Caroline Weir struck a crucial last minute winner for Manchester City to boost their Women’s Super League Title hopes against rivals Arsenal. 

The game looked certain to be heading for draw until the Scottish midfielder was able to find the bottom corner. 

City, however, did start slowly perhaps still feeling the affects of their mid-week efforts in Sweden where Gareth Taylor’s side were able to secure a 2-1 aggregate advantage in the Champions League.

Indeed, the Gunners were able to make their fast start count as the WSL top scorer Vivanne Miedema capitalised on some loose passing at the back by City and slotted a 20-yard shot past Ellie Roebuck with just three minutes on the clock.

City were able to level things up on the half-hour mark as the impressive American International Sam Mewis was able to head home a Chloe Kelly corner.

From there it was all one way traffic as City, who are unbeaten at home in 26 league matches were able to muster 16 shots on the Arsenal goal.  The efforts of Taylor’s side were eventually rewarded as Georgia Stanway’s blocked shot fell to Weir, who calmly curled in a low long-range strike.  

Following their late winner, Manchester City Head Coach Taylor said:

“I thought we dominated the game, apart from the opening give minutes. It was similar to Goteborg in that we showed the strength of our character to fight back.

“I’m delighted with the girls and they way they kept going. It took us until the last few seconds to get what I thought we really deserved – for Caroline to produce a moment of magic.

The match winner Weir, meanwhile, added:

“That was my first goal this season,

“To be fair, I don’t remember too much about it! It fell right to me, I took a touch and saw a gap, and focused on hitting the target.

Fortunately, it went in and we got the three points.

Hayley Ladd ensures the Red Devils maintain impressive start

Reading 1-2 Manchester United

In the day’s early game saw Casey Stoney’s Manchester United extend their unbeaten start to the season thanks to a late header from Hayley Ladd against Reading. 

The league leaders started the game in confident fashion and subsequently Leah Galton gave the Red Devils the advantage following a flowing counter attacking move and ended with Galton blasting the ball past Grace Maloney in the Reading goal. 

The Royals did certainly made United work hard for their win and were able to draw level through a deflected shot from Jess Fishlock, which wrong footed the England keeper Mary Earps.

The winner for United, however, came from a corner seven minutes from time, which Ladd was able to head in giving Maloney no chance. 

Sam Kerr makes the difference for the Blues

Brighton 0-1 Chelsea

Australian international Sam Kerr proved the difference for the Blues to see off a stubborn Brighton team.  The Champions had to work hard for the win, but the victory ensured that they remained three points behind Manchester United. 

It is also worth baring in mind that Chelsea do crucially have a game in hand over Stoney’s side and it was Kerr’s header from a Pernille Harder cross that ultimately settled the contest mid-way through the first half. 

The Seagulls did, however, give Emma Hayes’ team a scare when Inessa Kaagman hit the bar following a neat turn and shot on the edge of the penalty area. 

Alex Morgan scores again for Spurs 

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Aston Villa

Alex Morgan scored her second penalty in a row as Spurs’ revival under Rehanne Skinner continued with a comfortable victory over Aston Villa. 

Morgan put Spurs ahead from the spot in the 13thminute of the game after the American had herself won the penalty as she drew the foul from Villa keeper Lisa Weiss.   

Nadine Hanssen, however, was able to chip in a terrific equaliser just 11 minutes later to restore parity. 

The unfortunate Villa defender Caroline Siems was responsible for restoring Spurs advantage after she inadvertently turned in a Morgan low cross.  

The win was secured mid-way through the second half as Roselle Ayane scored her first goal for the club with a deflected effort as the North London side clinched their second win in a row under their new manager.  

Robins Hammered

Bristol City 0-4 West Ham United

Tanya Oxtoby’s Bristol City side were left four points from safety as West Ham were able to secure a comprehensive victory in a battle of the league’s bottom two teams. 

The Hammers took the lead after Yana Daniels’ clearance ricocheted off Jemma Purfield’s into the City net.  The second half saw further goals from Emily van Egmond, England’s Rachel Daly, before Martha Thomas rounded off the scoring.

This result meant that West Ham moved back above Aston Villa into 10thplace in the table. 

WSL Update: Alex Morgan scores first Spurs Goal

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. 

USA World Cup winner joins Manchester City Women

United States World Cup winner Sam Mewis has joined Manchester City from North Carolina Courage.

The 27-year-old has played 67 times for her country and featured regularly during last year’s World Cup.  The American started in her side’s 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Lyon.

The midfielder becomes City’s second signing this summer after England striker Chloe Kelly joined from Everton.

Mewis follows in the footsteps of her USA team mate Carli Lloyd, who had a brief spell with Manchester City back in 2017.

Standing at 6ft tall gives her presence on set pieces and she also has long athletic strides which has seen her become effective with goals from long range.

Sam was born in Weymouth Massachusetts in 1992. She signed for the Pali Blues in the W League in 2013, where the side went on to lift the Western Conference title as well as the national championships.

Mewis was selected fourth overall by the Western New York Flash in the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League entry draft. She appeared in all twenty regular season games for the Flash scoring four times with four assists.

In 2017 the Western New York Flash was sold to new owners and rebranded as the North Carolina Courage. She had an excellent season for the Courage after appearing in every game she was named to the NWSL Best X1.

Mewis missed the beginning of the 2018 season after recovering from a knee operation. Despite this setback she still featured 17 times as the Courage won their second consecutive shield.

Due to her participation at the 2019 World Cup, she only appeared in 12 regular season games for the Courage, who went on to win the shield for the third consecutive year.

In a successful international career to date which has seen Mewis feature in six of seven matches in the 2019 World Cup, she scored twice in the tournament in a 13-0 annihilation of Thailand in the group stages.

In her six years to date in USA national colours she has made 67 appearances and scored 18 goals.

Her USA team mate Rose Lavelle is heavily linked with City and alongside Caroline Weir and Jill Scott featuring in midfield the signing of Mewis only strengthens the Manchester clubs pursuit of more honours next season.