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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. 

WSL Update: Manchester United top Women Super League

Manchester United went top of the Women’s Super League after beating Arsenal 1-0. Chelsea hit four past Everton to go third. Bristol City, who were missing five first team players, went down 8-1 at Manchester City.

United go top of the WSL for the first time

Christen Press had the first big chance for The Red Devils forcing a outstanding save from Manuela Zinsberger. The ball finding Press inside the Arsenal box she brings the ball down and shooting on the turn only finding the outstretched leg of the Arsenal keeper.

United continued to attack the Arsenal goal, Hayley Ladd winning a strong challenge on the edge of the box allowing Ella Toone to shoot. The shot was straight at Zinsberger but warning signs were there for The Gunners.

Tobin Heath then found the side netting in the second half. Cutting inside from the left Heath’s run into box gave her a shooting chance but she could only find the side of the goal.

United were almost made to pay for their missed chances. Kim Little cross from the left was met at the near post by Caitlin Foord but her effort was well stopped by Mary Earps. The United keeper was called on again from another Arsenal move down the left. A low cross was turned towards goal by United defender Amy Turner, Earps’ reaction save meaning only a corner.

United got the only goal of the game after 83 minutes, Lauren James set Jessica Sigsworth off down the United right. Sigsworth dinked the ball past Viktoria Schnaderbeck and then out paced her into the box. Looking up and finding Ella Toone who’s shot went in off the post.

A fifth win for United to take them top of the WSL and keep their unbeaten league run going. Arsenal drop to second after their first defeat.

Defending Champions secure big win over The Toffees

Chelsea are third after a big win over Everton. Everton had the first big chance of the game, a poor clearance from near the corner by Berger found Egurrola just inside the Chelsea half. With the keeper out of her goal, the Everton midfielder went for goal but her shot was wide.

Chelsea’s opener came as they pressed Everton high up the pitch. Sandy Maciver attempted to clear the ball but her kick struck Beth England and fell to Ji so-Yun who volleyed the ball into the net.

Chelsea made it two after a subline flick from Melanie Leupolz found England who shot low into the near post. Chelsea’s third came after Erin Cuthbert’s shot was turned onto the bar by Maciver. England was the fastest to react heading home from close range.

Pernille Harder made it four in added time to wrap up the game. Playing a one-two with England on the edge of the box then putting a left footed effort into the top corner.

Everton’s first WSL defeat now sees them now in fourth place, Chelsea moving above them on goal difference.

The Hammers secure their first win of the season

West Ham came from behind to beat Birmingham 2-1. Following a long ball from Mollie Green, Claudia Walker found herself through on goal and she shotted her shot into the bottom corner.

West Ham drew level just before the break Walker turning in to her own net. Martha Thomas flicking on Adrina Leon’s cross and Walker turning it in. West Ham took the lead on 73 minutes, Rachel Daley’s floated cross headed in by Emily van Egmond. This ensured The Hammers of their first win after four defeats.

First WSL victory for newly promoted Villa

Two second half goals gave Aston Villa their first win beating Brighton 2-0. After putting Brighton under pressure Villa got the first goal from Anita Asante, lifting the ball over a crowd of players into the far corner.

Villa made sure of the points in stoppage time Ramona Petzelberger lobbing the keeper. Villa have two games in hand and could rise above Reading in sixth if they are able to win them.

Alex Morgan makes first WSL appearance in Spurs draw

Reading drew 1-1 away at Tottenham. Reading took the lead after Jess Fishlocks pass found Emma Mitchell in space down the right hand side. Mitchells cross was met by Brook Chaplen inside the six yard box. Ashleigh Neville scored the equaliser for Spurs, heading in from Rianna Deans flick on. USWNT Star Alex Morgan came off the bench to make her Tottenham debut, but neither side could find a winning goal.

Newly crowned FA Cup winners put eight past Bristol City

Bristol City were without five players due to COVID protocols. They had asked the FA to postpone their match against Manchester City, their request was turned down.

A trip to the Academy Stadium hard enough as it is without gifting City the lead. An own goal from Sophie Baggaley after 9 minutes. A poor pass at the back by City let Ebony Salmon level for Bristol. A spirited Bristol side were torn apart three times in four minutes before halftime. Goals from Laura Coombs (39′), Keira Walsh (42′) and Lucy Bronze (43′) giving City a 4-1 halftime lead. City scored another four in the second half with Georgia Stanway (48′), Ellen White (58′ & 85′) and Janine Beckie (81′).

Next Weekends fixtures sees Manchester United host rivals City. Villa Park will host the Birmingham derby, Arsenal host Chelsea, Everton are at home to Reading. Bristol City will host Tottenham and West Ham are at home to Brighton.