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FA WSL: The REd devils return to the top

Manchester United returned to the top of the table this weekend after a 2-0 win against Birmingham City. Leah Galton and Ella Toone with goals in the second half securing victory for Casey Stoney’s team.

Manchester City moved into third spot after another big win beating Brighton by seven goals to one. Second placed Chelsea’s game at Bristol City was postponed due to heavy snow. Arsenal also fell victims to the weather as their match vs West Ham was also postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The only game on Saturday saw Aston Villa host Reading. Reading twice took the lead only for Villa to twice level with the match ending in a 2-2 draw.

Manchester United 2 v 0 Birmingham City

United had the first chance as Lauren James, broke down the left and cut inside the box to create a shooting chance but fired high over the bar. A warning from the in form United forward. United continued to work down the left side, Amy Turners cross field ball was flicked on to Leah Galton on the left. Galton worked her way into the box and fired a shot at goal which was pushed away by Blues keeper Hannah Hampton.

Birmingham were unable to stop United down that left side as Galton was almost put though again, but Hampton was out of her goal quickly to gather the ball. United continued their attacks down the left as Birmingham seemed powerless to stop them.

Ella Toone’s shot was blocked but United recycled the ball and Galton had space inside the box. Her cut back was cleared but United regained the ball and switched play to right. Lauren James played the ball along the six yard box and after and defection it fall to Jackie Groenen but she shot well over the bar.

Katie Zelem played a clear though ball into the box, into the path of Galton. Galton flicked the ball towards gaol with her first touch but Hampton pulled off a fine save diving to her right to push the ball away from goal.

A first half that united dominated ends 0-0.

The second half started as the first ended with United on the attack. They had the lead their played deserved after 46 minutes. Lauren James sent a teasing ball into the six yard box from the right side. The invitation was taken by Galton, getting goal side of Sarah Mayling to side foot the ball into the net.

United kept pressing for a second goal with Ella Tonne shooting over and then straight at Hampton after being played in by Galton. They did get their second after 81 minutes thanks Ella Toone. Kirsty Hanson’s cut back wasn’t cleared by Lucy Whipp and the ball fell to Toone. Striking the ball first time it went across the goal to go in off the far post.

A comfortable win for United who dominated the game. United could have scored more but for some good save from Hannah Hampton and some poor shooting.

United return to the top of the league on 29 points, three above Chelsea who have two games in hand.

Brighton 1 v 7 Manchester City

City hit seven goals for the second league game in a row as they beat Brighton 7-1. City first came after 12 minutes as Chole Kelly’s ball across the box was turned in by Caroline Weir. Weir had a second after 16 minutes following a 1-2 her first time strike flying into the goal. Weir was denied a first half hat trick. Dancing around three Brighton defenders her shot was brilliantly saved by Cecillie Fiskerstrand.

City had a third before the break. From an in swinging corner, Weir flicked the ball at the near post and Steph Houghton turned it in on the line. Half time Brighton 0 v 3 Man City.

Chole Kelly having another fine game played in Ellen White, who’s deft touch put the ball past the keeper for 4-0. Just after the hour it was five nil to City. Steph Houghton’s free kick clipping the bar on its way in the goal.

Brighton got a consolation thanks to Rianna Jarrett. Latching on to a poor pass by City she ran into the box to fire past Ellie Roebuck.

After patience build up where City worked the ball across the pitch the ball ended in the net with Chole Kelly finishing a wonderful City move. Janine Beckie made it seven turning in from close range from Kelly’s cross.

City move up to third ahead of Arsenal, five points off leaders Manchester United albeit with a game in hand.

Aston Villa 2 v 2 Reading

A game that started in sunshine and ended in snow ended with a 2-2 draw despite Reading enjoying the majority of the game. Reading took an early lead thanks to a Angharad James goal after three minutes. Rachel Rowe find Jess Fishlock in lots of space just outside the box. Fishlock fired a shot at goal which was well saved by Villa keeper Lisa Weiss. The loose ball was headed in by James.

Weiss was called into action again tipping over Emma Mitchells long range effort. Fishlock and James combined again, as Fishlock turned in the box to lay off for James who shot wide. Reading controlled the first half with Welsh International Fishlock controlling the midfield. Finding space all the time Fishlock set Beth Roberts up for shot but Weiss saved well.

Natasha Harding found Danielle Carter who set up James for another effort which went just over the bar. Fishlock found Harding in space in the box but her shot was blocked. Villa were unable to clear and the ball fell to Rachel Rowe but her shot was tame and easily saved. Half time Aston Villa 0 v 1 Reading.

Villa against the run of play equalised after 55 minutes. A low free kick from Natalie Haigh caught out Reading and the ball was turned in by Mana Iwabuchi for her first WSL goal.

Reading regained the lead just two minutes later with Rachel Rowe scoring. Jess Fishlock’s ball between the Villa defenders found Rowe inside the box on the right. It looked as Rowe has mis-controlled the ball but some clear footwork allowed her to fire low into the goal.

After the sunshine of the first half the weather turned and the snow begin to fall as Reading looked for a third to kill off the game. Carter had a chance but put it wide before a double save from Weiss. Fishlock driving forward slip the ball into the path of Carter who’s shot was blocked by the advancing Weiss. The Villa keeper was up quickly to deny Amalie Eikeland.

Weiss kept her side in the game and Villa got a second equaliser in the 91st minute. Iwabuchi and Hayles linking up in the box to find Diana Silva who poked the ball into the net. Full Time Aston Villa 2 v 2 Reading.

Reading had the better of the game but couldn’t extend their lead which allowed Villa a chance to get a point. Villa remain 11th but now level on points with West Ham. Reading remain in sixth but will see this as two points dropped.

WSL UPdate: Manchester United top of tree at Xmas

Manchester United continue to lead the way in the WSL after dishing out a 6-1 thrashing to Bristol City. Two each for Leah Galton and Tobin Heath along with goals from Jessica Sigsworth and Millie Turner means that United will go into Christmas as league leaders.

Arsenal, meanwhile, kept the pressure on after a 4-0 win over Everton, meant that they remain in second place. Reading beat Brighton 3-1 with Jess Fishlock starring getting two goals and an assist. Elsewhere, Birmingham against Manchester City was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Manchester United 6-1 Bristol City

Bristol City are still searching for a first win of the season and had the first real chance of the game. A long ball from inside their half over the top of the United defence allowed Ebony Salmon to get behind Amy Turner. After lifting the ball over Mary Earps her effort went wide.

United came back though with Ona Batlle long range effort pushed over by Sophie Baggaley. Tobin Heath also hit one from distance putting the ball on to the top of the bar.

City were trying to sit deep and narrow to frustrate United, but Leah Galton found a pocket of space on the edge of the area. Turning to create herself a little space she fired a shot with her left foot into the roof of the net.

Baggaley could do nothing about Galton’s effort but she was in fine form to stop Heath’s close range effort with a wonderful reaction save.

United were two up in first half stoppage time thanks to Millie Turner, from a Katie Zelem corner. Zelem put the ball across the six yard box and Turner powered in at the far post to head into the goal.

It was 3-0 after 52 minute’s, Jessica Sigsworth after going down as Bristol defended Heath’s corner. Sigsworth was up quickly to smash home after Bristol failed to clear.

Galton made it 4-0 to United with another stunning goal. Toone’s pass spilt the Bristol defence to find Galton on the outside of the box. Galton struck beautifully into the far corner from a tight angle.

Bristol City caught United on the break on 72 minutes, a long ball finding Salmon behind the defence again. Earps saved the initial shot but the ball fell back to Salmon and she found the net.

United’s fifth came from Heath, chipping the ball over Baggaley from outside the box. Heath got her second just three minutes later, Hayley Ladd sliding the ball to Heath who shot low to get her second of the game.

United stay top two points ahead of Arsenal, but for Bristol City they remain bottom with just two points and yet to pick up a win.

Arsenal 4-0 Everton

Arsenal were ahead after just four minutes, Beth Mead’s run inside the area and ball across the six yard both gave Jordan Nobbs a simple tap in.

Six minutes later Arsenal were two up with another tap in this time for Caitlin Foord. Jill Roord’s ball across the box found Catlin Foord in space and she tapped in from inside the six yard box.

Nobbs capitalised on some poor Everton defending to set up Roord but her effort was well saved by Maciver.

Just after the hour Arsenal had their third. Katie McCabe’s corner was met at the far post Jen Beattie. Beattie headed into an empty net after Maciver came and failed to punch the ball away.

Mead made it four with a stunning curling shot from outside the box. Mead curled the ball into the far corner leaving the Everton keeper no chance.

Foord had the chance to make it five breaking though the Everton defence, but was met by Maciver who stood her ground well and saved well as Mead tried to go around her.

Arsenal are second and four points behind Manchester United. Everton sit fifth with 14 points.

Brighton 1-3 Reading

Reading took the lead in this game on 17 minutes thanks to Fishlock. A poor pass from Fliss Gibbons was latched onto by Fishlock, taking the ball to edge of the area she fired low into the bottom corner.

Brighton levelled on 21 minutes with a Inessa Kaagman Penalty. After working into the Reading box a heavy tackle from Denna Copper gave the referee an easy decision. Kaagman sent the keeper the wrong way to fire home form the spot kick.

Reading took the lead just before half time, Fishlock getting her second. After getting the ball into the box, the deflected cross fell to Fishlock, controlling the ball on the chest then smashing the ball in from close range.

After the break Brighton had an early chance to level. Gibbons’ long range shot was saved and Whelan’s follow up went wide.

Fishlock was in fine form as she attempted a long range effort as she looked to get het hat-trick. Playing a nice one two she shot just wide of the goal.

Reading sealed the points in stoppage time with Rachel Rowe getting the goal. Winning the ball on half way it fell to Fishlock who drove forward and played a clever pass to Rowe. Rowe with a lovely chip over the keeper and after hitting the far post and being cleared off the line, the assistant referee flagged that it crossed the line.

Reading are currently sixth on 13 points while Brighton are ninth with 8 points.

The WSL returns on January 9th as Aston Villa host Arsenal and Manchester City will host West Ham United.

WSL RoundUp Week One: Jill Roord Hat-Trick inspires the Gunners To Victory

This past weekend marked the return of the FA Women Super League, where remarkably the last League matches concluded at the end of February. 

Joe Montemurro’s Arsenal, however, put the disappointment of last month’s Champions League exit to PSG successfully behind them with a resounding 6-1 victory over Kelly Chambers’ Reading, who had not played a game since February.

Indeed, the Royals new midfielder, Jess Fishlock did not have the dream debut, as the Gunners were ruthless in front of goal. Scottish international Kim Little gave Montemurro’s side the early lead with a composed finish from Leah Williamson’s pinpoint cross in the fifteenth minute.  While last season’s Football Writers’ Player of the Year, Vivianne Miedema, subsequently doubled the North London team’s advantage before Jill Roord was able to add a third just before half-time. 

Things did not improve for Chamber’s side in the second half as Little was able to successfully set up Roord for Arsenal’s fourth of the day.  Last season’s golden boot winner, Miedema then made up for an uncharacteristic miss by adding a fifth with a terrifically struck shot. 

Ten minutes from time, Roord was able to round off scoring for the Gunners by completing her hat trick after a lovely flowing team move. Ex- Arsenal striker, Danielle Carter managed to grab a late consolation for the Royals but by then the game itself was over as a contest.  

Last season’s WSL champions Chelsea, meanwhile, were held to a 1-1 draw at Manchester United’s Leigh Sports Village stadium.  The Blues took the lead in the 25thminute through Australian International striker Sam Kerr after she had managed to successfully convert a cross from Fran Kirby.  

Casey Stoney’s United, however, were always in the game and saw Leah Galton’s header hit the bar just before half-time.  The Red Devils were, however, able to grab an equaliser ten minutes from time when Galton was able to convert substitute Jackie Groenen’s cross.  

There was still time for Chelsea’s record signing and the most expensive player in women’s football history, Pernille Harder to make her much-anticipated debut, however, she was unable to find that break through as the game ended 1-1.  

Gareth Taylor’s first WSL in charge of Manchester City ended with a 2-0 victory over newly promoted Aston Villa.  England striker Georgia Stanway scored both goals in the first 21 minutes, which were created by two defensive mix-ups at the back by Villa’s defence.  Overall, Taylor would be encouraged by new signing Chloe Kelly’s performance, through out the game she was able to cause the Villa defence a number of problems. While the American, Sam Mewis also grew impressively into her midfield role as the game went on.  

Two goals from club captain Lucy Graham helped Everton get off to an impressive start as they secured a 4-0 away win against Bristol City, while two second half goals from Megan Connolly and Inessa Kaagman helped Hope Powell’s Brighton on the way to a 2-0 victory over Birmingham City.  

Finally West Ham’s Adriana Leon scored a brilliant goal in the WSL’s first London derby of the season as the Hammers kicked off their season with a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur.  

What next?

This weekend’s round of fixtures kicks-off with West Ham hosting Arsenal, in a match that will be played in front of roughly 1,000 supporters. This is part of the Government’s latest pilot scheme of allowing people to attend sport.  The game will be due to kick-off at 5:20pm on Saturday 12thSeptember at Dagenham and Redbridge’s Victoria Road. 

On Sunday 13thSeptember sees the rest of week two’s WSL ties as Champions Chelsea will be looking to get their first win of the campaign at home to Bristol City.  While, Everton will look to build on their impressive start as they are at home to Tottenham Hotspur.  

Elsewhere, Manchester United travel to face Birmingham City, Gareth Taylor’s Manchester City host Brighton and Reading will be looking to bounce back from their heavy opening day defeat as they play newly promoted Aston Villa. 

September 12th

West Ham United vs Arsenal 5:20pm 

September 13th

Chelsea vs Bristol City 12:30pm

Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur 1pm

Birmingham City vs Manchester United 2pm

Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion 2pm

Reading vs Aston Villa 2pm