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FA WSL Round Up: First Win for Bristol City, Chelsea remain top

Bristol City got their first win of the season after they beat Brighton by three goals to nil. First half goals from Yana Daniels and Ebony Salmon give the home side a two nothing lead at the break. Salmon added a third from the spot in the second half to round off the victory.

Chelsea, meanwhile, kept top spot after beating Spurs by four goals to nil. Two goals from Melanie Leupolz (one from the spot), another from Sam Kerr along with a Abbie McManus own goal.

Manchester United beat Everton by two goals to nil keeping them on level points with leaders Chelsea. Two first half goals from Ella Toone and Christen Press.

Manchester City cruised to victory beating West Ham by four goals. Caroline Weir and Georgia Stanway finning the net in the first half before Ellen White and Rose Lavelle in the second.

Arsenal’s trip to Aston Villa was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Bristol City 3 v 0 Brighton

The Robins were in front after just three minutes thanks to Yana Daniels stunning effort. Receiving the ball from Gemma Evans, Daniels turns and loops the ball over Cecilie Fiskerstrand clipping the inside off the bar on the way into the net.

Aimee Palmer sent a long driving shot just wide of the goal as Bristol looked to build on their lead. On 34 minutes City had their second. After along ball from the back by Jasmine Matthews, broke though the Brighton back line, Ebony Salmon got in front of Maya Le Tissier and coolly slotted past the advancing keeper.

Brighton had chances but failed to trouble Bristol Keeper Sophie Baggaley. Bristol made sure of the win in the 59th minute as Salmon scored her second from the spot. The ball flicking off the hand of Victoria Williams, with little the defender could do about it. Salmon stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way, confidently putting the ball in the corner of the goal.

It got worse for Brighton as Kayleigh Green was sent off for stamping on Bristol’s Daniels.

Brighton subsequently remain in 9th place and City, meanwhile, remain bottom, but they close the gap on the teams above them to just two points.

Chelsea 4 v 0 Tottenham

Tottenham began the game brightly having the first chances. Kit Graham teeing up a long range effort for Ria Percival, but her shot was met by the stretching hand of Berger to flick the ball on to the post.

Graham forced Berger into another save after creating some space just inside the box to shoot. Chelsea leaving space in the centre allowing Tottenham to create chances.

Chelsea got the first goal a little against the run of play. Melanie Leupolz sending the ball into the net from 30 yards. Two minutes later Chelsea double their lead. Fran Kirby latching on to a loose ball from the keeper and crossing from the right found Pernille Harder who’s lifted shot deflected off Abbie McManus.

Chelsea got a third before half time, Sam Kerr heading in from Harder’s cross. Harder with plenty of time of look and spot Sam Kerr in the box put in a pin point perfect cross which gave Kerr a simple header for three nil.

The Blues made it four thanks to Leupolz’s penalty. Beth England’s cross hitting the raised arm of Kerys Harrop. Leupolz sent the Tottenham keeper the wrong from the spot to seal a big win for the league leaders.

Everton 0 v 2 Manchester United

United had an early chance as Christen Press on the turn tested the gloves of Maciver in the Everton goal.

Leah Galton was causing Everton problem down the left side and this was where United’s first goal came from. Driving at the Everton defence Galton got a shot off which was saved by Maciver. She was unable to hold onto the ball, but was able to push it away from Press. Everton were unable to clear as the ball fell to Ella Toone who fired in from close range.

Maciver was called into action again as Katie Zelem’s long ball found Toone in space but her shot only found the gloves of the Everton keeper.

Press got United’s second after 42 minutes after being played in by Hayley Ladd. Everton didn’t clear and the ball fell to Ladd who played a clear pass to get Press in the box. Holding off Turner, Press was able to put the ball past Maciver.

Everton tried to get back into the game, Jill Scott’s long range effort forcing Mary Earps to be at full stretch to keep the ball out. United were quieter in the second half but a comfortable victory.

Manchester City 4 v 0 West Ham Utd

City kept their good run of form in the WSL going with their fifth straight win. Caroline Weir found herself on the end of Chloe Kelly’s cross to make it one nil after 9 minute’s. City kept the pressure on West Ham and got their second on 39 minutes, Stanway scoring after a scramble in the box.

Ellen White made it 3-0 City with a header before Rose Lavelle capitalised on a mistake to make it four.

Pernille Harder signs for Chelsea Women from VfL Wolfsburg in world record deal

Pernille Harder has officially joined Emma Hayes’ Chelsea side on a three-year deal from VfL Wolfsburg ahead of the 2020/21 FA WSL kick-off this weekend.

The Danish striker played her final game for the club last weekend when VfL Wolfsburg lost 3-1 in the Champions League Final against Olympique Lyon. She is widely considered to be one of the best players in the women’s game.

Following her record move to the WSL, which is believed to be around £300,000, Harder said:

“I’m excited to play for such a big club, to play with so many amazing players and to also be playing in the Women’s Super League.”

Chelsea Manager Emma Hayes, meanwhile, added:

“Pernille is one of the best players in the world. Her record for Wolfsburg and Linkopings as well as internationally with Denmark shows how valuable she has been to her team.”

 

Who is Pernille Harder?

Harder began her career by playing in her native Denmark for first Team Viborg and then IK Skovbakken in the Elitedivisonen before moving to Swedish club Linkopings FC in 2012.

It was there that Harder began to make her name for herself, spending four years at the Swedish side, making 87 appearances.  In the 2015 campaign the striker managed to score an impressive 17 goals in 22 appearances, which resulted in a number of personal accolades including Danish Footballer of the Year for 2015 and the most valuable player of the Damallsvenskan.

During her time with Linkopings FC, Harder also helped her team win the Damallsvenskan in 2016 and also back to back Svenska Cuper’s in 2014 and 2015.

Following her success in Sweden, Harder signed for Frauen Bundesliga Champions and two-times Champions League winners, VfL Wolfsburg on a two and half year contract in 2017.

On the international stage meanwhile, Harder has now made well over 100 appearances and inspired her Danish side to the final of the 2017 European Championships where she ended up scoring in a 4-2 defeat to Holland in the final. She has been named the country’s Player of the Year on six occasions, including each of the past five years.

Harder’s career, meanwhile, continued to go from strength to strength during her four-year stay in the Frauen Bundesliga as she won four league titles and German Cups. The Danish attacker twice ended up as the leading scorer of the division.

One title, however, that continues to allude her is the Women’s Champions League having twice finished a runner-up during her time with the German Club.  Harder was named the UEFA Player of the Year for 2018 and during the disrupted 2019/20 campaign she was the Champions League’s top scorer.

What does this signing mean for Chelsea?

This latest acquisition for the Blues is just the latest in a number of leading players’ joining the side as another of the world’s leading players, Sam Kerr, joined Chelsea back in January after finishing the NWSL season with Chicago Red Stars.

Emma Hayes’ attacking options also include the likes of England international Beth England, who enjoyed another impressive campaign for Chelsea last season, managing 14 goals in just 15 games.

The West London club, meanwhile, have also made further impressive additions to their title winning squad, bringing in the likes of former Bayern Munich captain Melanie Leupolz and Canadian international Jessie Fleming from UCLA Bruins.

There is certainly no doubt, however, that following this latest high profile signing that Emma Hayes’ team will be much fancied to lift the WSL crown once again.

When does the season start?

Harder’s arrival comes just in time for the WSL kick-off this weekend, where the Blues begin their title defence with a trip to Casey Stoney’s Manchester United on Sunday.

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