It was another action-packed weekend in the Women’s Super League as reigning champions Chelsea piled more misery onto Gareth Taylor’s Manchester City in a 4-0 away thrashing, condemning the Cityzens to their third-straight home defeat.
Meanwhile, league leaders Arsenal dropped their first points of the season to rescue a draw against Tottenham Hotspur in the North London Derby, while Everton held Manchester United, as Jean-Luc Vasseur got his first point on the board as Toffees boss.
Chelsea showed once again that they will not easily relinquish their WSL crown with a comfortable victory against Man City, although it wasn’t as straight-forward as the scoreline suggests. In the first-half Emma Hayes’ side looked second-best but were able to show their quality by punishing two of the host’s mistakes, before turning it up a gear in the second and conjuring up a couple of goals of their own making.
It was a horrible start for Taylor’s side as a mistake by goalkeeper Karima Taieb gifted winger Jessie Fleming the simplest of goals inside the opening two minutes. The hosts had a great chance to level the scoreline when Caroline Weir was played clean through on goal, but her effort was denied by Ann-Katrin Berger. Man City were seeing much more of the ball and looked the better side in the opening 45, but Hayes’ side showed why they are the champions.
Alex Greenwood had a chance to pull her side back into the game with a header from a corner, but it wasn’t troubling enough for Berger. The German international was fortunate to not have conceded a penalty when she appeared to be the second player to the ball, connecting instead with Lauren Hemp. Things then got worse for the home side as another mistake was punished by Chelsea’s Sam Kerr to double the Blues’ lead just before the break.
The visitors looked a lot sharper in the second-half and Fran Kirby got on the scoresheet to extend Chelsea’s lead to three before captain Magdalena Eriksson made it four just minutes later. Blues boss Hayes will be delighted at how her team improved after half-time and they have closed the gap on Arsenal to just one point.
Chelsea have started the second-half in devastating fashion!
Elsewhere, Arsenal’s winning run came to an end as they had to rescue a point in the North London Derby in a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, as star striker Vivianne Miedema scored at the death to cancel out Rachel Williams’ opener and ensure the Gunners’ unbeaten start to the season was maintained. Jonas Eidevall’s side were dominant throughout the game but they had to dig deep to find the equaliser once Williams put Spurs ahead. This was an excellent result for Spurs boss Rehanne Skinner as her side sit fourth in the table, one point off the Champions League places.
Over in Merseyside, Vasseur will have been thrilled to have earned his first point as Everton boss against Marc Skinner’s Manchester United in a 1-1 stalemate. The Toffees had a horror start as Ella Toone fired the visitors in front inside the opening 60 seconds, but the hosts rallied and found an equaliser as substitute Simone Magill punished goalkeeper Mary Earps, who did not have complete control of the ball in her arms and the ball trickled into her goal. This galvanised the hosts, who had a number of chances to win the game, but in the end the draw was a fair result.
WSL results in full:
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Arsenal
Everton 1-1 Manchester United
Birmingham City 0-1 Aston Villa
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Leicester City
Manchester City 0-4 Chelsea
West Ham United 2-2 Reading