WSL: Chelsea go top by beating rivals Spurs as Liverpool secure big win

The latest round-up from the WSL as Chelsea go top of the league, Liverpool get a crucial win over Reading and Chloe Kelly nets her first goal of the season for Man City.


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Manchester City comfortably defeated Leicester City after a frustrating opening 60 minutes.

The top goalscorer in the WSL, Bunny Shaw, broke the deadlock with her 10th league goal of the season before European Championships winner Chloe Kelly doubled the lead to score her first of the season.

Leicester faced an astounding 32 shots and only had 26% possession, and need to find a way to pick up points if they are to lift themselves from the bottom of the table.


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In a tightly contested game, neither side managed to pick up three points.

Aston Villa gained the lead through an unfortunate own goal by Kayleigh Green in the 32nd minute.

But despite the disappointing start, Brighton refused to give up under new manager Jens Scheuer, pressing Villa high up the pitch and got a deserved equaliser through captain Julia Zigiotti Olme who pounced to tap home a parried ball by goalkeeper Hannah Hampton.

Brighton now move five points clear of the WSL relegation zone.


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A frustrating goalless draw against Everton leaves the door wide open for Manchester United’s WSL title rivals Chelsea.

United’s lack of clinical finishing cost them a much-needed three points, registering only 4 shots on target from 25 attempts.

Striker Alessia Russo, who dominated headlines the previous week after being linked to a move to rivals Arsenal, failed to make an impact on the game.

Everton will no doubt be pleased with the result after a strong defensive display.


Chelsea climbed to the top of the table after Arsenal and Manchester United both dropped points.

Jess Carter opened the scoring after eight minutes with a header but former Blues Drew Spence and Bethany England combined to equalise for Tottenham.

Chelsea responded straight away with a sublime solo goal by Lauren James, with the winger gliding past the Tottenham defence before finishing brilliantly.

Will these three points prove vital in the title race?


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Matt Beard’s Liverpool side earned a huge three points against relegation rivals Reading to move eight points clear of Leicester City.

Liverpool came to life after 60 minutes as Missy Bo Kearns and Ceri Holland both scored from close range to earn all three points.

Reading’s poor form away from home continued, having now lost all seven away games this season.

Manager Kelly Chambers will have to find a way to inspire her team into form.


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Arsenal suffered a significant blow in their WSL title hopes with a wasteful performance against London rivals West Ham United.

West Ham earned their first point against Arsenal after losing all eight of their previous games against the Gunners.

West Ham goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold kept them in the game by making several fine saves to secure a clean sheet.

Arsenal showed their lack of firepower after failing to bring in a striker in the January transfer window, and the draw leaves them five points behind Chelsea with a game in hand.

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