Women’s Super League 1 continued this weekend. Here’s a roundup of all the action from matchweek two.
Liverpool Ladies 0-3 Reading Women (Friday 29th September 2017)
Reading Women recorded their first victory of the season with a deserved 3-0 win over Liverpool Ladies. Former Red Fara Williams scored a potential goal of the season contender with a brilliant dipping volley. Remi Allen doubled Reading’s lead before half-time with a close range effort. Despite numerous chances of their own, Liverpool could not find a way through. Liverpool’s Caroline Weir hit the woodwork but it just wasn’t their night. Brooke Chaplen completed a counter-attacking move from Reading for their third goal of the night.Embed from Getty Images
Manchester City Women 5-2 Arsenal Women (Saturday 30th September 2017)
The biggest game of the season so far did not disappoint. Manchester City maintained their perfect start with a resounding victory over Arsenal. The home side dominated from start to finish and finally took the lead in the 40th minute through Jane Ross. Their lead didn’t last long though with Emma Mitchell equalising from a corner. Just when it looked like the scores would be level at half-time, Man City and England captain Steph Houghton restored their lead in the final minute of first-half stoppage time.
Arsenal came out fighting in the second 45 minutes and Heather O’Reilly got a scruffy equaliser minutes after the second half began. The scores were level once again. Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead came on for Arsenal at the start of the second half and they began to pressure Man City but still couldn’t make the breakthrough.
Two goals in four minutes from Man City meant it was game over for Arsenal. Substitute Georgia Stanway made it 3-2 thanks to an excellent through ball from Jill Scott. Then Izzy Christiansen’s calm finish put Man City even further in the lead. Jill Scott got Man City’s final goal. Her powerful run from midfield ended with a great finish into the bottom corner. It might be early in the season, but that was a big statement from Manchester City Women.Embed from Getty Images
Bristol City Women 1-0 Yeovil Town Ladies
Bristol City Women got their campaign up and running, and moved off the bottom of the table, with a win over Yeovil Town Ladies. A first half goal from Frankie Brown, bundled home from a Yana Daniels cross was enough to seal all three points. Yeovil Town are now bottom of the league after their second defeat in as many games.
Sunderland Ladies 0-6 Chelsea Ladies
Sunderland Ladies were the unlucky recipients of Chelsea Ladies’ second consecutive 6-0 thumping of the season. The Spring Series winners tore Sunderland apart in both halves and were simply unstoppable. Fran Kirby opened the scoring with a brilliant goal following a one-two with Ramona Bachmann. Five goals came in the second half.
Gemma Davison easily made it 2-0 after skipping past the Sunderland defence. Then Davison got her second five minutes later from a tap-in. Ji scored Chelsea’s fourth goal before Erin Cuthbert made it 5-0 from a corner. Eni Aluko completed the rout from inside the penalty area with the final goal. Chelsea are top of the league with a goal difference of 12. That’s quite an advantage to have.
Birmingham City Ladies 2-1 Everton Ladies (Sunday 1st October 2017)
Birmingham City Ladies registered their first victory of the season with two first-half strikes against Everton Ladies. Ellen White put the Blues in front within a quarter of an hour and Charlie Wellings doubled the lead following a great team move.
The away side reduced the deficit in the first minute of the second half thanks to Chloe Kelly, but it was not enough. Everton’s search for their first point of the new season continues.