Dav­i­son is a Gem for Blues again

CHELSEA IN TI­TLE DRIV­ING SEAT

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Mar­ios Papaloizou

LIVER­POOL kicked off the week’s ac­tion and got back to win­ning ways in WSL1 with vic­tory over Bristol Academy.

The Reds were with­out a win in three league matches head­ing into the clash but two goals from Natasha Dowie were enough to seal a 2-0 win at the Se­lect Se­cu­rity Sta­dium.

The three points put them sixth in the ta­ble, but Chelsea still lead the way af­ter they ran out 2-0 win­ners over Ar­se­nal.

Vicky Losada turned into her own net on eight min­utes be­fore Gemma Dav­i­son’s sec­ond-half penalty made sure of the points and en­sured the Blues edged nearer to the ti­tle. De­fender Ni­amh Fa­hey said: “This was a huge six-pointer and a mas­sive re­sult.

“A lot can hap­pen be­fore the end but we’re not think­ing of any­one else.”

Just three points be­hind the league-lead­ers are Sun­der­land, but a 1-1 draw with Birm­ing­ham

City did lit­tle to aid their ti­tle quest. Birm­ing­ham went ahead af­ter 40 min­utes when Freda Ay­isi net­ted but Abbey Joice re­stored par­ity as her side went on the hunt for vic­tory – only to be de­nied time and time again by goal­keeper Becky Spencer.

Manch­ester City have a game in hand on the Black Cats but they too failed to cap­i­talise against Notts County as they played out a 2-2 draw.

Per­fect

In WSL 2 Don­caster Rovers Belles stay in pole po­si­tion af­ter they put five past Mill

wall Lionesses, with Read­ing two points be­hind af­ter thump­ing Lon­don Bees 8-0.

Yeovil are strug­gling to keep pace with the lead­ers and sit third af­ter they were held to a 2-2 draw with As­ton Villa.

Ever­ton have two games in hand on the top three and can move third if they win both af­ter they won 6-1 away at Durham while Ox­ford stole a 3-2 win at Wat­ford.

In the Con­ti­nen­tal Tyres Cup Ar­se­nal booked their quar­ter fi­nal berth with a 2-1 win over Read­ing on Thurs­day – Losada mak­ing amends for her own goal as she bagged the Gun­ners’ win­ner.

Skip­per Alex Scott said: “It’s good com­ing off the back of a league de­feat for us to get that feel-good fac­tor again and get through to the next round of the cup.”

They are one of four teams with a per­fect record in the com­pe­ti­tion so far with Notts County run­ning out 5-0 win­ners over Villa thanks to a dou­ble from Jess Clarke.

Manch­ester City and Liver­pool also main­tained their 100 per cent records in Group Two with the Cit­i­zens beat­ing

Ever­ton 2-0 while goals from Dowie and Ka­trin Omars­dot­tir helped the Reds over­come Sun­der­land.

Fran Kirby found her goalscor­ing touch as she net­ted a quick-fire ten-minute tre­ble for Chelsea as they won 6-0 at home to Mill­wall.

In the week’s other matches there was a 4-0 win for Birm­ing­ham over Yeovil, while Ox­ford were downed 3-2 at Bristol

Academy.

And there was a 5-0 win for Don­caster Rovers Belles against Durham with goals from Emily Roberts, Sue Smith, Court­ney Sweet­man-Kirk and a dou­ble for Emily Simp­kins.

PIC­TURES: The FA

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