Beattie helps lift Manchester City to top after Chelsea’s clean-sheet sequence ends
seized top spot in the Women’s Super League, breezing past
4-0 after dropped points for the first time this season. A Magdalena Eriksson own-goal gave
a last-gasp equaliser in a
2-2 draw at Adams Park before City, the reigning champions, recorded a convincing victory against the Vixens.
Chelsea flattered to deceive for much of the first half before Remi Allen put Reading ahead after 35 minutes, slotting home her second goal of the season from close range after latching on to Fara Williams’s backheel. It was the first goal Chelsea had conceded in almost 400 minutes of WSL 1 football. Chelsea had forced Mary Earps, the Reading goalkeeper, into a couple of early saves from Drew Spence and Fran Kirby but it was from a second-half dead ball that they eventually prospered.
Karen Carney earned a free-kick after her quick footwork eluded Rachel Furness on the edge of the box and the England international got back to her feet to wrap her right boot round the ball and send a rasping effort beyond Earps. Chelsea’s manager, Emma Hayes, made a personnel change 10 minutes later, with Eni Aluko replacing Spence.
Aluko soon made the desired impact, sweeping Kirby’s low cross past Earps for her fifth goal of the season. But with almost the last kick of the game, Hayes’s side surrendered their 100% league record when Jo Potter’s deep free-kick was headed beyond the Chelsea goalkeeper, Hedwig Lindahl, by her own defender, Eriksson, in the second minute of added time. “This is a long season with a lot more games to be
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played and teams will not pick up points against Reading this season as they are a top team,” Carney said.
After making light work of
LSK Kvinner in the Champions League in midweek Manchester City beat Bristol City with another impressive display – Izzy Christiansen, Claire Emslie and Abbie McManus finding the net before Jennifer Beattie completed the rout. Christiansen opened the scoring from 12 yards, her second penalty in four days, her third goal in a week and her seventh of the season.
also gained ground on second-placed Chelsea with a 3-0 win over as the Gunners welcomed a new era under the manager, Joe Montemurro, at Meadow Park. Arsenal named the 48-year-old former
Melbourne City assistant coach as Pedro Martínez Losa’s successor last Tuesday and witnessed his team pick off the visitors with three second-half goals, courtesy of Louise Quinn, Vivianne Miedema and Danielle Carter.
The win moved Arsenal to within three points of Chelsea and five off the new league leaders.
On Saturday moved up to third with a 1-0 win against
courtesy of Niamh Charles’s neat lob. Meanwhile secured their first three points since returning to the top flight with a 2-0 win over
who on Friday announced their intentions to become a professional team next season. Courtney SweetmanKirk and Chloe Kelly scored the goals. “We’ve been having good performances but not getting the points on the board,” Kelly said. “I think in this game we proved that we deserve to be in this league.”
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