WSL: Chelsea’s unbeaten 33-game run ended; Manchester United shocked by Reading

Leaders Chelsea’s record-breaking 33-game unbeaten run within the Women’s Super League got here to an finish as they have been surprised 2-1 by Brighton at Kingsmeadow.

After Manchester United’s shock defeat to Reading within the early kick-off, reigning champions Chelsea got here out of the blocks shortly and opened the scoring after simply 5 minutes. Sam Kerr looped a header over Megan Walsh from Erin Cuthbert’s pinpoint supply from a nook.

The lead lasted simply two minutes, although, as Brighton equalised from a nook of their very own. Aileen Whelan thundered a header previous Carly Telford from Megan Connolly’s centre.

Chelsea moved the ball sharply as they seemed to revive their lead because the snow swirled round Kingsmeadow, however Brighton caught to their activity nicely and went in all sq. on the break.

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With Hope Powell’s Seagulls staying compact and battling onerous, Emma Hayes turned to her bench 10 minutes into the second half.

Record signing Pernille Harder nearly put the Blues forward after 75 minutes however she might solely hook the ball onto the right-hand put up after good work down the left from Jonna Andersson.

Brighton received a nook from the ensuing assault and took a shock lead when Telford might solely palm Connolly’s inswinging nook into her personal internet within the 77th minute.

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Chelsea piled on the stress within the closing phases however Brighton’s heroic back-line stood agency they usually headed again to the south coast with a hard-fought three factors.

The Blues keep prime of the desk on purpose distinction however have a sport in hand on United.

Earlier within the day, Manchester United missed the chance to go prime of the Women’s Super League desk after a 2-0 defeat to Reading.

Natasha Harding was on track as Reading shocked Manchester United

Goals from Danielle Carter and captain Natasha Harding handed the Royals simply their second victory within the final 10 video games.

After a tense first half, the guests made the breakthrough when Harding was readily available to poke residence the ball residence after a goalmouth scramble from a nook.

The guests made it two objectives in as many minutes after Emma Mitchell’s free-kick picked out an unmarked Carter who guided a header residence.

Manchester City loved a fruitful journey to London as they claimed all three factors in a 2-1 win at Arsenal.

Ellen White and Lauren Hemp did the harm for City, whereas Australia worldwide Caitlin Foord offered the Gunners with their solely purpose of the sport.

Man City have a good time after scoring towards Arsenal

White broke the impasse 24 minutes in with a half-volley from contained in the field, connecting completely with Chole Kelly’s cross.

White’s purpose was her fifty fifth within the WSL and she or he is now the league’s all-time prime scorer after edging forward of Vivianne Miedema, who couldn’t discover the web for Arsenal on Sunday.

The residence facet have been fast to retaliate via Dutch worldwide Jill Roord, whose close-range purpose was dominated offside after 36 minutes.

Foord equalised for Arsenal 12 minutes into the second half, however parity was short-lived as Kelly as soon as once more offered an help – this time for Hemp, who thumped the ball into the again of the web with a header within the 79th minute.

The consequence lifts third-placed City seven factors away from Arsenal, who sit fourth with a sport in hand.

Danielle Turner (centre) scored for Everton towards Birmingham

Everton have been unable to shut the hole on the highest 4 in WSL as they have been held to a 1-1 residence draw by Birmingham.

Danielle Turner gave the hosts the lead within the first assembly of the 2 sides this season after two postponements of the fixture, however Birmingham levelled via Jamie-Lee Napier at Walton Park.

Willie Kirk’s Toffees made the breakthrough within the twenty second minute when Turner scored her first purpose of the season with a 19-yard free-kick.

However, the guests have been stage 10 minutes later. Goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela denied Claudia Walker from the penalty spot, just for Napier to react shortly and convert the rebound from shut vary.

Both groups gave debuts to new signings, with Jill Scott and Alisha Lehmann that includes for the Merseyside workforce and Arsenal teenager Ruby Mace within the Birmingham line-up.

Everton midfielder Megan Finnigan got here closest to scoring in a goalless second half with a glancing 89th-minute header which struck the crossbar.

Although the hosts had loads of possession, Carla Ward’s facet made certain of some extent with one other resilient defensive efficiency.

West Ham and Bristol City performed out a 1-1 draw

Matt Beard’s return to West Ham noticed his new facet Bristol City take some extent in a 1-1 draw.

It was the guests who took the lead within the bottom-of-the-table conflict within the eighth minute. Hammers midfielder Emily Van Egmond turned the ball into her personal internet from a Bristol City nook.

Ebony Salmon got here near extending the Robins’ lead however her shot from the left-hand facet of the penalty space got here again off a put up.

West Ham equalised within the early phases of the second half. Bristol City didn’t clear Van Egmond’s shot and the ball fell to Katerina Svitkova who slotted it into the right-hand facet of the web.

Neither facet might discover a winner, with Laura Vetterlein’s free-kick fantastically tipped over the crossbar by Bristol City goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley, whereas on the different finish Jemma Purfield’s shot hit the crossbar.

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