We’re now at the Christmas break, and as is tradition during the winter, we have some postponements in the Women’s Super League.
With only four games to give, the WSL still provided a true “Christmas Cracker” of a matchday. Here’s what went down.
Everton 1-3 Arsenal
Arsenal’s comfortable win over Everton was overshadowed by what seems to be a serious injury to England star Beth Mead.
Mead went down under a challenge from Gabby George and had to be stretchered off the pitch. She was seen on crutches after the game. We’ll have to wait to find out the extent of her injury.Embed from Getty Images
Arsenal got all three points thanks to a Vivianne Miedema brace and a penalty from captain Kim Little.
Everton were resolute in the first half and were only broken down by the class of Arsenal once, resulting in a world-class finish from Miedema.
The penalty came after Chloe Kelly took out the frustrations of the game on Kim Little, shoving the Arsenal captain off the ball.
Little stepped up and made no mistake, sending Tinja Korpela the wrong way from the spot.
Vivianne Miedema got her second after a Leonie Maier cross passed everyone in the box just to find Viv at the back post to tap in.Embed from Getty Images
That win keeps Arsenal on top of the table until the new year.
Manchester City 5-0 Brighton
Man City continue their impressive form with a resounding performance against Brighton.
There were five different goalscorers for Man City; demonstrating that it really doesn’t matter who is on the pitch, they can all score.
Steph Houghton opened the scoring – the City captain scored from an indirect free-kick less than two minutes into the game.Embed from Getty Images
Ellen White got the second with a finish reminiscent of her performances in a Lionesses shirt.
And Lauren Hemp got the third in the same week she signed her new Manchester City contract.
Georgia Stanway added the fourth before Pauline Bremer put the final nail in the coffin with less than five minutes to go.
Brighton are now at risk of getting dragged into the relegation scrap. They’re just three points ahead of Liverpool and Bristol City.
Birmingham P-P Manchester United
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
Despite being winless this season, Liverpool achieved one of the results of the season by holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw.
Emma Hayes’ Chelsea side are in the middle of a huge trophy push and this set-back now puts Arsenal back into pole position for the title.Embed from Getty Images
Niamh Charles opened the scoring, connecting with a well-placed Mel Lawley free-kick.
Beth England then equalised for Chelsea. The former Red put the Blues on terms on the quarter of an hour mark.
Liverpool then resisted the force that is Chelsea for the remainder of the game, securing a well-earned point and the right to say that they are no longer bottom of the WSL.
Reading 3-1 Spurs
Reading squeaked past Spurs at Adams Park thanks to some late drama.
Tottenham took the lead at the start of the second half. Siri Worm got her first career WSL goal to give Spurs the lead.
Reading, as they have done in recent weeks, came roaring back. Jo Potter scored her second in as many games. Remi Allen then scored a fantastic goal in the dying minutes of normal time to give Reading the lead.Embed from Getty Images
Then the fourth official held up the board that read 10 minutes added.
Spurs threw everything at the game pushing all of their players forward in search of the equaliser.
This played into Reading’s hands. The Royals broke away and managed to get their third in the 100th minute of play.
Amalie Eikeland scored the breakaway goal and it was her first goal since joining Reading from Sandviken in the summer.