City go top as Arsenal falter at Chelsea

The fourth week of the WSL season is in the books and we have new league leaders.

Manchester City are now top of the league after they beat Birmingham 3-0 at the Academy Stadium.

Arsenal lost away at Chelsea, leaving City as the only side in the league with a perfect record. City are also the only side who are still yet to concede this season.

Man City 3-0 Birmingham

Keira Walsh opened the scoring at the Academy with a fierce shot that was cruelly deflected into the Birmingham goal.

Going into the game, Birmingham had never lost their opening three WSL games but that record has now been broken after a poor start to the season from the Blues.

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City doubled their lead in the second-half – Janine Beckie’s cross was met by a lovely volley from Tessa Wullaert.

Wullaert could have had her second of the game a little later but was denied by the woodwork.

City’s third came through Lee Geum-min. The South Korean came off the bench to score the easiest goal of the game. A simple tap-in from six yards out.

City have won four of four in the league and seven of seven in all competitions.

Birmingham are now rock bottom of the WSL table, still yet to win a point this season.

Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

Chelsea have upset the reigning champions with a fantastic three points.

Arsenal opened the scoring less than 10 minutes in through Danielle van de Donk.

Linking up with Vivianne Miedema, she slipped the ball out into the net, just out of reach of Ann-Katrin Berger.

It took Chelsea the best part of an hour to get back into the game, with Bethany England smashing home on the end of Fran Kirby’s cross to equalise for the Blues.

Maria Thorisdottir got the winner for Chelsea. Ramona Bachmann laid it off for her to smack the ball into the far corner.

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Chelsea now move up to second in the table, whilst Arsenal drop down to third.

This is the first time Arsenal have lost in the league since January when they were beaten by… Chelsea.

Spurs 0-3 Manchester United

After battering Spurs twice last season, United have continued the trend with a resounding 3-0 win at the Hive.

Kirsty Hanson opened the scoring for United after less than a quarter of an hour.

United could have even scored before then, with a goalmouth scramble in the opening few minutes.

The lead was doubled in the second half as Ashleigh Neville turned the ball into her own net from a Leah Galton cross.

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Lauren James was sent off before United could score their third. The Reds’ striker got her second yellow just as the game was moving into injury time.

United shook it off and raced down the other end to get their third through Jane Ross, who had the simplest of finishes.

Reading 3-2 Everton

Four goals within the first 25 minutes is what greeted fans at Reading’s Adams Park.

Jade Moore scored less than six minutes in, but before the Royals knew it, Chloe Kelly had pegged Everton back into the game.

Moore got her second less than 10 minutes later as the game was shaping up to be one of the best of the weekend.

Everton were awarded a penalty as Lucy Graham was fouled by Remi Allen following a corner.

The Everton captain picked herself up and slotted home the penalty to level the game again.

Lisa-Marie Utland got the winner for Reading just before the 70th minute. The Norwegian got the faintest of touches on a corner after Fara Williams registered her third assist of the match.

Brighton 1-3 West Ham

West Ham – playing in their pink Breast Cancer Awareness kit – managed to come away from the People’s Pension Stadium with all three points this Sunday.

The Hammers were exactly that. Hammers. They pummeled away at Brighton until the Seagulls’ defence couldn’t hold strong any longer.

Martha Thomas got the first midway through the first-half before Kenza Dali netted the second through a penalty in the second.

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Alisha Lehmann wrapped it up three minutes later with her own effort.

Megan Connolly got Brighton a goal in the dying seconds but it was no more than a consolation.

Liverpool 1-1 Bristol City

Liverpool finally have their first point of the WSL season and it’s thanks to a Melissa Lawley penalty.

The Reds had to rely on the injection of pace provided by Rinsola Babajide to get the penalty after she came on for Courtney Sweetman-Kirk on the 70th minute.

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Bristol City took the lead through a freak goal from Ebony Salmon. Her cross ended up flying into the net over the head of Anke Preuss, who couldn’t really do much about it.

Liverpool will hope that this result will signal an upturn in fortune. Liverpool had lost every game this season before this game and will look to their Conti Cup match against Coventry next weekend as a chance to kick on.

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