WSL round up: Beth Mead Arsenal return, Leicester remain unbeaten

Alessia Russo of Arsenal celebrates with Victoria Pelova and Beth Mead
Alessia Russo of Arsenal celebrates scoring the 2nd goal with Victoria Pelova and Beth Mead during the Barclays Womens Super League match vs Aston Villa Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Beth Mead marked her return to Arsenal at the weekend when she came on as a substitute against Aston Villa. The Lioness assisted her side’s winning goal against Aston Villa, which came from summer signing Alessia Russo.

Elsewhere, Leicester City kept their unbeaten streak alive with a big point against Manchester United after a 1-1 draw. Everton also edged out their rivals Liverpool at Anfield in the Merseyside derby.

Let’s take a look at how all the action unfolded. Find our full report from the Joie Stadium on Manchester City’s 5-0 win over Bristol right here.

Chelsea 2-0 West Ham

Goals from Sam Kerr and Erin Cuthbert gave Chelsea all three points as the Blues welcomed West Ham to Kingsmeadow. After a quiet opening spell, the two-time WSL Golden Boot winner headed the ball home, capitalising on an inch-perfect cross from Niamh Charles.

With Chelsea firmly in control of the tie, Cuthbert doubled her side’s lead in the 90th minute. The win gave the reigning Champions a valuable three points moving them into second in the table.

Manchester United 1-1 Leicester City

Aileen Whelan and Maya Le Tissier both got on the scoresheet as Manchester United and Leicester City played out a 1-1 draw at Leigh Sports Village. It was the Foxes who opened the scoring as Whelan fired home Courtney Nevin’s free-kick in the 60th minute.

However, the deadlock was restored through Le Tissier just seven minutes later. The defender’s goal put her side firmly back in the tie with just over 20 minutes left to play. Despite good chances for both sides though, the tie remained level with Leicester dropping their first points of the campaign.

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Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa

After going ahead through Maz Pacheco in the 25th minute, Aston Villa spent much of their tie with Arsenal defending their slender lead. While the Gunners enjoyed 25 shots throughout the game, they wouldn’t penetrate their opponent’s defence until well into injury time.

A late equaliser from Katie McCabe restored the deadlock in the 92nd minute. Just two minutes later Alessia Russo bagged the winner with her first WSL goal for her new side, earning the hosts a pivotal three points. Beth Mead marked her return with an assist after recovering from an ACL injury that kept her out of the World Cup.

The win puts Jonas Eidevall’s side into seventh having taken four points from a possible nine. Aston Villa meanwhile finished the weekend sitting 11th, having failed to take a single point from their opening three games.

Brighton 1-3 Tottenham

An eighth-minute opener from Elisabeth Terland gave the hosts the early lead. The goal marked the Norweigan international’s third in as many games. With half-time looming, Spurs began to increase the pressure on their opponent. Just seconds before the break, Martha Thomas found the back of the net to restore the deadlock.

A second for the visitors came from Grace Clinton as the 20-year-old marked her first WSL start with a spectacular strike from almost 30 yards out. A late injury-time goal from Ria Percival ensured the visitors a comfortable three points.

The win puts Tottenham fourth in the table, with just a single point separating them from league leaders Manchester City. Brighton remain third from bottom having picked up just three points from a possible nine.

Liverpool 0-1 Everton

In a thrilling Merseyside derby, Everton took all three points from their local rivals. The game marked the second time in just over a year that Anfield has hosted the fixture. With Liverpool the only remaining team yet to have dropped a single point, Matt Beard’s side had plenty to play for.

Both clubs enjoyed good chances in the opening exchanges, the only goal of the match came in the 31st minute. A header for Everton No.20 Megan Finnigan would be enough to earn all three points for her side.

The win moves Everton into eighth in the table as the Toffees finally claim their first points of the campaign. Liverpool ended the weekend in fifth as their unblemished record came to an end.

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