Barclays FA WSL: Chelsea go top, 20,000 watch Man Utd Women

Manchester United Women beat Everton at Old Trafford
Alessia Russo (L) of Manchester United celebrates with Jade Moore and Maria Thorisdottir after scoring their team’s third goal.  (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Chelsea thrashed Leicester City to go top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, Manchester United beat Everton at Old Trafford.

Manchester United 3-1 Everton
Manchester City P-P Birmingham City
Leicester City 0-9 Chelsea
West Ham United 0-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Chelsea storm into pole position

Chelsea made a flying start against the Foxes, scoring four times in the opening eleven minutes.

Guro Reiten won a free kick which she fired home herself, Sam Kerr netted at the second attempt after Demi Lambourne saved, Kerr then set up the first if a quick brace for Beth England.

It was 5-0 inside the half hour as England headed in her third from a cross by Reiten, who made it 6-0 herself in added time.

Ninety seconds after the restart England turned provider for Kerr to power home a header, then in the dying minutes Lauren James opened her account for Chelsea when sweeping home a Niamh Charles cross and finally Jess Fleming capped a flowing move with the ninth goal.

Russo at the double for Red Devils

Manchester United went three points clear of Manchester City in third but from one game more, when coming from behind to beat Everton.

Everton took the lead just over three minutes into the match, Kenza Dali sending Claire Emslie on a run into the box for a clinical finish across Mary Earps.

United got level half an hour later, a Katie Zelem corner headed over Sandy McIver and in by Alessia Russo.

Zelem buried a 53rd-minute penalty given when substitute Lucy Graham brought down Martha Thomas in the box.

Thomas gad a goal ruled out for offside but in the last ten minutes, Russo again nodded in a Zelem corner.

Seagulls sink Hammers to go sixth

Brighton beat West Ham to go sixth in WSL
Danique Kerkdijk of Brighton battles for possession with Adriana Leon of West Ham. (Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Brighton led 1-0 at the break away to West Ham from a third-minute goal, Aileen Whelan scoring from the edge of the box after being set up by Inessa Kaagman.

Megan Connolly hit the Hammers’ bar from distance but from a defensive mix-up inside the final ten minutes, Kaagman found the net to seal three points on the road for the Seagulls.

The result saw Brighton leapfrog West Ham, as they climbed two places into sixth place.

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