Manchester City gained ground on Manchester United in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League after victory in the derby.
Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United (Att: 5,317)
Everton 0-2 Aston Villa (Att: 419)
Birmingham City 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 Reading (Att: 1,159)
Leicester City 3-0 West Ham United
Weir nets dramatic winner in Manchester derby
Manchester City edged Manchester United 1-0 to move within two points of their visitors.
City had much of the first- half chances, Lauren Hemp with the best but unable to keep her half-volley down.
Jess Park hit United’s far post and moments later Ella Toone’s effort was pushed away by Ellie Roebuck.
Martha Thomas was very close with a header off a United corner but on 81 minutes Caroline Weir won possession and chipped the ball into the far corner from outside the box.
Roebuck had to make a couple more interventions to prevent United scoring, including racing out of her box to tackle Thomas.
Spurs back up to third
Birmingham City were left seven points adrift at the bottom after a home defeat to Spurs, who are now back in the Champions League places.
Ashleigh Neville made the breakthrough midway through the second half, Ria Percival secured the win with five minutes to go.
Brighton’s Green hits hat-trick
Kayleigh Green’s header from a cross by Megan Connolly on 20 minutes had Albion ahead and soon after the interval she netted her second, with Ellie Brazil this time the provider.
It was Green again just after the hour mark, as Victoria Williams played the ball into the box following a corner.
Emma Koivisto added a fourth to make certain there was on repeat of the recent Royals’ comeback, although Amalie Eikeland got a consolation from out on the right.
Foxes move eight points clear of danger
Leicester City stunned West Ham with two goals inside the first ten minutes, as the Foxes went on to rise to tenth in the table.
Natasha Flint fired home from outside the box in just the second minute and Ashleigh Plumptre headed in a cross from Jemma Purfield.
The home side further extended their lead early in the second half, Freya Gregory with a close-range finish from a ball by Shannon O’Brien.
Villa victorious at Everton
Aston Villa struck twice in a six-minute first-half spell for a victory at Everton, which left their hosts next to bottom in the table.
Emily Gielnik turned home a Jill Scott corner in the 17th minute and an Alisha Lehmann cross set up the second for Ramona Petzelberger.
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