Barclays FAWSL: Chelsea Women leave it very late to defeat Villa

Chelsea ;eft it very late against Aston Villa
Reaction to Sam Kerr’s stoppage-time breakthrough for Chelsea. (Pedro Soares/Sports Press Photo)

Chelsea needed a stoppage-time winner against Aston Villa, Manchester City had a hard-fought win at Spurs in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester City
Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa (Att: 2,665)
Birmingham City 0-1 West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-3 Arsenal (Att: 2,535)

Kerr breaks Villa hearts

Chelsea had to wait until stoppage time to make the breakthrough against Aston Villa, as they kept the chance of winning the title in their own hands.

Sam Kerr was denied by Hannah Hampton and was narrowly wide with a header, before having a goal ruled out for offside in the dying minutes.

Remi Allen then grazed the far post for Villa but when long ball from keeper Zecira Musovic was not dealt with, Kerr was able to stab it past Hampton.

Arsenal retain five-point lead

Arsenal won at Brighton
Stina Blackstenius scores Arsenal’s first goal against Brighton. (Jordan Colborne/Sports Press Photo)

Megan Walsh tipped a Lotte Wubben-Moy header over the bar, stopped two Vivianne Miedema strikes and a Stine Blackstenius follow-up all in the first dozen minutes.

Blackstenius swept the Gunners ahead in the 27th minute from Caitlin Foord’s pass, Miedema played in Beth Mead for the second shortly after.

Foord crossed for Blackstenius to nod home, the Swede then denied a first-half hat-trick by the post.

Kayleigh Green went close twice for Brighton, Lee Geum-min blazed over, while Nikita Parris missed a great chance for the Gunners.

Weir wins it for City

Man City won 1-0 at Spurs
Daniela Torres/Sports Press Photo

Caroline Weir hit the post from her free kick early in the second half and bundled the ball home at the far post after the hour mark from a Hayley Raso delivery.

Ellie Roebuck crucially caught a deep Kerys Harrop cross, when Ashleigh Neville collided with her and was eventually substituted.

City are now within two points of Spurs and still with one game in hand.

Birmingham beaten by West Ham

West Ham goalscorer, Adriana leon.
Adriana Leon scores for West Ham. (Karl Newton/Sports Press Photo)

West Ham went in 1-0 up at half time away to Birmingham City, Adriana Leon having scored via a Katerina Svitková corner on 41 minutes.

City’s Marie Hourihan saved a Kate Longhurst strike from the edge of the area to keep the hosts in the game, while Louise Quinn saw her header deflected over the Hammers’ bar.

Emily Whelan twice went down under challenges in the area in quick succession but Birmingham calls for penalties  were dismissed on both occasions.

The narrow win lifted West Ham above Reading on goal-difference, while pushing Birmingham closer to the drop.

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