Barclays #FAWSL: Chelsea Women within striking distance of Gunners

Guro Reiten gave Chelsea the lead against Manchester City
Guro Reiten of Chelsea scores their side’s first goal past Ellie Roebuck. (Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Chelsea edged Manchester City 1-0 with a Guro Reiten goal to close in on Barclays FA Women’s Super League leaders Arsenal.

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City (Att: 3,329)
Everton 1-2 Reading
Birmingham City 1-2 Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Aston Villa 1-2 West Ham United

Chelsea pile pressure on Gunners

Chelsea moved within two points of leaders Arsenal with a game in hand, after a narrow win over Manchester City.

They were ahead on 14 minutes when Jess Carter cross was met by an angled header from Guro Reiten, which found the bottom corner of Ellie Roebuck’s net.

Ann-Katrin Berger had to rush out to tackle Kadija Shaw and was forced into a diving save from a Jess Park shot.

City had a period of pressure late in the game but efforts by Caroline Weir and Lauren Hemp brought interceptions from Anouk Nouwen and Millie Bright respectively.

Spurs sink Seagulls with quick treble

Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-0 victory over Brighton put them just a point short of third-placed Manchester United.

Kyah Simon connected with a Molly Bartrip long ball to lob Brighton keeper Megan Walsh, giving Spurs a 12th-minute advantage.

Tottenham took full control with three goals in a six-minute second-half spell, Ashleigh Neville getting the first those in a 57th-minute breakaway. A Shelina Zadorsky goal and second from Simon put the points out of the Seagulls’ reach.

Leicester beat Birmingham in basement battle

Leicester City concede a penalty
Emily Ramsey fouls Jess Sigsworth for a penalty. (Gareth Evans/Sports Press Photo)

Birmingham City are five points adrift of Leicester City after being beaten at home in the clash of the bottom two.

A crucial moment in the battle against relegation came when Birmingham keeper Emily Ramsey was sent off for a foul on Jess Sigsworth, the forward getting to her feet to put the resulting penalty past Lucy Jones.

The hosts fell two behind before the break, with Jemma Purfield scoring direct from a corner.

Louise Quinn gave the home side late hope, heading in from a set-piece on 85 minutes.

Reading comeback to defeat Everton

Reading recovered from going a goal down at win 2-1 at Everton and go fifth ahead of Manchester City.

Anna Anvegård gave Everton the lead just five minutes in from a Claire Emslie corner, it should have been 2-0 early in the second half, but Izzy Christiansen’s spot-kick was saved by Grace Moloney.

Moments after Natasha Dowie had had an effort saved, she found the net from outside the box to draw Reading level 16 minutes from the end.

F0llowing a scramble in the penalty area, Tia Primmer netted an 88th-minute winner for the Royals.

West Ham go level with Man City

West Ham went level on points with Manchester City after a 2-1 win at Aston Villa.

They led when Abbey-Leigh Stringer took advantage of a spillage by Hannah Hampton from a corner to poke home.

Alisha Lehmann levelled from the spot when Ramona Petzelberger was brought down but Katerina Svitkova restored the Hammers’ lead early in the second half.

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