Barclays #FAWSL: Man City Women comeback to defeat the Gunners at the death

Man City celebrate their winner
Manchester City’s Caroline Weir celebrates scoring her side’s winning goal. (PA Images)

Manchester City overcame an early setback to defeat Arsenal at the death in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

WSL results – 13 December 

Reading 1-2 Manchester United
Birmingham City P-P Everton (waterlogged pitch)
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Chelsea
Bristol City 0-4 West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Aston Villa
Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

Weir whips in stoppage-time winner 

Manchester City came from behind to beat Arsenal with a very late Caroline Weir strike, which put them within a point of the Gunners.

Arsenal made the perfect start away at Manchester City, Vivianne Miedema with a clinical strike from the edge of the box into the far corner of the net after little more than two minutes.

From a Chloe Kelly corner, Sam Mewis headed in a 30th-minute leveller past Lydia Williams.

The Gunners survived a stoppage-time goalmouth scramble but there was still time for Weir to rifle in an 18-yard effort.

Leaders win with Ladd’s late goal 

Man Utd match-winner Hayley Ladd
Manchester United’s Hayley Ladd heads home the winner. (PA Images)

Hayley Ladd scored in the last ten minutes to give Manchester United a narrow victory at Reading.

Leah Galton gave the visitors a first-half lead and was denied a second when Grace Moloney raced out of her area to make the challenge.

The Royals were level before the hour mark when Jess Fishlock’s ball forced an own-goal from Millie Turner but from an 83rd-minute corner a deflection presented Ladd with the chance to head the winner.

Kerr sends Chelsea second

Sam Kerr got all three Chelsea goals last Sunday and scored the only one of the game this weekend in the away win over Brighton, which lifted them above Arsenal in the table.

Kerr nodded the visitors in front on 21 minutes, meeting Pernille Harder’s cross with an angled header into the far corner.

Brighton were denied an equaliser by the woodwork, Denise O’Sullivan hitting the crossbar before Millie Bright cleared the rebound.

Spurs make it back-to-back wins

Tottenham's Alex Morgan
Tottenham Hotspur’s Alex Morgan was involved in their first tow goals. (PA Images)

Spurs moved level on points with seventh-placed Birmingham City with a 3-1 result over Aston Villa.

Alex Morgan won and converted a penalty after 13 minutes for Spurs but Nadine Hanssen’s fantastic lob from distance made it 1-1.

Morgan’s cross saw Caroline Siems deflect the ball into her own net to restore Tottenham’s lead before the break.

Rosella Ayane extended the lead when her deflected effort wrong-footed keeper Lisa Weiss.

Hammers hit four past Robins

Bristol City suffered a second successive 4-0 home basement battle defeat, with West Ham banking some precious points.

Yana Daniels’ attempted clearance went in of team-mate Jemma Purfield, who was to cross for Gemma Evans to net but it was chalked off for offside.

A couple of goals around the hour mark sealed victory for the Hammers, Emily van Egmond volleying home from a  Martha Thomas cross. before delivering for Rachel Daly to head in.

Thomas then got on her scoresheet herself aided by Kenza Dali’s pass.

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