BWSL: Chelsea Women see off Everton despite own-goal equaliser

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Chelsea’s Guro Reiten is awarded a penalty after Courtney Brosnan’s tackle. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Chelsea won away to Everton in the Barclays Women’s Super League despite conceding an equaliser from an own-goal.

Manchester United 4-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Everton 1-3 Chelsea 
Manchester City 4-0 Leicester City (Att: 2,853)
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Liverpool (Att: 2,102)
Reading 0-1 Arsenal (Att: 3,611)

Chelsea overcome own-goal set-back to beat Everton

Lauren James had a strike deflected onto the crossbar but Chelsea made the breakthrough after 37 minutes, Guro Reiten’s cross met by Pernille Harder’s clinical header into the bottom corner. Everton were level after the break via a corner, with Kadeisha Buchanan helpless as the ball deflected into her own net. However, the lead was soon restored when Reiten went down under Courtney Brosnan’s challenge and Harder stroked home the resulting penalty. Niamh Charles made sure if the points in added time, three defenders unable to stop her finding the bottom corner.

Spurs win with own-goal

Tottenham Hotspur’s first game at Brisbane Road saw them make a winning start there, in frot of a crowd of 2,105.  Niamh Fahey conceded an 11th-minute own-goal off a Celin Bizet effort as Spurs took all three points against Liverpool. The lead might have been extended by the break but both Drew Spence and Ashleigh Neville hit the woodwork.

Three in a row for United

Manchester United made it three straight wins in the league when putting four goals past Brighton. Ella Toone gave them an early lead from Ona Batlle’s cross, then tucked away a second past Megan Walsh when played in by Leah Galton. The favour was returned to make it 3-0 and Mary Earps turned away an Elisabeth Terland shot to keep the three-goal lead into half-time. Adriana Leon made it 4-0 with a dozen minutes left.

Ella Toone of Manchester United scores her side’s first goal. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)

Narrow Arsenal win in front of record Royals’ crowd

Reading’s Jackie Burns was forced into a save by Stina Blackstenius after just 30 seconds but the Swedish international did find the back of the net with a shot on the turn later in the half. In-between time, Laura Wienroither missed a great close-range chance for a dominant Gunners team. Caitlin Foord had an effort deflected onto the post, while Emma Harries had a rare chance for the Royals but Manuela Zinsberger got a foot to it. Burns kept her side in it when saving a Kim Little penalty, Natasha Dowie had two goalbound efforts cleared by Zinsberger and Frida Maanum in quick succession.

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Arsenal’s Stina Blackstenius takes a shot against Reading. (James Whitehead/SPP)

Man City off the mark

Manchester City recorded their first points at the third attempt, defeating Leicester City at the Academy Stadium. Khadija Shaw headed them one up from a Lauren Hemp cross and it was she who doubled the lead in the 72nd minute, getting in front of her marker to head home Chloe Kelly’s cross. Shaw made it 3-0 when tucking away the rebound after Kirstie Levell had parried Alex Greenwood’s penalty, awarded for Sophie Howard’s tackle on Shaw. Yui Hasegawa got on the scoresheet when whipping the ball into the far corner from just outside the box.

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Khadija Shaw celebrates her first-half goal for Manchester City against Leicester City. (Natalie Mincher/SPP)

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