Chelsea Miss Chance To Go Top

Sunday 10th July
FA WSL 1

Arsenal 2-0 Notts County (Att: 843)
Chelsea 1-1 Birmingham City (Att: 1,354)
FA WSL 2
Durham 3-0 Aston Villa (Att: 502)
London Bees 3-1 Oxford United (Att: 161)
Sheffield FC 1-0 Everton (Att: 304)
Yeovil Town 5-0 Watford (Att: 455)

Chelsea 1-1 Birmingham City

Birmingham conceded for the first time in six games as Chelsea fought back to draw, despite having Katie Chapman sent off.

Three minutes after the interval, City’s Charlie Wellings pounced on a defensive mistake to set up Freda Ayisi to fire into the bottom corner.

Emma Hayes immediately threw Eni Aluko on and within 5 minutes she had equalised, Ji So-Yun playing her in to find the far corner.

Karen Carney curled an effort narrowly wide and her raking pass then released Gemma Davison, who fizzed an effort beyond the post.

With 4 minutes left, Chapman got a second caution for felling Ayisi as she broke away but Chelsea may still have won and gone top but Claire Rafferty volleyed over from 10 yards out deep into stoppage-time.

Pictured – Eniola Aluko equalises – (Photo: Chelsea LFC)

Arsenal 2-0 Notts County

Arsenal defeated Notts County 2-0 with a goal in each half, to go third in the table.

The Gunners took only 10 minutes to score, an inch-perfect long pass from Jordan Nobbs set Danielle van Donk through on goal and she calmly stroked the ball home.

County’s Jess Clarke and Ellen White combined but Josephine Henning made a great last-ditch tackle and when White threatened again, Alex Scott intervened.

Sari van Veenendaal kept out a header from Laura Bassett after the break, shortly before
Nobbs doubled the lead, firing home after some neat build-up play.

Vicky Losada nearly made it 3-0 but Megan Walsh tipped the ball over the bar.

Yeovil Town 5-0 Watford

WSL 2 leaders Yeovil completed a league double over lowly Watford, thrashing them 5-0 to restore their three-point advantage.

Sarah Wiltshire opened the scoring from close range on 19 minutes and it was 2-0 when Nicola Cousins volleyed in Hannah Short’s header across goal.

Within a minute of the restart, Atlanta Primus calmly finished one-on-one with the Hornets’ keeper.

Two goals in a three-minute spell after the hour mark completed the scoring, with Helen Bleazard smashing in the first and then crossing for Wiltshire to net her second.

Sheffield FC 1-0 Everton

Sheffield FC improved their position to seventh on goal-difference, with a fine defeat of title hopefuls Everton, Jodie Michalska getting the only goal.

Midway through the first half, But a ball out wide by Dale picks out Michalska again who bullets the ball in the back of the net from a wide angle

Everton should have been level by the break but Claudia Walker’s ball across the face of goal was somehow put wide by Krystle Johnston.

Early in the second half, Carla Ward saw her shot turned around the post by the finger tips of the diving Blues’ keeper Kirstie Levell

Kelly Jones tried her luck for the visitors from 25 yards but Jules Draycott turned it wide of her goal

In the penultimate minute, Everton’s Gabby George was sent off for two yellow cards in quick succession.

Becky Salicki heads home for Durham. (Photo: Susan Gutteridge)

Durham 3-0 Aston Villa

Durham kept up their promotion push with a 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa lifting them into third and watched by their best crowd of the season.

The deadlock was broken on 40 minutes, when Steph Eadon teed up Sarah McFadden who curled the ball in.

Two goals in a five-minute spell midway through the second hald sealed the points. Becky Salicki rose highest to head home a corner, then Sarah Wilson smacked the bar but Eadon nodded in another flag-kick.

Villa were denied a consolation as Kerri Welsh lobbed Helen Alderson, only to see the ball strike the inside of the post.

London Bees 3-1 Oxford United

London Bees saw off a late Oxford rally with two quick goals to post a 3-1 victory and climb to fifth.

Nicola Watts poked a shot against the Oxford post from close range early on but it was almost half time before Ashley Goddard rose above the Oxford defence to head home.

Ini Umotong levelled with 8 minutes to go from a Lauren Allison cross, only for United to concede twice in the last minute.

Deanna Cooper powered home the first and Jo Wilson netted the second.

Pictured – Danielle van Donk gets Arsenal’s first goal against Notts County. (Image: tgspohoto.co.uk)


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