Blackburn Rovers bagged their first ever FA Women’s Championship points with victory at a Durham side who until today boasted a perfect record.
FAWC results – 13 October
Durham 0-1 Blackburn Rovers (Att: 543)
Coventry United 1-2 London City Lionesses (Att: 469)
Lewes 0-3 Leicester City Women
Crystal Palace 1-5 Sheffield United
Stenson stifles Wildcats as Stewart sticks away penalty
Blackburn keeper Fran Stenson made a fine stop to keep out Sarah Robson’s point-black header before Natasha Fenton hit the bar at the other end.
When Abby Holmes was adjudged to have fouled Saffron Jordan in the box, Ellie Stewart converted the penalty.
Wildcats’ substitute Megan Bell was well denied by Stensom and Achterhof volleyed over the top as the hosts failed to find a leveller.
Five-goal Blades hit second spot
Sheffield United are second on goal-difference following a 5-1 win at Crystal Palace that featured a Jade Pennock hat-trick.
Pennock’s first was soon cancelled out by Magda Mosengo but she combined with Aimee Palmer to net again.
Olivia Ferguson extended the advantage 10 minutes into the second half, Veatriki Sarri’s corner flew straight in and Pennock then completed her treble.
Lionesses go fourth
London City Lionesses’ 2-1 success at Coventry United lifted them into fourth place, level on points with the two sides immediately above them.
Coventry had taken a very early lead though with a far-post finish from Helen Dermody.
Ylenia Priest’s flying header from a Flo Fyfe cross brought the equaliser and birthday girl Kallie Balfour came off the bench to grab the winner in stoppage-time.
Leicester land first win at Lewes
Leicester City’s first win of the campaign with an impressive 3-0 result at mid-table Lewes.
Annabel Blanchard’s shot was well saved by Faye Baker but Hayley James was on hand to turn home the rebound on 50 minutes.
Lachante Paul turned inside two defenders to curl in the second Foxes’ goal and Libby Smith added a late third.