Liverpool and Durham drew 1-1, as Sheffield United ended the first day of the FA Women’s Championship as leaders with a 4-1 away win.
FA WC – results for 6 September
Charlton Athletic 2-2 Crystal Palace
Coventry United 3-1 London Bees
Leicester City 3-0 Blackburn Rovers
Liverpool 1-1 Durham
London City Lionesses 1-4 Sheffield United
Durham deny Liverpool
Liverpool had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Durham, despite going in one up at the interval from a Rachel Furness finish.
But the Wildcats’ Beth Hepple beat Rachael Laws three minutes from time to take a point back to the North East.
Blades bag four
Sheffield United got off to a flying start with a 4-1 result at London City Lionesses, despite the hosts levelling through Freda Ayisi early in the second half.
Jade Pennock and Katie Wilkinson each bagged a brace to delight new Blades boss Neil Redfearn. “We were excellent against a decent opponent. They gave us problems but we were resolute and got on the front foot, the finishing was superb,” he said.
Flint at the double for Foxes
Leicester City had a narrow lead over Blackburn Rovers at the break but a second-half Natasha Flint double sealed the points. Sam Tierney had earlier played in Charlie Devlin to slot home the opener.
Late leveller sees derby drawn
Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace both scored in the first half-dozen minutes of their local derby clash, Jess King netting for the Addicks and Bianca Baptiste hitting straight back for the Eagles.
Cherelle Khassal put Palace ahead by the break but Shauna Vassell equalised with three minutes left, days after signing for Charlton.
Three goals and points for Coventry
Coventry United kicked off with maximum points against London Bees. Amy Wathan, Nikki Miles and Shannon O’Brien put the hosts in control, Merrick Will pulling one back early on.