Title rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United scored seconds from the end and in the first minute respectively, Millwall won for the first time and Aston Villa’s victory came despite a red card.
Wednesday 20 February
Sheffield United 0-4 Manchester United (Att: 1,008)
Aston Villa 2-0 Charlton Athletic (Att: 290)
Millwall Lionesses 3-1 London Bees (Att: 243)
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Leicester City WFC (Att: 318)
Spurs leave it late
Tottenham Hotspur retained a five-point advantage at the top but only after a stoppage-time goal defeated visitors Leicester City.
Demi Lambourne in the Foxes’ goal did much to frustrate Spurs, including two spectacular saves from Sarah Wiltshire and tipping an Emma Beckett effort round the post.
Leigh Dugmore and Melissa Johnson had threatened for City and Rosie Axten was thwarted late on by Chloe Morgan, before on 96 minutes Angela Addison took on the Leicester defence and found the bottom corner of the net.
Man United ahead in moments
What a start for #MUWomen as @KatieZel curls home in the first minute! pic.twitter.com/j2IgfAXz84
— Manchester United Women (@ManUtdWomen) February 20, 2019
Manchester United made the perfect start with a very early goal at Sheffield United, on their way to a 4-0 result.
Katie Zelem took only 30 seconds to get the opening goal for the visitors and a Lauren James solo effort doubled the lead inside the half-hour mark.
Ella Toone converted a penalty before the break and crossed for Mollie Green to complete the scoring with a header just 6 minutes into the second half.
Villa dent Charlton hopes
Charlton Athletic could be left with too much to do in the promotion race after a 2-0 setback at Aston Villa, who were reduced to ten players for the last 20 minutes.
Villa were in front on 14 minutes when Sophie Haywood struck the ball into the roof of the net after a good run down the left wing.
The lead was doubled just after the half-hour when Kerri Welsh slotted the ball home but she was sent off for her reaction to foul by Harley Bennett.
Elizabeta Ejupi went closest to getting the Addicks back in the match but Elisha N’Dow cleared off the line.
Clarke brace helps Millwall claim first win
Millwall were celebrating a breakthrough victory as Evie Clarke struck twice against former side London Bees, the Lionesses coming from behind to take all three points.
Daisy McLachlan put the Bees ahead early on from the edge of the box but approaching half time Annie Rossiter won the ball and smashed it past Sarah Quantrill.
Ellie Wilson’s header hit the post for Bees before Clarke struck twice in 6 minutes to secure the win, the second a stunning overhead kick from a Beth Lumsden set-piece.