#FAWSL: Chelsea Women bounce back, Brighton win again

Chelsea scorers, Harder and Kirby
Chelsea’s Pernille Harder celebrates her second goal with Fran Kirby. (PA Images)

Chelsea went three points clear at the top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with a 3-0 defeat of Arsenal, while Brighton beat West Ham.

Wednesday 10 February 

Chelsea 3-0 Arsenal
Birmingham City P-P Aston Villa (frozen pitch)
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur P-P Bristol City (frozen pitch)

Harder bags brace for Blues

Chelsea put the weekend’s shock defeat behind them by sending Arsenal to a 3-0 defeat with three second-half goals.

Vivianne Miedema saw her shot kept out by the outstretched boot of Ann-Katrin Berger, while also in the first half at the other end, a Fran Kerby effort was headed for the bottom corner before Lydia Williams got down to turn it away.

The Blues did strike the first blow three minutes after the restart, Kirby feeding Pernille Harder whose effort was well placed low into the far corner of the net.

Sam Kerr clipped the bar before Kirby pulled the ball back for Harder to strike high into the centre of the net.

Berger turned Katie McCabe’s shot via a free kick away from the post and Kirby cut the ball back across Williams to complete the scoring.

The result leaves the Gunners seven points off the Champions League places, ahead of Friday evening’s Manchester derby.

Back-to-back wins sends Brighton seventh

Brighton celebrate Aileen Whelan's goal
Brighton celebrate Aileen Whelan’s goal. (PA Images)

Brighton followed up Sunday’s stunning win at Chelsea by edging West Ham 1-0 with an Aileen Whelan effort.

Hammers’ Emily van Egmond saw her header bundled off the line midway through the first half, moments later Lee Geum-min forced a fingertip save at the other end from Mackenzie Arnold.

Brighton did then take the lead just after the half-hour, Megan Connolly’s corner coming through for Whelan to meet it on the volley and send it in off the post.

Laura Vetterlein came closest to levelling but her free kick came back off the crossbar, leaving West Ham two points above the one relegation place.

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