#FAWSL: Chelsea Women go five points clear with five-goal win

Pernille Harder was among the goals for Chelsea
Chelsea’s Pernille Harder on the attack against Bristol City. (PA Images)

Fran Kirby scored twice as Chelsea won 5-0 at Bristol City to go five points clear at the top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

Sunday 14 February

Barclays FA WSL

Reading 1-1 Everton
Aston Villa P-P Arsenal (frozen pitch)
Bristol City 0-5 Chelsea

Kirby brace helps sets up Blues win

Fran Kirby glanced in a Maren Mjelde corner to open the scoring for the Blues and although City then held out for a time, the visitors struck twice in three minutes. Sophie Ingle won a tackle to set up Pernille Harder to drive home and then Kirby netted her second of the afternoon.

Another quick double before the hour mark saw Beth England set up a Sam Kerr header and then slide in the fifth goal herself.

Chelsea are now five points ahead of Manchester City from a game more, Bristol two points adrift of West Ham at the bottom, also having played an extra match.

Royals and Toffees tie

Reading's Lily Woodham (left) and Everton's Alisha Lehmann
Reading’s Lily Woodham (left) and Everton’s Alisha Lehmann. (PA Images)

Reading remain goal-difference behind Everton after a 1-1 draw in the meeting of sixth versus fifth.

Amalie Eikeland twice threatened for Reading, forcing a save from Tinja-Riikka Korpela with Megan Finnegan denying a follow-up from Rachel Rowe, before hitting the near post after which Finnegan headed Natasha Harding’s effort over the bar.

The Royals did make the breakthrough on 35 minutes though, Emma Mitchell’s free-kick parried by the Everton keeper but Rowe was on hand to volley home.

The Toffees piled on the pressure in the second half and it paid dividends as Nicole Sorensen levelled in the 77th minute, heading home from a Hayley Raso cross.

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