#FAWSL: Chelsea Women leapfrog Gunners into second place

Chelsea celebrate a goal in the defeat of Arsena
Maria Thorisdottir celebrates her winner for Chelsea. (Photo: Chloe Knott for The FA)

Chelsea came from behind to defeat Arsenal with a late winner in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, at the same time ending the Gunners 100% record.

BARCLAYS FA WSL – results for 13 October

Liverpool 1-1 Bristol City (Att: 924)
Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Manchester United
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-3 West Ham United (Att: 849)
Reading 3-2 Everton (Att: 616)
Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal (Att: 4,149)

Blues battle back to beat Gunners 

Danielle van de Donk gave Arsenal an early advantage in the huge derby clash at Chelsea, Vivianne Miedema with the assist.

Guro Reiten hit the bar with a great effort from distance as Chelsea responded with a period of pressure.

Beth England brought the Blues level when just before the hour mark, having been set up by Fran Kirby’s cross.

Miedema had the ball in the net but there was an offside flag against Beth Mead, who later went close with a curled effort.

Ramona Bachmann and fellow substitute Maria Thorisdottir combined to win it for Chelsea, the latter firing home on 86 minutes.

James sent off as Man United beat Spurs

Kirsty Hanson of Manchester United
Kirsty Hanson on the attack for Manchester United. (Photo: Michael Zemanek for The FA)

Only two Becky Spencer saves and the woodwork prevented Manchester United scoring in the opening 30 seconds but Kirsty Hanson did give them the lead in the 13th minute. Kit Graham threatened a couple of times for Spurs but in half where the visitors had a stack of chances with Lauren James always a handful for the defence.

It was a Tottenham own-goal that doubled the lead early in the second half, an unfortunate Ashleigh Neville turning a Leah Galton cross into the net.

Mary Earps had to tip a 25-yard Rachel Furness strike onto the bar and over, then in added time United lost James to a second yellow card as she was announced player of the match but Jane Ross still added a third goal as the Reds went fourth.

Lehmann brace helps Hammers win away

Alisha Lehmann set up West Ham’s opener midway through the first half at Brighton, Martha Thomas finishing from close range.

The Hammers secured the away win with a couple of quick goals, Kenza Dali and Lehmann netting in a three-minute spell.

Albion got a late consolation in stoppage time through Megan Connolly.

Williams’ three assists see Reading home

Fara Williams set up alll three Reading goals
Fara Williams had a hat-trick of assists as Reading eventually saw off Everton. (Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA)

Jade Moore headers had Reading in front twice in the first 20 minutes from Fara Williams set pieces but both were quickly cancelled out. Chloe Kelly was first to level and Lucy Graham made it 2-2 from the spot after a Remi Allen handball.

The Royals were ahead for a third time as Lisa-Marie Utland headed in with 20 minutes left, Williams again the provider, before Kelly missed the chance to get Everton’s third.

Lawley gets Liverpool off the mark

Bristol City led at the break at Liverpool through an Ebony Salmon effort from distance but it was not enough to secure their first win.

Liverpool scored their first goal of the season to earn a first point, with a 72nd-minute penalty converted by Melissa Lawley after Rinsola Babajide was brought down by Loren Dykes.

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