Chelsea swiftly took back the Barclays FA Women’s Super League top spot from Manchester City with victory over Aston Villa.
Sunday 28 March
Barclays FA WSL
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-5 Everton
Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa
Birmingham City 1-1 Bristol City
Kerr bags brace for Blues
Chelsea are once again two points clear at the top of the table after a comfortable 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Aston Villa.
Villa limited the Blues to one goal in the first-half, lost captain Marisa Ewers to injury. Fran Kirby delivered the ball into the box and Sam Kerr’s header going went in off Asmita Ale and the post.
Chloe Arthur had a good strike comfortably saved by Zećira Mušović before Kerr netted again, clipping the ball beyond Lisa Weiss after the keeper did not get sufficient distance on a clearance.
Birmingham rescue point against Bristol
The relegation ‘six-pointer’ saw Birmingham City draw 1-1 with Bristol City, a result which lifted the visitors above Aston Villa into tenth place.
Charlie Wellings had the Robins ahead inside a quarter of an hour, following up a Carla Humphrey effort on goal.
Sarah Mayling saw her strike tipped onto the bar by Sophie Baggaley but after a couple of consecutive corners, Christie Murray found the top corner from the edge of the box.
Five-goal Toffees give Seagulls a tough afternoon
Hayley Raso hit a hat-trick as Everton ran out 5-0 winners over Brighton, to end the Seagulls’ four-match winning run.
Two goals in as many first-half minutes saw Everton in control away to Brighton, with Raso very much involved in both.
She won a penalty when challenged by Maya le Tissier and Megan Walsh midway through the half and Izzy Christiansen tucked the spot-kick into the bottom corner. Raso again burst into the box and despite the attention of several defenders, was able to find the net.
Less than three minutes after the interval and Raso headed home from almost on the line from Claire Emslie’s cross.
Simone Magill prodded over the line via a Christiansen set piece and Raso completed her treble, before Brighton’s Aileen Whelan was denied a consolation goal by the crossbar.