#FAWSL: Four-goal Chelsea Women sink Manchester City

Chelsea celebrate during win at Man City
Fran Kirby of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their team’s third goal. (Photo: Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Chelsea ran out 4-0 winners at Manchester City to cut Arsenal’s lead in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

Everton 1-1 Manchester United
Birmingham City 0-1 Aston Villa
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Leicester City (Att: 3,566)
Manchester City 0-4 Chelsea
West Ham United 2-2 Reading

Chelsea cut gap on leaders

Chelsea went within one point of Arsenal following a 4-0 win away to Manchester City, who are now down to ninth place.

Jessie Fleming scored after just 66 seconds for Chelsea, after intercepting a stray pass from Karima Taieb.

Caroline Weir got through for Man City but Katrin-Ann Berger’s outstretched boot deflected it away, the keeper also doing just enough to prevent Lauren Hemp from scoring.

Then in first-half stoppage time, Fran Kirby headed back Ji So-yun’s cross for Sam Kerr to finish.

The points were wrapped up early in the second half, Fran Kirby curling home and Magda Eriksson heading in via a corner for 4-0.

Magill earns Everton draw with Man Utd

Manchester United were ahead inside ten minutes from a breakaway, Martha Thomas passing to Ella Toone who found the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Aoife Mannion almost hooked home a second via a corner, while Claire Emslie hit the bar for the hosts and Valerie Gauvin fluffed a shot when she might have equalised.

Simone Magill stabbed home the equaliser with 15 minutes to go, as Maria Thorisdottir tried to shield the ball back to Mary Earps.

The hosts threatened to go in front, while Sandy MacIver had to push a Toone strike out for a corner.

Brighton deny Leicester first point

Leicester City are still in search of their first ever WSL point, after conceding a stoppage-time goal at Brighton, who rise to third in the table.

Foxes’ Kirstie Levell tipped away a deflected effort from Danielle Carter but three minutes into added time, Maisie Symonds’ free-kick flew straight in.

Villa win second city derby

Aston Villa won the second city derby
Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah of Aston Villa competes for the ball with Rebecca Holloway of Birmingham City. (Photo: Morgan Harlow/Getty Images)

Aston Villa got the only goal of the game at St Andrews to defeat hosts Birmingham City.

Anita Asante headed Villa in front from a 25th-minute corner and that proved to be the decisive moment.

City almost levelled but a deflected header from Remi Allen was tipped over the bar by Marie Hourihan.

Royals retrieve two-goal deficit

West Ham let slip a two-goal advantage and had to settle for a draw at home to Reading.

Lisa Evans nodded West Ham ahead from close-range and Grace Fisk doubled the lead before the break with a back-post header.

Claudia Walker hit the bar, Tameka Yallop and Katerina Svitkova having efforts headed off the line by the Royals.

Justine Vanhaevermaet headed Reading back into the game and Emma Harries levelled when her header was adjudged to have crossed the line.

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