Chelsea stayed goal-difference ahead of Manchester United at the top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
Sunday 31 January results:
Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Aston Villa P-P Arsenal (waterlogged pitch)
Manchester City 4-0 West Ham United
Everton 0-2 Manchester United
Three-goal rush sets up Chelsea victory
Chelsea overcame Tottenham Hotspur 4-0, despite a good start from the visitors, to remain top of the table.
The Blues scored three times in a dozen first-half minutes but had been fortunate to not go behind, as Ann-Katrin Berger was earlier forced into diving saves by Lucy Graham and Ria Percival, the latter seeing her shot tipped onto the post.
However, Melanie Leupolz worked herself some space to find the corner of the net from outside the box, seconds later Fran Kirby set up Pernille Harder whose effort was glanced into her own net by Abbie McManus, before Harder’s cross was firmly headed home by Sam Kerr.
Beth England cam off the bench and immediately won a penalty which Leupolz tucked away, the hosts then coming closest to a fifth as Percival did well to head Harder’s drive off the line and Ji So-yun’s late strike was turned round the post by Aurora Mikalsen.
Man United keep pace with leaders
Manchester United took maximum points away to Everton to stay level on points with leaders Chelsea.
The Reds were in front inside 10 minutes despite a parry by Sandy MacIver from Leah Galton’s cross, Ella Toone in the right place to force the ball home.
The lead was doubled in the last five minutes of the half, Everton never really clearing the ball and Hayley Ladd slipping the bal through for Christen Press to score.
Early in the second half, Mary Earps turned away Jill Scott’s goal-bound strike from outside the box, which was the closest Everton came to halving the deficit.
Man City extend gap over Gunners
Manchester City moved four points ahead of fourth-placed Arsenal with a comfortable win over West Ham.
Caroline Weir got City’s opener in the ninth minute, arriving late in the box to net after the ball came her way.
Six minutes before the break it was 2-0, Chloe Kelly and Lucy Bronze combining to get the ball into the box, where Georgia Stanway finished.