#FAWSL: Man City Women beat Birmingham after trailing twice

Birmingham City gave Manchester City a testing afternoon
Manchester City’s Caroline Weir goes for goal at Birmingham City. (Photo: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Manchester City had to twice come from behind to win at struggling Birmingham City in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Manchester United (Att: 1,776)
Everton 1-1 West Ham United
Birmingham City 2-3 Manchester City
Aston Villa 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal 4-0 Leicester City

Man City twice come from behind to beat Birmingham

Manchester City twice trailed at a winless Birmingham City before taking the points with a late goal.

Marie Hourihan got behind a powerful Caroline Weir 25-yard strike and als0 saved the follow-up from Ellen White.

Birmingham took a surprise leaden when Veatrikki Sarri was fouled in the area by Hayler Raso and Christie Williams comfortably converted the penalty.

Manchester City were quickly level with a super Georgia Stanway hit from 30 yards out, but fell behind again as Louise Quinn scored when they failed to clear a free kick, Lauren Hemp then heading home a cross by Raso to make it 2-2 before the interval.

Libby Smith just cleared the bar from the edge of the box as the hosts threatened to take the lead a third time, although it was the visitors to grabbed a late winner, Ellen White the scorer after a powerful run into the box by Kadija Shaw.

Spurs fightback to go third 

Spurs came from behind to lead at Aston Villa.
Aston Villa’s Alisha Lehmann reacts after Tottenham score their second goal (Photo: Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Tottenham came from behind to win 2-1 at Aston Villa and rise to third place in the league.

Remi Allen gave Villa the advantage but when Meaghan Sargeant conceded a penalty for a foul on Ria Percival, Kyah Simon converted from the spot to level the scores inside the half-hour mark.

Spurs had turned the game around halfway through the second period, Jess Naz racing away to set up Rachel Williams to score.

Sargeant saw her effort cleared off the Tottenham line as Villa could not quite get back on level terms.

Gunners go four points clear

Vivianne Miedema scores Arsenal's second against Leicester City
Vivianne Miedema scores Arsenal’s second goal against Leicester City. (Photo: James Chance/Getty Images)

Arsenal extended their lead over second-placed Chelsea when sending ten-player Leicester City to a ninth successive defeat.

The Gunners were ahead midway through the first half, with Vivianne Miedema passing to Jordan Nobbs who found the bottom far corner of the net.

Nikita Parris crossed for Miedema to hit home the second, and a push on her by Jemma Purfield brought the defender a red card.

Demi Lambourne made a number of saves to restrict Arsenal but in the last ten minutes Frida Maanum netted two headers, with Nobbs and Steph Catley the providers.

Man United catch up Brighton

Man United won at Brighton
Manchester United celebrate their first goal in a 2-0 win at Brighton. (Jordan Colborne/Sports Press Photo)

Manchester United went level on points with third-placed Brighton when beating them 2-0 away from home.

Vilde Bøe Risa forced a double save from Megan Walsh in the opening minutes, Albion’s keeper later denying the Norwegian twice before the break. But in first-half added time the visitors broke the deadlock, Ona Batlle was allowed space on the edge of the box from a corner and her drive was flicked into the bottom corner by Hayley Ladd.

Early in second half, Walsh got down well again to push away a Bøe Risa strike, Ella Toone fired a clear chance over the top, before Mary Earps had to make a brave save at the feet of Victoria Williams.

The Reds eventually got their second goal in the last quarter of the game, Bøe Risa glancing an Alessia Russo cross in off the far post. Ellie Brazil immediately threatened a reply but Earps made a good stop.

Duggan denies Hammers 

Toni Duggan got her first goal of the season for Everton
Toni Duggan got her first goal of the season for Everton (Photo: Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Toni Duggan finally scored her first goal of her second spell with Everton, as they rescued a point at home to West Ham.

Zaneta Wyne gave West Ham the lead with a tap in five minutes before half-time, although Duggan was close to equalising.

Everton did earn a draw in the latter stages, Duggan poking a ball from Simone Magill past keeper Mackenzie Arnold

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