#FAWSL: Man City Women break Reading resistance to go top

Lauren Hemp set up Man City's winner
Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp (left) and Reading’s Kristine Leine battle for the ball. (PA Images)

Manchester City had to wait until the dying minutes to score against Reading and go top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

Saturday 27 March

Barclays FA WSL

Manchester United 2-0 West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Arsenal
Manchester City 1-0 Reading

Man City leave it late

Manchester City replaced Chelsea at the top of the table with the Londoners not playing until tomorrow, having edged Reading with a goal three minutes from time.

Ellie Roebuck prevented Man City from falling behind by getting a leg to an Amalie Eikeland shot when played in by Jess Fishlock.

The hosts went closest in the first 45, Chloe Kelly getting in behind and crossing for Lauran Hemp to thump a shot off the post.

Moloney tipped away a cross-shot from Caroline Weir, who had also put a clear chance from a Kelly cross over the bar.

It took a piece of magic from Hemp to bring about the late winner, jinking past three defenders and playing the ball into the six-yard box for Kelly to top home.

Man Utd mark Old Trafford debut with a win

Man Utd's Christen Press got the second goal
Manchester United’s Christen Press got the second goal of the game. (PA Images)

Manchester United made sure they stayed clear of Arsenal for the time being in the chase for the third UWCL place, defeating basement side West Ham with two second-half goals.

Lauren James nodded the hosts in front less than four minutes after the interval, when a corner was not cleared and Maria Thorisdóttir headed the ball goalward.

The lead was doubled ten minutes later, with Jackie Groenen playing in Christen Press for a convincing finish past Courtney Brosnan.

Dagný Brynjarsdóttir got through the home backline but was denied by the boot of Mary Earps, before the Icelandic international got a header on target only for the keeper to turn it round the post.

Any hopes of a Hammers fightback received a blow 13 minutes from time, with a second yellow card for Laura Vetterlein.

Arsenal win north London derby

Caitlin Foord scores Arsenal's first
Caitlin Foord (left) scores Arsenal’s opener. (Photo: Pedro Soares/SPP/Sports Press/PA Images)

Arsenal kept up the pressure on third-placed Manchester United with a 3-0 defeat of Spurs at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Gunners were very much on top and after making a 25th-minute breakthrough, went on to net a second before half-time.

Caitlin Foord neatly exchanged passes with Noelle Maritz to open the scoring and although Becky Spencer twice turned away strikes from Jordan Nobbs, a Katie McCabe corner resulting from the second save was volleyed home by Vivianne Miedema.

McCabe then rounded off the scoring just after the hour mark, when pouncing on a defensive error.

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