Manchester United lead the Barclays FA Women’s Super League for the first time, taking top spot from Arsenal after defeating them 1-0.
Barclays FA WSL Results for Sunday 8 November
Chelsea 4-0 Everton
Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal
Birmingham City 1-2 West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Aston Villa
Toone topples Gunners
A late goal by Ella Toone saw Manchester United become the first side to take points off Arsenal this season, thereby replacing them at the top of the league.
Manchester United were missing Alessia Russo – who scored twice last time out – after she suffered a hamstring injury in training but Christen Press almost broke the deadlock, forcing Manuela Zinsberger into a smart stop.
Jeckie Groenen was close with a header, Tobin Heath also had a chance and Toone fired over the top, as the Gunners’ 100% record remained under threat.
It was then Toone who found the net with seven minutes left, her shot in off the post from Jess Sigsworth’s pass.
Beth England features for four-goal Blues
Chelsea leapfrogged Everton in the table on goal-difference after a 4-0 win over the Toffees, in which Beth England scored two and made two.
A Ji So-yun effort was the difference at the break, after the South Korean had taken advantage of England forcing a defensive error.
Although Sandy MacIver tipped away an England strike after the break, the forward scored twice with her second coming on the follow-up from Erin Cuthbert’s shot against the woodwork.
Damaris Egurrola hit the post for Everton but England was again involved in Chelsea’s fourth, returning the ball to Pernille Harder for the Dane to find the top corner.
Hammers hit back to beat Birmingham
West Ham came from behind to register a first league win of the campaign at Birmingham City.
Claudia Walker opened the scoring for the Blues inside 10 minutes from a Mollie Green delivery.
Sarah Mayling hit the post as City went close to a second goal but close to the break, Adriana Leon’s cross saw Walker deflect the ball into her own net.
Walker almost restored the lead early in the second-half but her strike from distance hit the woodwork.
The advantage was instead gained at the other end with 16 minutes to go, Rachel Daly crossing for Emily van Egmond to nod in.
First top tier win for Villa
Aston Villa scored two second-half goals for a landmark win at Brighton.
Villa’s Stine Larsen headed against the goal frame after the interval but Anita Asante found the back of the net from the edge of the area, giving the visitors the lead just before the hour mark.
The Villains sealed their first ever win at this level in added time, Ramona Petzelberger chipping the ball over keeper Megan Walsh.