Manchester United took advantage of Chelsea’s postponement to go back to the top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with a comfortable 2-0 win over Birmingham City.
Sunday 24 January
Barclays FA WSL
Arsenal P-P West Ham United
Manchester United 2-0 Birmingham City
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-7 Manchester City
Bristol City P-P Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur P-P Everton
Reds retake leadership
Manchester United moved three points ahead of Chelsea at the top of the table but from two games more, defeating Birmingham City with two second-half goals.
Blues’ keeper Hannah Hampton made two good saves to deny Leah Galton and see City in on level terms at the break, in a half which the hosts lost Martha Harris to injury.
United took just 40 seconds after the restart to break the deadlock, Lauran James whipping the ball across the face of goal and Galton turning it in at the far post.
Birmingham remained in the game until ten minutes from time, when Ella Toone’s shot on the turn from the corner of the area went in off the upright.
Man City put seven past Seagulls to go third
Manchester City hit seven goals for the second successive weekend, overpowering hosts Brighton 7-1 to move above Arsenal into third place.
Man City were ahead after a dozen minutes, Chloe Kelly getting the ball across the top of the six-yard box and Caroline Weir with the firm finish.
Weir very soon had her second of the day. netting from the edge of the box after linking up well with Lauren Hemp.
It might have been a first-half hat-trick for Weir but Cecilie Fiskerstrand pulled off a smart save but it was three goals for City, as Steph Houghton turned in Alex Greenwood’s corner at the far post.
Two goals were added around the hour mark, Ellen White meeting Kelly’s delivery and Houghton netting a free-kick via the underside of the bar.
Rianna Jarrett took advantage of a stray pass to get a consolation, over for Kelly to then finish a fine team move for 6-1 and then make it three assists and Janine Beckie completed the scoring.