Reading moved into the top half of The Barclays FA Women’s Super League after a stunning fightback away to West Ham United.
FA WSL results – 24 November
Manchester United 4-0 Brighton & Hove Albion (Att: 1,707)
Bristol City 0-5 Manchester City (Att: 1,212)
Everton 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Att: 150)
Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool (Att: 2,017)
Birmingham City 0-6 Chelsea (Att: 1,159)
West Ham United 2-3 Reading (Att: 1,392)
Royals make amazing recovery
Two goals behind and a player down, Reading battled back to win at West Ham with three quick goals.
West Ham were ahead in only the fourth minute, Katharina Baunach the scorer from Kenza Dali’s indirect free-kick in the box.
Fara Williams threatened an immediate equaliser but the Royals were down to ten with Rachel Rowe dismissed in first-hald stoppage-time.
Williams hit the post from a free-kick at the start of the second period but the hosts went two up through Lianne Kiernan.
However, the game was turned on its head as Reading struck three times in eight minutes. Kristine Leine scored from a set-piece by Williams who then played in Brooke Chaplen to level seconds later, before Jade Moore forced home a corner.
Sophie Howard hit the post and Anna Moorhouse turned a Williams free-kick onto the bar in a breathless spell.
Chelsea maintain one-point lead
Three first-half goals at Birmingham City set Chelsea on course for another three points.
Ji So-yun had them ahead 2 minutes in with a free-kick, Millie Bright and Beth England adding one each in the last 10 minutes of the half.
Drew Spence struck twice in a four-minute spell after the restart, England then also took her tally for the afternoon to two.
Bremer bags brace from bench
Manchester City’s win at Bristol City was given some gloss with three of their five goals coming in the dying minutes.
A Tessa Wullaert strike was the difference at the interval and although Vixens substitute Ebony Salmon forced Ellie Roebuck into two good saves, Ellen White doubled the visitors advantage in-between.
Pauline Bremer entered the field and scored twice in the last 10 minutes, Caroline Weir also netting with a drive from 20 yards.
Vixens’ striker Abi Harrison watched from the sidelines on crutches, having recently suffered an ACL tear in her knee.
Only one nil to the Arsenal
Arsenal had to settle for a narrow win over basement side Liverpool, as they remain just outside of the top two places on goal-difference.
Gunners’ goalie Manuela Zinsberger tipped Sophie Bradley-Auckland’s header onto the post before Jill Roord found Vivianne Miedema to drill home on 28 minutes.
Leah Williamson came closest to a second for Arsenal but was denied by the bar.
Toffees take points against Tottenham
Molly Pike scored one and made another as fourth-placed Everton eased to a 3-1 result over Tottenham Hotspur.
A Danielle Turner cross was put away by Pike from close range to give Everton a perfect start but Spurs were level inside 20 minutes as a defensive error gifted Lucy Quinn a goal.
The hosts regained the lead on 25 minutes, Becky Spencer having made a good stop failed to deal with the resulting corner, which went if for an own-goal off Anna Filbey.
Lucy Graham gave the Toffees a two-goal cushion from 20 yards after a pull-back by Pike for a comfortable victory.
Four-goal Man United go fifth
Manchester United sent Brighton home beaten 4-0, aided by Lauren James’ tap-in early on, which came just moments after Millie Turner had a finish ruled out for offside.
Leah Galton got her first of the season before the half-hour mark, her second on 67 minutes was set up by Kirsty Hanson, who also won a penalty which Katie Zelem converted.
Another loss for the Seagulls was forward Ellie Brazil, who misses the remainder of the campaign with a ruptured ACL.