Liverpool Women win away to Manchester United

Manchester United v Liverpool FC - Barclays Women´s Super League LEIGH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Taylor Hinds of Liverpool celebrates after scoring their team's second goal during the Barclays Women´s Super League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Leigh Sports Village on December 17, 2023 in Leigh, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Taylor Hinds of Liverpool celebrates after scoring their winning goal. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Liverpool came from behind to win away to Manchester United and go level on points with them in the Barclays Women’s Super League.

Manchester United 1-2 Liverpool (Att: 6,303)
Everton 1-4 Manchester City
Bristol City 0-3 Chelsea (Att: 9,442)
Leicester City 1-1 West Ham United
Aston Villa 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Liverpool overcame an early deficit and difficult beginning to the match to win away to fourth-placed Manchester United. Ella Toone gave United an early lead just after Leah Galton hit the post, Melvine Malard missed an open goal from a tight angle and Millie Turner headed against the bar. Liverpool then came into the game and Mel Lawley’s cross to the near post appeared to take a touch off Emma Koivisto’s arm and go in via Turner’s head. The visitors went close to taking the lead but Missy Bo Kearns effort was touched over the bar by Mary Earps. They did so midway through the second half, Taylor Hinds volleying in a Marie Hobinger corner. Liverpool lost Gemma Bonner to a nasty clash of heads late on.

Everton FC v Manchester City - Barclays Women´s Super League
Khadija Shaw of Manchester City celebrates with Chloe Kelly after scoring their team’s first goal. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Khadija Shaw hit a hat-trick as Manchester City ran out 4-1 winners at Everton. Sara Holmgaard conceded an early penalty when fouling Lauren Hemp, Shaw’s spot-kick was saved by Courtney Brosnan. But Shaw did score twice aided, the first with a lob on the turn before Chloe Kelly found Jill Roord to make it 3-0 with just 25 minutes played. Aurora Galli pulled a great goal back from outside the box, only for Shaw to complete her hat-trick with a header from Kelly’s free kick.

Bristol City v Chelsea FC - Barclays Women's Super LeagueBRISTOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Lauren James of Chelsea is challenged by Amy Rodgers of Bristol City during the Barclays Women's Super League match between Bristol City and Chelsea FC at Ashton Gate Stadium on December 17, 2023 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Ryan Hiscott/Getty Images)
Lauren James of Chelsea is challenged by Amy Rodgers of Bristol City. (Photo by Ryan Hiscott/Getty Images)

Chelsea moved three points clear at the top for Christmas, with victory in from of nearly 10,000 at Bristol City. Lauren James fired the Blues ahead from 20 yards out, Erin Cuthbert volleyed home the second from Megan Connolly’s attempted headed clearance. Ffion Morgan looked set to halve the deficit before the break but Hannah Hampton rushed out to smother the chance. James hit the bar from 25 yards, from a Guro Reiten cross Sam Kerr headed Chelsea three up. They finished with ten players though, Niamh Charles being shown a second yellow card in added time.

Barclays FA Womens Super League - Leicester City v West Ham - King Power Stadium
Honoka Hayashi (West Ham) scoring the equaliser at Leicester City. (Sean Chandler / SPP)

Leicester City had to settle for a draw, after being pegged back by ten-player West Ham in stoppage time. The Foxes broke the deadlock midway throuigh the second half, Aileen Whelan the provider for Lena Petermann to net. The Hammers’ Hawa Cissoko got two cautions in added time but teenage substitue Princess Ademiluyi sent over the cross from which Honoka Hayashi levelled. The draw lifted West Ham off last place on goal-difference, at the expense of Bristol.

Aston Villa v Brighton & Hove Albion - Barclays Women´s Super League
Maisie Symonds of Brighton battles for the ball with Adriana Leon of Aston Villa. (Photo by Morgan Harlow/Getty Images)

Aston Villa edged Brighton 1-0 to leapfrog them into ninth spot. Adrian Leon got the only goal soon after the hour mark, squeezing the ball through keeper Sophie Baggaley’s legs at the near post. Villa lost Maz Pacheco to a second yellow card in the 89th minute.

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