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Chelsea enjoyed a perfect day in their first match in their new home at Kingsmeadow with a 6-0 victory over newly promoted Bristol City.
Emma Hayes' side were quickly out of the blocks and a diving header from Drew Spence gave them an early lead, before Fran Kirby added a second ahead of the interval. Maren Mjelde made it three soon after the restart and Chelsea went on to double their advantage in the final eleven minutes, Mjelde completing her double along with further goals from new signing Magdalena Eriksson and Gilly Flaherty.
Manchester City began their defence of the title by also winning comfortably, 4-0 away to the other newly promoted side, Yeovil Town. They took the lead with seven minutes on the clock when Izzy Christiansen scored from the penalty spot after Nikita Parris had been floored by Nadia Lawrence in the area, then added a second just before half time when Claire Emslie produced a superb piece of skill before setting up Jane Ross. Jill Scott made it three on the hour mark and Georgia Stanway drove home the final goal, seven minutes from time.
The WSL 1 season had got underway on Friday night with the Merseyside derby, shown live on television, and it was Liverpool who emerged as 2-0 winners over Everton. After a goalless first half, the Reds took the lead with twenty minutes remaining through Natasha Harding and Niamh Charles wrapped up the win in injury time.
Arsenal played host to Birmingham City and the two sides produced a five-goal thriller which went to the wire. Ellen White gave the Blues the lead against her former club, with the Gunners levelling ten minutes before the break through Jodie Taylor. White then netted a second to put Birmingham back in front but - despite being reduced to ten players through Louise Quinn's sending off - Arsenal fought back into the game and after Lisa Evans levelled the scores on her debut, Taylor had the final say by scoring a last minute penalty to give Arsenal victory.
Sunderland meanwhile made it a winning start with a 1-0 success at Reading FC Women, thanks to a sixth minute goal from Simona Koren. Reading piled on the pressure from this point but Sunderland stood firm and, with goalkeeper Anke Preuss in outstanding form, they held on for three hard earned points.
Photo - Manchester City winger Claire Emslie takes on Yeovil Town full back Helen Bleazard.
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