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Chelsea and Manchester City have moved five points clear of the chasing pack in FA WSL 1 after the two sides recorded victories in contrasting fashions on Sunday.
Manchester City were the first of the two sides in action against Birmingham City and it was the Blues who took a sixth minute lead when Lucy Quinn scored her first goal for the club. Man City increased the pressure into the second half but a typically well organised Blues defence stood firm until fifteen minutes from time, when Paige Williams was adjudged to have fouled Nikita Parris in the area and Izzy Christiansen converted the resulting penalty. Birmingham were then reduced to ten players when captain Kerys Harrop was sent off for violent conduct and the home side took the lead for the first time in injury time through a Jennifer Beattie header, before Christiansen sealed the win with a second penalty.
Chelsea meanwhile eased to a 6-0 victory over Yeovil Town to ensure they remain as leaders on goal difference. Emma Hayes' side made a powerful start to the game by netting four times in the opening quarter, Crystal Dunn, Eniola Aluko and Karen Carney all getting on the scoresheet before Dunn scored her second. After the break, Carney and Aluko also completed their doubles as Chelsea ran up a total of six or more goals for the third time in four league matches.
Reading FC Women occupy third place after their powered to a 5-0 win at Bristol City on Saturday night. Fara Williams fired them in front with just three minutes on the clock and quick strikes from Rachel Rowe and Remi Allen put the Royals well in control. It could have been even worse for the Vixens as a foul on Allen in the area resulted in a penalty but Brooke Chaplen's kick crashed against the bar. City did come more into the game from this point but Reading were not finished, Jade Moore increasing their lead midway through the second half with a crisp strike and Rowe rounded off the scoring with her second, driven home from an angle.
A difficult week for Arsenal ended on a happier note as, in their first match since the departure of manager Pedro Martinez Losa, they won 2-0 away to Everton. The home side started the game well with early chances but midway through the first half, Vivianne Miedema gave Arsenal the lead with a clinical finish. Both teams had opportunities either side of half time but it was the Gunners who clinched the win when Beth Mead scored the second with fifteen minutes remaining.
Liverpool got back to winning ways with a 4-1 success at Sunderland. Lucy Staniforth gave Sunderland the lead against her old club with a thunderous strike but barely a minute had passed before Natasha Harding levelled the scores at the other end. Just before the hour mark, Liverpool went ahead for the first time when Alex Greenwood scored direct from a corner and Harding increased their lead three minutes later, before the Welsh international went on to complete her hat-trick with four minutes remaining.
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