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SSE Women's FA Cup duties made sure that only two of the scheduled five matches in the FA WSL went ahead on Sunday, but both games produced important results regarding both ends of the table.
League leaders Manchester City took on reigning Champions Chelsea in a crucial match for both clubs. With Arsenal not in action, a win would take City four points clear whilst a Chelsea victory would leave them just three points off the pace. Although Chelsea did start off the brighter of the two sides, a defensive error led to City opening the scoring, Tessa Wullaert dispossessing a defender before going through on goal to plant her shot past Hedvig Lindahl. Chelsea then found themselves two goals behind just after the 25 minutes mark, this time Georgia Stanway received the ball on the edge of the area and drilled home a low, accurate shot which went in off a post.
Chelsea needed an early reply as the second half began and although a fine save from Lindahl prevented Wullaert from scoring a second, they got the goal they craved when Ji So-Yun swept in a shot from just inside the area. Nikita Parris twice went through on goal but for once, the in-form striker was not her normal lethal self and shot wide on both occasions. Chelsea managed to hang on and keep themselves in the game and in the dying minutes, a free kick 20 yards from goal by Ji took a deflection off the wall and looped past Karen Bardsley to give her side a share of the spoils, and a goal which would have been celebrated just as much by Arsenal.
In the other game, Bristol City played host to Brighton & Hove Albion and were looking for a win to make up ground on the top four, whilst the Seagulls were seeking to move further away from the bottom places. It was Hope Powell's side who looked the brighter during the first half and they nearly took the lead when Ini Umotong's shot came back off the bar. After the break, both teams went close to breaking the deadlock, Carla Humphrey bringing out a good save from Sophie Harris and at the other end, in the final minute of injury time, a snap shot by Megan Connolly was denied by a great reflex save from Sophie Baggaley. The goalless draw means that City stretch their unbeaten run to eight matches whilst improving Brighton have put daylight between themselves and the bottom two.
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