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Arsenal have taken themselves to the brink of the FA WSL title after beating Everton 2-1 on Sunday.
The Gunners got off to a great start with Louise Quinn heading them in front from a corner in the fifth minute and they added a second when Vivianne Miedema exchanged passes with Beth Mead before lifting the ball over Kirstie Levell with an exquisite finish. Everton pulled one back just after the hour, when Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah fired in from an indirect free kick from six yards, to set up a nervous half hour for Arsenal, but they stood firm and a win against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium this week will see them confirmed as Champions.
With Chelsea involved in Europe, Birmingham City had a chance to catch up ground on them, which they took with a 2-1 victory away to West Ham Utd. The Hammers took the lead in the first half when Adriana Leon volleyed in from a Kate Longhurst cross but the turning point came just before half time, when West Ham goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse was red carded for handling outside the area and Hayley Ladd found the top corner of the net from the resulting free kick. The Blues went on to make their player advantage count after the break, finally breaking West Ham's resistance when Chloe Arthur scored the winning goal from close range following a corner.
Reading FC Women are back up into the top five after winning 1-0 against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Madejski Stadium. A well contested game was settled four minutes into the second half, when a free kick was half cleared to the edge of the area and Rachel Furness drilled in a low shot. Kirsty Barton did hit the bar from long range at the other end but Reading have now notched up three wins in a row in the league.
Rinsola Babajide was the heroine for Liverpool as she hit a hat-trick in their 5-2 victory over Bristol City. Babajide scored her first goal with ten minutes on the clock but City were back on terms when a free kick on the halfway line by Danique Kerkdijk evaded everyone on its way into the net. However, a rampant Babajide scored a spectacular second to put the Reds back in front and Yana Daniels headed home against her former club to increase their lead on the stroke of half time. Babajide then netted her third goal just after the hour and after a Niamh Fahey own goal had given the Vixens late hope, Ashley Hodson rounded off the scoring for Liverpool in injury time.
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