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The biggest match of the season so far in the Barclays FA WSL went the way of Chelsea as a late goal gave them a 2-1 victory over Arsenal.
The equivalent meeting between the two teams last season ended in a five-goal win for the Gunners and they started off well this time around, Danielle van de Donk giving them the lead after nine minutes. After the break, Beth England brought Chelsea back on level terms just before the hour and five minutes before time, Maria Thorisdottir scored to inflict a first defeat of the season on the Champions and lift Chelsea above them in the table, into second place.
The day before, Manchester City had taken over the leadership when they defeated Birmingham City 3-0. The two teams had gone into the game with contrasting 100% records and this was not to change, a rare goal from Keira Walsh handing Man City a first half lead. Tessa Wullaert made it two, early in the second half, and Geum-Min Lee rounded off the scoring ten minutes from time with her first goal for the club.
Manchester Utd have moved up into fourth place, their highest position of the season to date, following their 3-0 win away to Tottenham Hotspur. Kirsty Hanson put United ahead early on and an own goal by Ashleigh Neville put them in control, seven minutes into the second half. Jane Ross rounded off United's best result of the season so far when she scored the third goal in injury time.
No less than five teams are level on six points in the table right now, including West Ham Utd who also had a good day on the road, winning 3-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion. The Hammers led at the interval through a goal from Martha Thomas, before two goals in quick succession midway through the half put them in a commanding position. Kenza Dali made it two from the penalty spot and three minutes later, Alisha Lehmann further increased West Ham's lead before Megan Connolly grabbed a consolation for the Seagulls in injury time.
Reading FC Women also joined the mid-table congestion after they edged out Everton by the odd goal in five. Twice, the Royals took the lead during the first half with Willie Kirk's side hitting back on both occasions; Jade Moore netted a first half brace with Chloe Kelly and a Lucy Graham penalty quickly levelling the scores. The match was settled with twenty minutes remaining, when Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland netted the winning goal for Reading.
Liverpool and Bristol City went into their meeting with neither side having found the net in the league prior to the game. This was remedied as the teams battled out a 1-1 draw, Ebony Salmon giving City a sixteenth minute lead via a cross-cum-shot and Liverpool hitting back to pick up their first point of the season when Melissa Lawley equalised from the penalty spot with eighteen minutes left to play.
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