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The first round of matches in the Barclays FA WSL produced plenty of goals and it was Manchester City who produced the biggest win of the weekend when they won 4-0 against Everton at Goodison Park.
Both clubs had made high profile signings during the summer but it was the Cityzens who were raced into a three-goal lead in the first half thanks to Vicky Losada, Janine Beckie and Khadija Shaw. Steph Houghton rounded off the scoring in the second half via a finely struck free kick.
Manchester Utd had opened the season on Friday night with a 2-0 victory over Reading FC Women. Kirsty Hanson put them in front just before half time and Ona Batlle fired home the second, although Reading may well point to a Brooke Chaplen shot which hit the bar and may well have crossed the line, which would have levelled the scores at the time.
Brighton & Hove Albion also got off to a good start, winning 2-0 against West Ham Utd. After a bright start from the Hammers, Inessa Kaagman gave Brighton the lead from the penalty spot and Lee Geum-min added the second just before half time.
The last two teams to win the title met each other at the Emirates Stadium and it was Arsenal who triumphed 3-2 in a thriller against reigning Champions Chelsea. Vivianne Miedema got the Gunners off to a good start, with Erin Cuthbert levelling the scores ahead of half time. Beth Mead then produced two superb strikes to give Arsenal the three points, despite Pernille Harder pulling a goal back for the Blues.
Aston Villa staged a second half fightback for a 2-1 victory over newly promoted Leicester City. Natasha Flint gave the Foxes the lead just before half time but Sarah Mayling brought Villa level after the break and a minute later, Remi Allen scored against her old club to settle matters in Villa's favour.
Tottenham Hotspur were the other team to get off to a winning start, beating Birmingham City 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. A tight encounter was settled five minutes before half time when a short corner routine saw Kit Graham's cross deceive everyone and find the far corner of the net.
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