Chelsea Ladies continued their impressive 100% record this season after they beat Birmingham City 0-1.
It’s four wins from four games so far for Emma Hayes’ side, as a single goal from captain Katie Chapman was enough to seal victory.
Birmingham are still without a win or a home goal this season in the WSL, having claimed a meagre two points from their opening four games.
Chapman scored early on, lobbing a crowd of players after the home side failed to clear Ji So-Yun’s corner.
At half time, Birmingham brought on club captain Karen Carney and fellow striker Freda Ayisi, the two returning from injury and suspension respectively. However, David Parker’s side failed to really threaten, and Chelsea defender Gilly Flaherty struck the post.
Chelsea held on however, as they continued their stay at the top of table, two points ahead of second-placed Arsenal, who they face on Thursday.
After the game, Ladies boss Emma Hayes said her side thoroughly deserved the win:
“It was thoroughly deserved today and I think 1-0 flattered the opposition.
“We created a lot of chances. The most disappointing thing about today is that we didn’t convert more of the chances we created.”
Birmingham City Ladies: Spencer, Sargeant, Carter, Mannion, Harrop, Allen (Linnett, 75′), Porter, Moore (C), Lawley, Stringer (Carney, 45′), Westwood (Ayisi, 45′).
Subs not used: Baggaley, Windell
Chelsea Ladies: Lindahl, Bright, Flaherty, Fahey, Davison (Groenen, 82′), Aluko, So-Yun (Banusic, 90′), Rafferty, Borges, Chapman (C), Spence (Coombs, 89′).
Subs not used: Hourihan, Blundell, Brett, Meiwald.
Referee: Lisa Rashid
In the league’s other games, Arsenal beat Sunderland 4-1 to keep up the pressure on Chelsea. A brace from Natalia Pablos Sanchon, as well as goals from Carla Humphrey and Danielle Carter, secured an impressive win against the Teesiders despite Beth Mead pulling a goal back. The Female Black Cats did finish the game a woman light, however, as Abby Smith was sent off for bringing down Kelly Smith in the area. Sunderland move down to fourth.
With Sunderland losing, Liverpool Ladies took advantage as they moved to third following a 2-1 win over Manchester City. It’s only the second victory of the season for the Reds, but they scored the opener through Asisat Oshoala after she followed up a save from City keeper Alex Brooks. Nikita Parris levelled things up for the visitors with a header in the second half, but Line Smorsgard met a clever flicked cross from Oshoala to head in the winner just before the hour. City now drop to sixth after claiming just four points from their opening four games.
Bristol Academy’s dismal start to the season continued as they were thumped 2-5 by Notts County. This seventh loss of the season in all competitions for the home side came 48 hours after manager Dave Edmonson was sacked, whilst a first victory of the season for the Magpies moved them up to fifth. Aileen Whelan put Notts ahead before two goals in two minutes from Rachel Williams and Fern Whelan made it 3-0. Sophie Ingle and Nicola Watts replied for the hosts but Williams’ second and Alex Greenwood’s penalty made it 5-2. Bristol are without a point this year.