Arsenal have been knocked off the highest of the Girls’s Tremendous League desk after the newest spherical of fixtures, with reigning champions Chelsea and 2016 champions Manchester Metropolis now making it very a lot a three-horse title race as solely three factors separate the highest three.
Arsenal, who had been the early pacesetters after successful their opening 9 video games of their quest for a primary WSL title since 2012, hosted Chelsea in an enormous London derby on Sunday and have been overwhelmed for the second time in three video games following defeat to Metropolis in December.
A brace from Chelsea midfielder Erin Cuthbert put the guests 2-Zero up, with a late strike from Dutch ahead Viviane Miedema not more than comfort for the stumbling Gunners.
Chelsea had endured a disastrous begin to their WSL title defence again within the autumn. They began the season with three consecutive 0-Zero attracts and failed to attain a aim in 5 of their opening six video games, a run which included a 5-Zero thrashing at residence in opposition to Arsenal in October.
Now, Chelsea are very a lot the WSL’s kind workforce after successful seven video games in a row.
Some extent forward of Arsenal, who can a minimum of cling onto the truth that they’ve a sport in hand on their rivals, and three forward of Chelsea, unbeaten Manchester Metropolis are the brand new WSL leaders after securing a 3-1 away win over West Ham this weekend.
Caroline Weir and Lauren Hemp gave City a 2-Zero half-time lead. Ex-sky blues striker Jane Ross pulled one again for the Hammers, however Nikita Parris went on to make it 3-1 to Metropolis late on.
West Ham gave fast debuts to new excessive profile worldwide signings Adriana Leon and Cho So-hyun and can hope to now kick on for a powerful finish to their maiden season at this stage.
Fourth place Birmingham, who are losing manager Marc Skinner to Orlando Pride in the United States, misplaced floor of their bid to remain in rivalry with the highest golf equipment after being surprisingly overwhelmed at residence by Bristol Metropolis. A single aim from Bristol’s Gemma Evans condemned the Blues to a second defeat in three video games.
Additional down the desk, Liverpool lastly put an finish to a protracted win-less league run that stretched again to October as they snatched a dramatic late victory in opposition to backside membership Yeovil. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk received it from the penalty spot within the 93rd minute, her second of the sport, for the Reds to win it 2-1 after Yeovil’s Emily Donovan had cancelled out the primary.
Elsewhere, second from backside Everton put a useful additional level between themselves and Yeovil within the relegation zone by holding Brighton, who hit the bar early on, to a 0-Zero draw. The Seagulls stay in ninth place, solely two factors additional forward of the Toffees.
The Girls’s Tremendous League returns for the following spherical of fixtures on Sunday 27th January, when Arsenal journey to Studying, Chelsea host Birmingham and Manchester Metropolis meet Brighton.