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Women's Super League - Five talking points from the weekend's action


Manchester City became the first side to defeat Arsenal this season while Chelsea, Birmingham City, Everton and West Ham were also victorious. Bristol City sat out this weekend's fixtures. Here are five talking points from the latest round of WSL action.

Man City blow title race wide open with victory over Arsenal

It has taken 10 matches, but Arsenal have finally tasted defeat. Man City were the first team to beat the Gunners this season. The 2-0 victory meant Arsenal failed to score in a match for the first time since April. Man City are now three points behind Arsenal which means a title race in on the cards.

If Arsenal had won and gone nine points clear, the title could have been done and dusted but Man City's win has given other teams hope that they can catch Arsenal. Injuries are catching up with Joe Montemurro's side but they were just second best against a dominant Man City side.

New manager bounce gives Everton first win of the season

Willie Kirk was appointed as Everton manager on Saturday. Just a day later, he began his tenure with a win as Everton's first victory of the campaign lifted them off the bottom of the table. The best thing was that the victory came against Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby.

The Toffees were brilliant against their rivals who have now lost all of their last five league matches. Two brilliant first half strikes from Inessa Kaagman and Simone Magill, either side of a Jess Clarke equaliser, sealed a well deserved victory for Everton who moved up to ninth after collecting three points for the first time this season.

West Ham win battle of the newly promoted sides

Brighton and West Ham were promoted to the top tier of women's football this season and have had contrasting fortunes following their rise. The Seagulls are just a point above bottom side Yeovil Town in tenth place while West Ham are sixth.

Victory against Brighton was West Ham's third in five matches as captain Gilly Flaherty made her 100th WSL appearance, becoming the ninth player to reach the milestone. Jane Ross' second half effort secured three points for the Hammers. Brighton's fourth defeat in five games left them stuck on four points with only one win this season.

Birmingham keep the pressure up on the top two

With Arsenal losing, the gap at the top has been reduced. Birmingham made sure to capitalise on this with a win over Yeovil Town. Second half goals from Lucy Staniforth and Charlie Wellings gave Birmingham the lead before a stoppage time consolation for Yeovil which was scored by Emily Syme.

Marc Skinner's side are now two points behind second-placed Man City and three points clear of Chelsea. Yeovil are back at the bottom of the table following Everton's victory.

Four consecutive wins move Chelsea up to fourth

After a poor start to the season, Chelsea are back on track. They faced a tough test against a determined Reading side and came away with three points. In a tight contest, Ji So-Yun's strike shortly after the break was the difference between the two sides.

Chelsea moved above Reading with the victory but they are already eight points behind leaders Arsenal. Reading slipped to fifth as their run of three consecutive wins came to an end.

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