💥 WSL: Drama for Reading and Brighton; Villa sink Foxes; Man City win big | OneFootball

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Alex Mott·26 March 2023

💥 WSL: Drama for Reading and Brighton; Villa sink Foxes; Man City win big

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After Saturday’s thrilling action we had three more Women’s Super League games on Sunday, including an intriguing clash in east Manchester.

Here’s what happened.

Reading fight back to draw Brighton

Scorers: Harries 46′, 60′; Sarri 8′, 13′

It was a tale of two heroes at Madejski Stadium as the points were split between Reading and Brighton, creating some drama in the relegation zone.

The visitors hit the ground running right from kick-off and Veatriki Sarri was in the form of her life scoring a brace inside 15 minutes to have the Seagulls in cruise control.

Her instincts to find the ball were on point both occasions, managing to get a foot on the ball and redirect it into the net.

However, whatever half-time talk the hosts had inspired a brilliant comeback.

Reading ramped up the pressure immediately and pulled a goal back within seconds when Emma Harries remained calm, cool and collected to chip the ball beyond Lydia Williams with her first touch of the game.

The super-sub wasn’t done either, and went on to rain on Sarri’s parade by securing a brace of her own with a towering header to stun Brighton within the blink of an eye.

Despite another 30 minutes to go, neither side could find a late winner and the 2-2 draw had an impact on the race for relegation.

Reading are 10th with 11 points, two above Brighton (who have two games in hand). Bottom of the table Leicester, meanwhile, have seven points. It’s tight!

Villa send Leicester towards relegation

Scorers: Dali 6′, Lehmann 45′, 71′, Daly 45′, 55′

It was one-way traffic at Villa Park on Sunday as Aston Villa piled misery on struggling Leicester.

Riding the high of knocking Manchester City out of the FA Cup, the hosts stayed true to form with multiple names on the scoresheet.

Kenza Dali opened the scoring within six minutes with a rifle of a shot from the top of the box before Alisha Lehmann doubled things by the hour mark.

Leicester then made the same mistake twice, leaving an inspired Rachel Daly open with acres of space on either side of half-time to see things go 4-0.

Lehmann eventually secured a brace of her to make it five on the night.

The visitors will be frustrated with their attacking efforts once again having only scored seven goals so far this season.

If the first-half efforts from Hannah Cain or CJ Bott had squeezed past Villa goalkeeper Hannah Hampton, it could have been a different story.

The result means Aston Villa are fifth with 29 points while Leicester remain bottom of the table staring at the drop.

Hemp the star as Man City get the Blues

Scorers: Angeldahl 21′, Hemp 30′

Manchester City blew open the FA Women’s Super League title race as they beat Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday.

With Manchester United having beaten West Ham on Saturday to reclaim top spot, all eyes were on Chelsea and whether they could claim a victory that would see them go above the Red Devils.

It was, as usual, Sam Kerr who was looking most dangerous for the Blues with the Australia international going close inside five minutes with a neat effort.

But it was the home side who took the lead as Filippa Angeldahl rifled in a brilliant effort from the edge of the area.

And it wasn’t long before City had doubled their lead as Lauren Hemp’s half-volley crashed into the top corner.

Into the second half and despite needing the three points to go back to the top of the table, Chelsea were struggling to break down a resolute City backline.

Kerr, once again, was the player looking most likely to score for the visitors but here effort on 72 minutes was saved well by Ellie Roebuck.

Saturday’s results

  • Everton 1-1 Liverpool
  • Tottenham 1-5 Arsenal
  • Manchester United 4-0 West Ham