Katie McCabe stunner downs City amid late wins for Leicester and Everton
Katie McCabe’s wonder goal helped Arsenal surge to a 2-1 win over Manchester City in the latest twist to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League title race.
Second-half strikes from Frida Leonhardsen Maanum and McCabe snapped City’s six-month unbeaten streak at 15 league games.
It was a memorable comeback win for Jonas Eidevall’s side at Meadow Park, building on Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final triumph.
And it was all the more impressive given they were trailing after five minutes.
Chloe Kelly found space on the right wing and her whipped cross picked out Khadija Shaw, who adjusted to guide home a superb header for a 16th BWSL strike of the season.
The visitors had the better of the first half and Lauren Hemp missed a gilt-edged chance at the back post, volleying straight at Sabrina D’Angelo.
Whatever Eidevall said at half-time made a difference and the Gunners were a team transformed on the resumption.
Maanum’s happy habit of scoring goals in the biggest games continued as the Norwegian stabbed home a scrappy equaliser on 62 minutes.
The comeback was complete when McCabe picked up a short corner and unleashed a left-footed exocet into the top right corner, just too powerful for Roebuck’s right hand.
Late late shows
Leicester City and Everton both staged dramatic victories with goals deep in second-half injury time.
The Foxes climbed off the bottom of the table thanks to a precious late 2-1 win over relegation rivals Reading.
After a scrappy start, the hosts hit the front when Sam Tierney steered Courtney Nevin’s cross into the bottom left corner.
But their marking was found wanting and Reading hit back when Charlie Wellings stole into the box and nodded home a leveller on the stroke of half-time.
Leicester had plenty of chances to restore the lead but waited until the 95th minute as Hannah Cain found Carrie Jones in space to slot home and spark delirious celebrations.
It means Brighton & Hove Albion sunk to the foot of the Barclays Women’s Super League table having been beaten 4-0 by Manchester United on Saturday lunchtime.
Leah Galton netted either side of half-time and substitutes Rachel Williams and Lucia Garcia later added sheen to the scoreline.
Aggie Beever-Jones struck a last-gasp winner as Everton soared to a 2-1 win over struggling Tottenham Hotspur.
Nicoline Sorensen chose a great time to poach her first BWSL goal in two years, stealing in at the near post to poke in the opener on four minutes.
Against the run of play the visitors drew level when Eveliina Summanen drove home Bethany England’s cutback.
Brian Sorensen’s side were frustrated by Spurs until the third minute of second-half injury time when Beever-Jones bounded into the box and fired the winner into the far corner.
Chelsea showed no sign of a hangover from their dramatic UEFA Women’s Champions League triumph with a dominant 3-0 win over Aston Villa to get their title defence back on track.
Jelena Cankovic opened the scoring with a powerful finish under Hannah Hampton before Guro Reiten made it two at the break with a delightful strike.
Sam Kerr moved to 50 BWSL goals as she got Chelsea’s third, taking down a cross from Niamh Charles before weaving her way through the box and rifling home to put the game out of sight of a determined Villa.
West Ham picked up their second BWSL point of the calendar year in a dour 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
Clear-cut chances were at an absolute premium after Yana Daniels spurned a huge early chance, squandering a one-on-one opportunity.