28.01.2024

Leicester claim first league win since October

Leicester City defeated Everton 1-0 for their first win in the Barclays Women’s Super League since 8 October.

Janice Cayman’s goal was enough to seal all three points for the Foxes, as West Ham United also got a vital win over Bristol City.

Elsewhere, there were wins for the top four as Chelsea kept their advantage at the top of the table.

Cayman fires Foxes to first win in 10

It was deja vu for Leicester City and Everton as the Foxes pulled off a 1-0 win over the Toffees.

Leicester claimed their first league win since the two sides met in October, which saw Willie Kirk beat his old side by the same scoreline.

This time, Cayman struck in the 53rd minute with a curling shot to add more misery onto the Toffees who had seen good chances spurned by Katja Snoeijs and Rikke Madsen.

Leicester also moved ahead of Everton in the table with their third win of the season while Brian Sorensen’s side are yet to win at Walton Hall Park this season.

Hammers take all three points from Ashton Gate

West Ham United defeated Bristol City 2-1 to open up a three-point gap between them at the bottom of the table.

Honoka Hayashi had moved West Ham in front in the 13th minute and Rehanne Skinner’s side came close to doubling their lead through Viviane Asseyi but her goal was disallowed due to a foul in the build-up.

The visitors then saw Shelina Zadorsky’s tap-in ruled out for offside after the restart before City equalised through the resulting free-kick.

Ffion Morgan launched the counter-attack finding Amalie Thestrup who lashed home to give Bristol a lifeline.

Asseyi had the final say, however, as she fired through the legs of goalkeeper Shae Yanez to claim a huge win for the Hammers.

United earn first league win of the year

Nikita Parris’ first-half brace saw Manchester United claim a 2-1 win over Aston Villa in Sunday’s early game.

Parris put United ahead on eight minutes with a flick past Daphne van Domselaar before doubling the hosts’ advantage just after the half-hour mark.

Having provided the cross for the first, Lucia Garcia set up the second as her shot was pushed onto the post by Van Domselaar which allowed Parris to hammer home the rebound.

Villa responded well after the restart and cut the deficit to one in the 60th minute after Rachel Daly netted from the spot having been brought down in the box by Garcia.

United held on for a deserved three points, their first of the year, to remain in fourth.

Miedema goal earns Arsenal revenge win

Arsenal ensured there was no repeat of their opening day defeat to Liverpool with a 2-0 win over the Reds.

The Gunners were frustrated in the first half, dominating possession but without making a breakthrough.

In the second half, they were much more clinical as Vivianne Miedema netted her first goal since returning from an ACL injury, although her strike took a wicked deflection off Liverpool defender Gemma Bonner.

Arsenal moved clear of Liverpool when Caitlin Foord tapped home having been set up well by Alessia Russo.

City stay close with Spurs win

Goals in either half gave Manchester City a comfortable 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Brisbane Road.

Amy Turner turned the ball into her own net to see City take the lead in the ninth minute.

Tottenham had an equaliser disallowed for offside after Martha Thomas thought she had struck her seventh league goal of the season.

Instead, Khadija Shaw moved one goal clear at the top of the golden boot standings as she netted her 13th goal of the season, firing into the roof of the net to confirm City’s victory.

James double sees Chelsea march on

A week on from her hat-trick at Stamford Bridge Lauren James scored twice as Chelsea beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 on Saturday evening.

The 22-year-old forward now has 12 goals in 11 WSL appearances this season and opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half after Chelsea wasted several first-half chances.

James fired a Niamh Charles cross into the net before the diminutive Fran Kirby headed home from close range to double the league leaders’ advantage five minutes later.

The three points were sealed when James sliced the ball just pass Sophie Baggaley to see Chelsea maintain their lead at the top of the table.

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