04.02.2024

West Ham stun Arsenal in Barclays Women’s Super League

West Ham United staged a major upset with a smash-and-grab 2-1 win over Leah Williamson’s Arsenal.

Rehanne Skinner’s side pulled off one of the shocks of the BWSL season so far thanks to a clinical second-half display.

Goals from Viviane Asseyi and Hawa Cissoko helped the Hammers claim the third win of the campaign and consign the Gunners to defeat on the occasion of skipper Williamson’s return after nearly a year on the sidelines.

The hosts withstood a tidal wave of first-half chances, including two that fell to Vivianne Miedema, before Alessia Russo opened the scoring from close range on 43 minutes.

Williamson was withdrawn at the interval and soon after the resumption, Riko Ueki was brought down in the box and Asseyi did the business from 12 yards.

Eight minutes later, Manuela Zinsberger was unable to clear a cross and Cissoko steered home a winner that dented Arsenal’s title ambitions and did wonders for West Ham’s fight against relegation, climbing two places to ninth.

HEMP AND KELLY DOWN FOXES

Arsenal’s title rivals Manchester City looked like they might follow suit and drop points before two late goals saw them to a 2-0 victory over Leicester City.

Khadija Shaw had a goal chalked off for offside and hit the bar in a frustrating afternoon for Gareth Taylor’s side.

But Lauren Hemp made the crucial breakthrough on by diverting home a cross on 82 minutes and Kelly’s corner went straight in to make sure of the spoils.

BLUES CRUISE PAST EVERTON

In Sunday’s late kick-off, Chelsea restored their three-point lead at the summit with a convincing 3-0 win over Everton.

Defender Clare Wheeler conceded penalties in both halves that were converted by Guro Reiten.

Brian Sorensen’s side, who sit tenth in the league, did come close to equalising through Aurora Galli but Erin Cuthbert’s superb third goal late on paved the way for Chelsea to secure a 22nd home league win in a row.

PARRIS AT THE DOUBLE

Elsewhere, Nikita Parris’ fine form continued with a brace in Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat of Brighton.

The Seagulls, who this week parted ways with Melissa Phillips, restricted United to just one shot on target in the first half – but it was a goal, with Parris firing home Geyse’s delivery with nine minutes on the clock.

The Brazilian played a star turn on the day and teed up Parris’ second on the hour mark to take the forward’s tally for the season to eight.

SPURS HELD BY HOBINGER 

There was late drama at Prenton Park as sub Marie Hobinger helped Liverpool rescue a 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

The mid-table sides looked to have been separated by an improvised finish from Celin Bizet, who opened the scoring after good work from Martha Thomas.

But Hobinger stroked home a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time to earn her side a point.

JONES STUNNER EARNS DRAW

In Saturday’s game, bottom side Bristol City showed their steel by coming from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Aston Villa.

Jordan Nobbs’ low finish gave the hosts an early lead that lasted all of two minutes as Amalie Thestrup punished a defensive error to equalise.

Villa dominated the game and Adriana Leon got a deserved second goal by bundling home at the back post.

But Lauren Smith’s side would not be denied a result as Carrie Jones found the top corner from 25 yards to secure a precious draw.

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