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Women’s Super League (WSL) – Weekly Roundup – Week 3 – Part 1

The FA Women’s Super League (WSL) was back after a 2-week hiatus. To remind you of how things stands, here is the league table after Week 2.

The third gameweek of the WSL had some promising fixtures, and ofcourse there are always the top teams to look out for.

Aston Villa Women vs Everton Women [0-6]

Everton continued their good run of form with a third win in three games. Aston Villa on the other hand, lost their third game in a row. The match seemed like a shooting drill for Everton. Hayley Raso scored a brace in the first half to give Everton a 2 goal lead. Claire Emslie quickly joined the act to add a third. Valerie Gauvin was set up by Hayley Raso to score the fourth goal of the first half. Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah scored to start things off in the second half. Gauvin then assisted Emslie, who rounded the keeper to score Everton’s sixth goal of the game. All in all, a poor showing for the home side.

Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion [3-0]

The scoring was initiated by Manchester United, who won a penalty when Ella Toone hung up a cross from the right wing, and Alessia Russo was impeded in the box. Maya Le Tissier was the culprit who conceded the foul. Ella Toone scored with a shot to the right of the goalkeeper. Brighton continued to play a deep block. The only chances they conceded were when there was some pinball going on in the box. Brighton did have a chance but Megan Connolly slipped at the crucial moment as she took a shot, thus sending the ball over the crossbar. Kristy Hanson tested Brighton goalkeeper Megan Walsh with a shot from 20 yards out, and the keeper made an exquisite save to deny Hanson.

Walsh kept Brighton in the game with a clutch 1v1 save against Leah Galton as well. Russo displayed her class when she carried the ball from the right wing, drifting inwards, and then towards goal before slotting in a sublime finish to give Manchester United a second goal. What a start for the new signing. Christen Press came close to a debut goal but was denied by the post and some last ditch defending. Jane Ross met Tobin Heath’s looping cross from the left wing to score the third and final goal of the game.

Manchester City Women vs Tottenham Hostpur Women [4-1]

Chloe Kelly started the game off on fire with an effort from range denied by a spectacular save by the Tottenham goalkeeper. Ellen White was denied by the crossbar when she hit an uncontested shot from 20 yards out. The game was surprisingly level after these two clear cut chances. Chloe Kelly broke the deadlock and she did it in style. A thumping effort from the left wing towards the far post whizzed by the keeper and put Manchester City in the lead. Sam Mewis hit the post after controlling a difficult ball on the bounce.

A nudge in the back on Gemma Bonner gave the side from Manchester a penalty in the second half, which was scored by Chloe Kelly. Sam Mewis did get her goal eventually with some great one touch passing in the box and an emphatic finish. Steph Houghton’s header was flicked in by Ellen White to secure Manchester City’s fourth goal of the afternoon. Tottenham did pull one goal back from the corner. Anna Filbey found the goal with a header in the six-yard box. Gareth Taylor’s side was just too strong for Tottenham and the match ended 4-1 in their favour.

These were half the fixtures of the week. You can read about the remaining in Part 2 of this piece to find out how the league table shaped up after Week 3.

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