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The next three games will finish our roundup of the 4th week of the Women’s Super League (WSL). Some highly contested matches and COVID-19 ruining the party as well in these ones. Fran Kirby was the star player of the week in the biggest matchup of the season so far.

Reading Women vs Birmingham City Women [0-1]

Reading seemed too eager to shoot. Brooke Chaplen had two attempts from outside the box and Angharad James had one. None of the three found the target unfortunately. Jess Fishlock had a swing at it as well, and forced Birmingham goalkeeper Hannah Hampton to make a save.

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Reading dominated the second half as well. Chaplen kept making some darting run forwards to trouble the Birmingham defense. The goal from Birmingham came much against the run of play. Sarah Mayling capitalized on some poor passing and fashioned a cross from the right wing. Claudia Walker’s run into the box put her in prime position to meet the low cross. She finished the chance with a shot to the right of the goal.

Reading will be disappointed that they didn’t score even once inspite of controlling most of the game, and eventually lost.

Also Read: Women’s Super League (WSL) – Weekly Roundup – Week 4 – Part 1

Chelsea Women vs Manchester City Women [3-1]

The game which most viewers fancied. Two of the leagues big 3 went up against each other. The game’s first real chance came when Sam Mewis’s low driven shot through traffic hit the post. Erin Cuthbert of Chelsea, had a crack from range, but the shot deflected off of Demi Stokes. The referee incorrectly awarded a penalty to Chelsea, citing Ellen White (who was standing behind Stokes) as the cause. Maren Mjelde’s spot kick was perfect by all means. Low, hard and into the bottom right corner. The first half went by without much else happening.

The second half had some sumptuous football. Chelsea’s Fran Kirby and Erin Cuthbert’s quick passing meant that Kirby had space to run down the right wing. She played a high cross to Samantha Kerr, whose headed finish was inaccurate. Once again Kirby found space on the right wing to cross the ball to Kerr, and it was an inaccurate finish yet again.

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Pernille Harder’s good work in the midfield was undone by a poor finish. The same sequence of play happened for a third time, but this time Kerr’s finish was on point. An emphatic celebration as she knew full well that her team should have been a few goals ahead already. Caroline Weir’s cross hit Millie Bright’s hand and for the first time in the second half Manchester City had a chance to score. Chloe Kelly scored high into the top right corner to halve Chelsea’s lead.

Chelsea caught Manchester City off guard once again. Fran Kriby rounded the goalkeeper with ease to score the final goal of the game. A big blow to Gareth Taylor’s side.

Bristol City Women vs Aston Villa Women [Postponed]

The game was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test result in the Aston Villa camp. Villa’s next fixture, against Chelsea, has also been postponed to a future date.

This is what the table looked like at the end of the 4th week.

Arsenal and Everton sit on top of the table, with 4 wins out of 4. Whereas Aston Villa and Bristol City languish at the bottom of the table without a single point on the board. Will Everton be able to sustain this form against the top sides, only time will tell.

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