October 12, 2022
WSL roundup: Chelsea close the gap on leaders Arsenal to two points |  Man City win but Man Utd held |  Soccer News

Chelsea closed the gap on WSL leaders Arsenal to two points with a comfortable victory over Everton, while third-placed Manchester United were held by West Ham after conceding an equalizer in stoppage time.

Everton 0-3 Chelsea

Chelsea are two points behind the Gunners with a game less after early goals carried them to a 3-0 win at Walton Hall Park.

Emma Hayes’ champions took the lead in the seventh minute when Sam Kerr headed his 12th league goal of the campaign.

Guro Reiten gives Chelsea a 2-0 lead against Everton
Guro Reiten gives Chelsea a 2-0 lead against Everton

Guro Reiten doubled the advantage with a strike eight minutes later and Erin Cuthbert then added his own just before the half hour mark.

Chelsea have closed the gap on Arsenal again, with the sides having six and five games to play respectively – and Hayes’ side will be in first place if they beat Tottenham at home next Wednesday.

West Ham 1-1 Manchester United

Third-placed Manchester United suffered a setback as Grace Fisk’s late header deprived them of victory at West Ham.

Fisk secured a 1-1 draw for the Hammers by nodding past Mary Earps three minutes into stoppage time, nullifying Ella Toone’s acrobatic effort nine minutes after the break.

Ella Toone is mobbed by her teammates after opening the scoring for Manchester United
Ella Toone is mobbed by her teammates after opening the scoring for Manchester United but it wasn’t enough for victory

Manchester City 2-0 Reading

United are six points behind Chelsea in the bottom Champions League spot, having played one game more and three clear of fourth place – now occupied by Manchester City, who beat Reading 2-0 at home thanks to late goals from Demi Stokes and Lauren Hemp.

Demi Stokes celebrates after opening the scoring for Man City
Demi Stokes celebrates after scoring Man City’s first goal against Reading

Stokes put the hosts ahead in the 73rd minute, slotting in after receiving the ball from Hemp, who then wrapped things up with an 84th-minute finish as she followed up a parried shot from Ellen White.

Gareth Taylor’s City are one game short of Marc Skinner’s United, who are at home against Everton next Wednesday.

And after?

Everton travel to Manchester City in the Women’s FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday (kick-off 12:30). chelsea hosts Birmingham (kick-off 2pm) and West Ham visit Ipswich (kick-off 12.30pm) in the last eight.

Next time for Reading is a trip to Aston Villa in the Women’s Super League on March 26 (kick-off 12:30). Manchester United host Everton at Old Trafford on March 27 (kick-off 12.30pm), live on sky sports.

WSL live

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How to watch the WSL on Sky Sports

Sky Sports – All 35 matches will be available on Sky Sports’ flagship channels including Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.

Sky Sports Digital – Follow all the latest WSL news on SkySpots.com and the app, including exclusive features and interviews, plus dedicated live blog coverage and live game highlights on Sky Sports. You can watch match highlights from every WSL game this season for free on Sky Sports’ digital platforms and YouTube channel.

Sky Sports News – Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Barclays FA WSL fans can benefit from Sky Sports News (channel 409) for continuous editorial coverage of the league and its storylines throughout the season.

Inside the WSL – Hosted by award-winning journalist and broadcaster Jessica Creighton, Inside the WSL is a comprehensive round-up of all things Barclays FA Women’s Super League and women’s football. Airing weekly from Thursday 9 September on Sky Sports Premier League, the half-hour show will review and preview matches, include in-depth analysis and exclusive player interviews. Viewers can expect engrossing behind-the-scenes access as well as a recap of all the action on and off the pitch.

Sky Sport Social – As well as league coverage and visibility on all major Sky Sports social media channels, a new bespoke Twitter channel @SkySportsWSL will be the home of all Barclays FA WSL content on Sky Sports.

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