WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Chelsea boast NINE different scorers as they crush Bristol City – just 24 hours after title rivals Arsenal hit same number in demolition of West Ham

  • Chelsea subjected Bristol City to a 9-0 defeat for their first win this season
  • The crushing win came just 24 hours after title rivals Arsenal beat West Ham 9-1
  • Manchester United came from behind to beat Birmingham in 5-2 thriller

Nine goals, nine different players on target. Champions Chelsea were an awesome sight as they crushed Bristol City 9-0 to win for the first time this season on Sunday, just 24 hours after Arsenal scored nine in the 9-1 demolition of West Ham.

Fran Kirby opened the scoring for Chelsea with her first goal since May 2019 before Maren Mjelde converted a penalty to double the advantage. Melanie Leupolz added a diving header and goals from Erin Cuthbert and Millie Bright gave the hosts an unassailable 5-0 lead at half-time.

Bethany England and Niamh Charles added two more just after the hour mark, before record signing Pernille Harder scored her first WSL goal with an exquisite backheel. Sam Kerr rounded off the scoring to give coach Emma Hayes a thumping win.

Chelsea routed Bristol City 9-0 and Emma Hayes’ side boasted nine different goal scorers

Pernille Harder was one of nine different scorers as Chelsea Women beat Bristol City 9-0

Result was just 24 hours after Arsenal scored the same amount in a 9-1 demolition of West Ham

Manchester United came from behind to beat Birmingham City 5-2. Jane Ross put the Red Devils ahead inside five minutes but Claudia Walker quickly equalised before Abbie McManus’ own goal gave the hosts an unlikely lead.

Katie Zelem drew the visitors level before half-time with a pin-point free-kick and United were soon in the lead again after Ella Toone struck two minutes into the second half. Two goals from Kirsty Hanson sealed the points for Casey Stoney’s side, who remain unbeaten.

Izzy Christiansen scored her first goal since returning to Everton in January to give the Toffees a narrow 1-0 victory over Tottenham. The midfielder met Nicoline Sorensen’s cross to head past Becky Spencer in the Spurs goal as Willie Kirk’s side put in a strong defensive performance to make it two wins from two.

Izzy Christiansen scored her first goal since returning to Everton as they beat Tottenham 1-0

Reading picked up their first points of the season with a 3-1 victory over newly-promoted Aston Villa. The Royals were thrashed 6-1 by Arsenal last week but strikes from Amalie Eikeland, Lauren Bruton and a Fara Williams ‘Panenka’ penalty gave them a 3-0 lead at half-time. Stine Larsen’s 79th minute penalty gave Villa a late consolation as they sank to back-to-back defeats.

As for Arsenal, they set their stall out on Saturday against a West Ham side reduced to 10 players when captain Gilly Flaherty was sent off for two bookings.

Jill Roord made it back-to-back hat-tricks in front of almost 1,000 fans while Vivianne Miedema scored a brace and Kim Little, Beth Mead, Leah Williamson and Caitlin Foord also got on the scoresheet.  Kenza Dali had equalised for the Hammers.

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