Beth Mead scored twice as Arsenal defeated struggling West Ham 3-0 in the Women’s Super League at Meadow Park.
Arsenal scored early on, with Frida Maanum giving the hosts a 1-0 lead just two minutes in. Mead scored her first since returning from injury in the eighteenth minute before converting a six-yard pass to extend the lead to 3-0 just before halftime.
The second-place team, led by Jonas Eidevall, continues to exert pressure on the league’s defending champions, Chelsea, whose 5-2 victory over Leicester extended their winning streak to six league games.
City’s Commanding Win
Sunday’s late kick-off witnessed Manchester City defeat Tottenham 7-0, with Khadija Shaw completing a hat-trick in the first half and Laura Coombs completing a late double off the bench. City capitalized on a solid beginning with Shaw’s 23rd-minute penalty kick before two more well-executed goals in the final six minutes torched Spurs, ending their eight-match unbeaten streak.
At the onset of the second half, any aspirations for a comeback were extinguished as the remarkable Lauren Hemp delivered the fourth through a curling effort. A comprehensive victory (captained by Jill Roord’s header and Coombs’ late brace) enables City to solidify their third-place position before the international break.
Hinata Miyazawa and Nikita Parris scored in the second half to help Manchester United bounce back to winning following their derby loss to Manchester City, this time against the relegation-stricken Bristol City, with a 2-0 triumph.
Throughout the first period, United was denied multiple times by City’s heroic Olivia Clark, who blocked shots from Parris, Leah Galton, and Millie Turner. Five minutes after the interval, Marc Skinner’s squad broke the deadlock with a goal from Japanese international Miyazawa, and Parris added a second as United secured an away victory.
Liverpool’s Convincing Victory
By a convincing 4-0 score, Liverpool secured their first triumph in three league matches against Brighton. Two goals from Shanice van de Sanden and Gemma Bonner gave the Reds a 2-0 halftime advantage. In the second half, Ceri Holland glanced in from close range before Sophie Roman Haug completed a successful afternoon for the hosts.
Van de Sanden, who had been absent from Tuesday’s Continental Cup loss at Manchester United’s hands due to their daughter’s delivery with her partner, scored her first goal of the season to commemorate the occasion. “Everything has been absolutely nuts; I am ecstatic,” she exclaimed.
Everton surpassed Aston Villa in the standings with a 2-1 victory at Villa Park, facilitated by Nathalie Bjorn’s penalty. Anna Patten’s own goal gave Everton the lead, but Rachel Daly’s side-footed strike from close range immediately trimmed the deficit. With fifteen minutes remaining, the Toffees scored the game-winning goal when Kirsty Hanson brought Heather Payne down inside the area. Bjorn contributed to Everton’s first victory in five matches by stepping up.