Caitlin Foord continued her goalscoring form as Arsenal made it five consecutive wins in the Women’s Super League (WSL) and six in all competitions with a convincing 3-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.
Stina Blackstenius opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a shot into the top left-hand corner of the net before Matildas star Foord doubled their advantage with a long-range strike 10 minutes from the end in front of a record crowd of 4,921 at a sold-out Broadfield Stadium on Monday (AEDT).
Foord has now scored in consecutive games for high-flying Arsenal.
Frida Maanum sealed the three points in stoppage time with her first goal of the season after being teed up by Cloe Lacasse, leaving the second-placed Gunners three points behind Sam Kerr’s leaders Chelsea in the table.
While Foord scored, her Arsenal and Matildas teammate Kyra Cooney-Cross earned Player of the Match honours having made her third consecutive start, including back-to-back in the WSL.
Bristol City twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with fellow strugglers Everton – boasting Clare Wheeler – at Walton Hall Park.
Martina Piemonte put the hosts in front just five minutes into the contest but Amy Rodgers slammed home from inside the area just before the interval to bring the scores level.
Everton retook the lead in the 57th minute courtesy of Megan Finnigan and looked on course for only their second win of the WSL season when Amalie Thestrup dinked home from close range with eight minutes remaining to earn rock-bottom City a share of the spoils.
Tottenham extended their unbeaten run to six matches with a 1-1 draw against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, where Courtney Nevin started for the Foxes while Remy Siemsen was back on the bench.
Leicester went ahead in the 18th minute when Janice Cayman received a pass from Hannah Cain before firing home but were pegged back when Celin Bizet latched onto a through ball and finished coolly.
Rachel Daly scored a brilliant stoppage-time winner as Aston Villa came out on top in a five-goal thriller to beat Mackenzie Arnold’s West Ham 3-2 and double their points tally for the campaign.
Viviane Asseyi’s penalty put West Ham a goal to the good but Villa turned the game on its head through Anna Patten and Adriana Leon.
West Ham thought they had snatched a point when Lisa Evans drilled home from outside the area with 10 minutes to go.
But, the decisive moment came two minutes into added time when England star Daly smashed into the top corner to snatch all three points for Villa.