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Chelsea will go into the Easter holidays as the leaders of the Barclays FA WSL after beating Aston Villa 2-0 on Sunday.
Sam Kerr gave Chelsea the lead midway through the first half when she headed in from a Fran Kirby cross, and the Australian striker completed her double just before the hour, Kirby once again being the creator.
Manchester City had gone to the top of the table the day before, thanks to a hard earned 1-0 success against Reading FC Women. City came up against a determined Reading defence, with goalkeeper Grace Moloney in outstanding form with a string of saves, but with three minutes left, a moment of inspiration from Lauren Hemp saw her go on a weaving run which took her past four Royals defenders before setting up Chloe Kelly to slot home the only goal of the game.
The North London derby went firmly the way of Arsenal as they ran out 3-0 winners over Tottenham Hotspur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Caitlin Foord gave Arsenal the lead after exchanging passes with Noelle Maritz and nine minutes later, Vivianne Miedema executed a superb volley from a corner. for the second. Katie McCabe completed a convincing victory on the day for her side with the third goal after the break.
It was a historic day for Manchester Utd as they played at Old Trafford for the first time and they marked the occasion by beating West Ham Utd 2-0, a result which sees them hold on to third place. In the first women's match played at the famous stadium since the London Olympics in 2012, a goalless first half was followed by United taking the lead through a glancing header from Lauren James. The second goal came six minutes later, Christen Press tucking home after being put through by Jackie Groenen.
Everton produced one of their best performances of the season when winning 5-0 away to Brighton & Hove Albion. The Seagulls went into the game having won each of their last four league matches but it was Everton who went ahead midway through the first half through an Izzy Christiansen penalty, and Hayley Raso added a second two minutes later. Raso made it three early in the second half and after Simone Magill had increased Everton's lead from close range, Raso rounded off the scoring with her hat-trick goal twelve minutes from time.
Birmingham City and Bristol City meanwhile picked up a point apiece as they shared the spoils in their vital clash at the wrong end of the table. The Robins took a first half lead when Charlie Wellings forced home from close range against her former club but just before the hour, Birmingham hit back for a draw with another player on target against her old side, Christie Murray firing in a powerful strike following a corner.
Photo - Christie Murray equalises with a sweetly struck shot for Birmingham City against Bristol City
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