Chelsea have moved to inside one level of WSL leaders Manchester United 4 days earlier than the pair meet in a high of the conflict at Kingsmeadow, having crushed Brighton 3-1 on Wednesday evening.
Arsenal have moreover squeezed the highest of the desk with their win over Liverpool, additionally on Wednesday, claiming an overdue first league victory of 2023 to go simply three factors behind third place Manchester City with a recreation in hand.
Emma Hayes’ Chelsea responded to their Conti Cup last defeat by the hands of the Gunners – solely 4 gamers stored their beginning place – by taking an early lead in opposition to Brighton via a Guro Reiten penalty. By that stage, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd had already seen an effort cleared off the road.
England defender Jess Carter went on to double the lead for the reigning champions halfway via the primary half. Jelena Cankovic hit the bar and Sam Kerr had a objective dominated out for offside, however Rytting Kaneryd grabbed Chelsea’s third with just below 20 minutes left.
Danielle Carter scored a late comfort for Brighton, who’re again underneath the management of interim boss Amy Merricks following the shock departure of supervisor Jens Scheuer.
Arsenal additionally secured victory by a two-goal margin over at Meadow Park however managed to maintain a clear sheet in opposition to a Liverpool facet which have the league’s second least prolific assault.
It was a snug win for Jonas Eidevall’s workforce determined by two targets throughout the house of six first half minutes. Stina Blackstenius broke the impasse for the Gunners after controlling the ball on her chest, earlier than Caitlin Foord’s header not lengthy after.
It might need been extra, however Leah Williamson had an early objective disallowed for offside.
Arsenal’s subsequent recreation sees them face struggling Reading at dwelling in Sunday’s late kick-off.
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