It was another thrilling weekend in the Women’s Super League, with results impacting both the top and bottom of the table.
Arsenal extended their lead at the top of WSL with a comfortable 3-0 victory against Brighton & Hove Albion, while Chelsea kept up the pressure on the Gunners with a last-minute win against Aston Villa.
Manchester City overcame Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 in a significant result in the race for the top three, with Manchester United also boosting their chances of a Champions League spot by defeating Reading 3-1.
Birmingham look set to be relegated following a 1-0 loss to West Ham, despite Leicester remaining second from bottom after falling 3-2 to Everton.
GiveMeSport Women selects six standout stars from the WSL action this weekend.
Stina Blackstenius was the inspiration behind Arsenal’s emphatic win against Brighton, slotting home the opening goal from a Caitlin Foord pass into the box.
She then linked up with Foord again for Arsenal’s third goal, burying a glancing header into the back of the net.
Blackstenius has now scored four goals in her past five games for the Gunners, having joined the club in January. The 26-year-old will be crucial if Arsenal are to remain at the top of the WSL table.
If Arsenal don’t win the WSL, it could all be down to Sam Kerr’s last-gasp goal against Aston Villa.
The Australian scored the winner in the 90+2nd minute after finding herself on the receiving end of a long ball from Chelsea goalkeeper Zećira Mušović.
Kerr showed just how important the goal was to her team, taking off her shirt and whipping it round and round in the air as she celebrated. She is now the top scorer in the WSL with 11 goals.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Hannah Hampton may have let Kerr’s last-minute winner in, but she was the reason her side were still level with Chelsea in the dying moments of the game.
The 21-year-old pulled off save after save, preventing some of the world’s best strikers from scoring. Having made her debut for Lionesses last month, Hampton is now truly establishing herself as one of England’s most talented goalkeepers.
Leah Galton scored twice as Manchester United triumphed against Reading. She got on the scoresheet within five minutes, heading home a dinked cross from Hannah Blundell.
Deanne Rose then equalised for Reading, but Galton was there to put her side back in front in the 25th minute, rounding goalkeeper Grace Moloney in a superb individual effort.
The victory was crucial for Manchester United, who remain in pole position to qualify for the Champions League.
What a through ball! 😍— Sky Sports WSL (@SkySportsWSL) March 12, 2022
Leah Galton times her run perfectly and rounds the 'keeper to score 🔥 pic.twitter.com/KVUb6UIuIp
Anna Anvegård was another player to score two goals over the weekend, helping Everton to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Leicester City. The result kept the Toffees away from the relegation zone.
Anvegård looked energetic throughout the match, nabbing the ball off Leicester defender Sam Tierney to score her first goal. Her second of the game, and the match winner, was a classy flick over goalkeeper Sophie Harris.
The Swedish star has now scored four goals in five games, impressing despite Everton’s continued troubles this season.
Lucy Bronze is slowly starting to return to her best form after recovering from knee surgery earlier this year, and she was brilliant for Manchester City as they defeated Tottenham Hotspur.
Along with being part of a back line which kept a clean sheet, Bronze also played a key part in the solitary goal of the game.
She embarked on a gut-busting run from defence, slipping the ball though to Hayley Raso, who then set up Caroline Weir for the goal. The very best of Bronze’s defensive and attacking talents was on display this weekend.