WSL and Championship Week 17
Chelsea Women vs Aston Villa Women
England U23 duo of Anna Patten and Maz Pacheco put in massive shifts against one of the best attack forces in the league, Chelsea. Villa were left in despair as Chelsea scored a last-minute goal to earn the 3 points after a hard-fought battle between the two sides. The Villains came so close to scoring the first goal just before the winner but saw their effort fly agonizingly close past the post.
Birmingham City Women vs West Ham United Women
FORTE’s young duo of Mel Filis and Lois Joel made late appearances for West Ham as their side won 1-0 over Birmingham. The Hammers looked dominant as they created many chances and were unlucky to not win by more in the end. Lois and Mel both provided a spark off the bench as their side face off against 3rd place Manchester United this Wednesday with both sides needing the 3 points.
Reading Women vs Manchester United Women
In an amazing game for both of the FORTE stars, Leah Galton and Alessia Russo were amongst the goals. Leah put away two goals, with the first being a header from close range whilst her second was provided after a lovely assist from Russo, Leah had the composure to dribble past the goalkeeper and slot it away. United were in attack mode, with Russo smashing in a shot from just outside the box, making it 3-1 to the away side. Reading pushed to get back into the game during the second half but United held the lead after a great first half display.
Leah Galton calmy takes the ball around the keeper to score her second of they day.
Everton Women vs Leicester City Women
In this 5-goal thriller, Molly Pike was in action from her central midfield role for the Foxes as he faced off against Everton. Both teams pushed for goals in this up and down game, with Everton narrowly edging out Leicester after two mistakes at the back that gifted them goals. The loss sees Leicester City stay in 11th place, 8 points above Birmingham City.
FA Women’s Championship
Lewes Women vs Crystal Palace Women
Aimee Everett and Millie Farrow started for Palace with Sibley on the bench for this important fixture for both sides. Farrow nearly provided the opening assist with a smart flick to send her strike partner through, but Lewes’s keeper made a good save to keep her clean sheet. The Eagles were flying in the opening minutes of the game as they hit the post following a great through ball from midfield maestro Everett but once again it wasn’t converted. They were made to pay as Lewes were clinical in putting away their two chances, making it 2-0 in the end.
Blackburn Rovers Women vs Sunderland Women
Annabel Blanchard was on fire for her side as they won 2-1 thanks to her Player of the Match display and goal contribution. The Rovers scored first after converted a corner in the opening minutes of the first half. Blanchard showed her technical class during her goal with a great strike by her weaker foot. She nearly doubled her tally after a wonderful shot from outside the box that hit the post. Blackburn narrowly came away with 3 points after Sunderland didn’t manage to put away a penalty in the final 10 minutes of the match.
Annabel Blanchard smashes home another goal for Blackburn.
Bristol City vs Watford
Palmer led Bristol City alongside Lia Cataldo from FORTE as they faced off against Watford. The Skipper led by example as she looked dominant in the midfielder, firing away passes and shots. Bristol scored first after a goalkeeping mistake by Watford. The result never really looked in doubt as City won 3-1 in the end, seeing them skyrocket to second place, only below Liverpool.
Written by Zak Byskup