WSL and Championship Week 18
Womens Super League
Manchester United vs Everton
The match of the weekend didn’t disappoint as Russo scored two goals to seal the win over Everton. With a WSL season record of attendance of more than 20,000 fans, it was a day to remember for FORTE’s, Russo and Galton. Everton attempted to rewrite the script as they scored within the first 5 minutes, but United used the goal as motivation by bouncing back quickly. United’s top scorer, Russo scored a looping header to equalize for the Red Devils in front of the massive home crowd. Everton struggled in the second half as United ran rampant, converting a penalty just before the hour mark. England’s rising star, Russo made it two from two headers in the 84th minute, sealing the 3-1 win, to put them 3 points ahead of City in the race for Champions League football.
Alessia Russo celebrates her goal alongside Leah Galton and her teammates.
Aston Villa vs Reading
England U23 fullback, Maz Pacheco started for Villa whilst teammate, Patten was out due to illness. During this up and down game, both sides created chances but couldn't convert until Reading received a penalty, making it 1-0 to the away side. However, Villa managed to equalise from a fine bit of play, as the draw sees them remain in 10th place.
Leicester City vs Chelsea
Molly Pike and her side had a very tough test against league leaders, Chelsea. Chelsea were rampant and very clinical as they dominated their way to a 9-0 win over the Foxes. Lioness U23 international, Pike couldn’t do much as her side struggled to contain The Blues strike force.
FA Women’s Championship
Sheffield vs Bristol City
Bristol were looking to close the gap to league leaders, Liverpool, but missed out on the opportunity after this loss to Sheffield. Skipper Aimee Palmer and Lia Cataldo started for City as both were involved in the opening chance for their side to score but the shot narrowly went wide. It was the home side that scored the one and only goal of the game from a freekick. Bristol City just could not break the deadlock as they missed chance after chance and saw the 3 points slip away from them.
Coventry United vs Blackburn Rovers
Blanchard started for The Rovers but her attacking creativity wasn't enough for her side as they dropped points against a much better side on the day. Coventry scored from a corner that was not cleared properly.
Charlton vs Crystal Palace
Aimee Everett and Issy Sibley started for Palace with Farrow being used as a super sub as they faced off against Charlton in this South London derby. The Eagles struck first after a superb long range goal was scored. Palace managed to hold on to the 3 points thanks to their strong defence and their keeper making some saves, the win sees them up to 4th place.
Written by Zak Byskup