Champions Chelsea recover to deny leaders Man City
Ji So-Yun scored twice as the Blues came from 2-0 down to snatch a point at the Academy Stadium
This weekend’s limited fixture list produced some potentially season-defining results in the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship as the country’s top clubs push towards the business end of their campaigns.
With many teams involved in SSE Women’s FA Cup action, there were only four league games that took place, but they included a heavyweight clash between defending champions Chelsea and league leaders Manchester City.
Bristol City and Brighton & Hove Albion played out a stalemate in the only other top-tier action of the weekend.
Meanwhile, Rianna Dean scored her 13th goal of the season as Tottenham Hotspur kept up their Championship title push while Crystal Palace needed a late Gemma Bryan winner to see off Leicester City.
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Champions fight back
Ji So-Yun rescued a draw point for Chelsea as she scored twice against Manchester City, including a late equaliser.
The FA WSL leaders went ahead through Tessa Wullaert before usual suspect Georgia Stanway added a second with a low 20-yard drive into the corner.
Nick Cushing’s side protected their lead until the 50th minute when Ji pulled one back for the visitors before Nikita Parris twice went close on her 100th Super League appearance.
And South Korean Ji made them pay for it when her deflected free-kick looped up over the wall and into the corner of the net with just a minute left to play to level it at 2-2.
Shared spoils mean that Chelsea remain six points behind Manchester City but may have opened the door for title contenders Arsenal, who separate the two teams in second, two points off the leaders but with two games in hand.
Eight without loss
Brighton had the better of the chances against Bristol City but could not grab a winner as the Vixens made it eight games unbeaten.
The Seagulls thought they had won it when Megan Connolly unleashed a venomous strike but Sophie Baggaley produced a vital save under pressure as they drew a blank in the league for the tenth time this season.
No stopping Dean
Dean’s fine goalscoring form continued as her early penalty set Spurs on their way to a win over London Bees, extending their lead at the top of the Championship table.
Dean’s 13th goal of the season was supplemented by an Annabel Johnson own goal and a tidy finish from Championship player of the month for January Sarah Wiltshire.
Defeat see Bees’ three-match winning streak come to an end.
Bryan returns late winner
Bryan scored twice, including a late winner, as Crystal Place beat Leicester City to ease their problems near the bottom of the Championship table.
It took an hour for Palace to take the lead through Nikita Whinnett before Bryan, who returned to the club in January, doubled the lead.
There was a fightback from Leicester though as goals from Hayley James and fellow substitute Sophie Domingo levelled the scores but Bryan had the final say and earned Palace their third league win of the season.