Mollie Green

Tuesday 27 November 2018

Man Utd smash Millwall to take top spot in Championship

Mollie Green hat-trick helps Reds record huge win while Arsenal and Man City remain unbeaten

There were plenty of talking points in the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship over the weekend.

Manchester United usurped Tottenham at the top of the Championship table.

The Red Devils remain the only unbeaten side in the league after powering past Millwall.

Elsewhere Arsenal and Manchester City maintained their own unbeaten runs in the FA Women’s Super League, while Birmingham City also registered a win as they kept pace with the top two.

Remember, fixtures, results and latest news can now be found on the new FA Women's Leagues and Competitions site.

In the meantime, here’s a round-up of what you might have missed across the leagues:

United put eight past Millwall

Manchester United returned to the top of the FA Women’s Championship in fine fashion with an 8-0 win over Millwall Lionesses.

The victory means United have extended their unbeaten start while Millwall remain without a league win this season.

Mollie Green helped herself to a hat-trick and Katie Zelem curled a delightful free-kick over the wall and into the top corner to clinch a crucial third.

United travel to Lewes next weekend and Green said of the prospect: “This result moves us to the top of the table so from now on it’s really just looking at maintaining that position at the top, continuing our momentum and winning as many of games as we can and Lewes is the next opportunity for us to do that.”

Last-gasp Clifford

Charley Clifford scored a late, late winner to help Charlton overcome local rivals Crystal Palace and go third in the FA Women’s Championship.

She bagged in the fifth minute of added time after a scramble in the Palace box, condemning the visitors to a fourth straight defeat.

Clifford said: “It was a big relief to finally get the winning goal. We just had to keep plugging away, making sure we were doing what the boss wants us to do, and thankfully it came off in the end.”

Charlton will look to take their home form to the Midlands when they take on Leicester next.

Dutch delight for Gunners

Arsenal overcame an early scare when they took on Brighton, going a goal down in the opening minutes.

But it wasn’t long before the Dutch contingent in the side decided to turn up the heat and they only needed 15 minutes to turn the tie around.

Goals from Vivianne Miedema, Dominique Bloodworth and Danielle van de Donk put an end to any thoughts of an upset and ensured that the only Dutch player that wasn’t on the scoresheet for the Gunners was goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.

Miedema’s strike means that it is 14 goals and seven assists in seven games, maintaining her blistering start to the season.

Leicester bring an end to Durham’s unbeaten run

Clinical in attack and resolute in defence, the Foxes denied Durham the chance to move into the top two of the FA Women’s Championship and inflicted their first home defeat since March.

Once the Foxes were in front they were determined to stay there and had Demi Lambourne to thank when she dramatically saved a Beth Hepple penalty, helping her side keep a clean sheet and take all three points.

Even the Durham team was full of praise for Leicester and forward Nicki Gears said: “Obviously, we’re really disappointed with that result.

“[Lambourne] had a really good game today, pulled out some phenomenal saves and kept her team in the game to be honest, she was [player] of the match.

“They just had so many players behind the ball so anything that was shot, there were just players on the line and putting their bodies on the line to stop the ball going into the net.”

Blues up to third

Birmingham moved into third in the Super League after condemning Liverpool to their sixth defeat of the season.

The win means the Blues stay in the hunt for top spot as they keep pace with undefeated Arsenal and Manchester City who both recorded wins.

Connie Scofield helped City claim victory when she bent in a stunning goal from outside the box and past Anke Preuss in the Liverpool goal.

Next up for Birmingham is a home game against Yeovil Town.

Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Arsenal Women 10 35 27
2 Manchester City Women FC 11 27 27
3 Chelsea FC Women 11 10 22
4 Birmingham City Women FC 11 6 22
5 Reading FC Women 11 4 18
6 West Ham United Women FC 11 -3 16
7 Bristol City Women FC 10 -5 14
8 Liverpool FC Women 11 -11 10
9 Everton Ladies FC 10 -13 5
10 Brighton & Hove Albion Women FC 11 -21 4
11 Yeovil Town Ladies FC 11 -29 3
Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Manchester United Women FC 10 39 25
2 Charlton Athletic Women FC 11 20 25
3 Durham Women FC 11 19 24
4 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC 10 10 24
5 London Bees FC 11 -5 15
6 Leicester City Women FC 10 -3 13
7 Sheffield United Women FC 10 -7 13
8 Aston Villa Ladies FC 11 -12 12
9 Lewes FC Women 11 -11 10
10 Crystal Palace Ladies FC 11 -15 4
11 Millwall Lionesses FC 10 -35 2