Nikita Parris with the match ball

Thursday 14 March 2019

Parris and Kirby hit trebles as City and Chelsea win

Man City extend lead at top of FA WSL while Chelsea close gap on second-placed Arsenal

Manchester City ran out 4-3 winners over Reading in a pulsating match at Adams Park to extend their lead at the top of the FA Women’s Super League table to five points.

A first-half hat-trick from Nikita Parris saw them come from behind after Brooke Chaplen gave the Royals the lead.

Demi Stokes looked to have wrapped up the victory but Fara Williams pulled one back from the spot and captain Kirsty Pearce set up a nervous finish – but Nick Cushing’s side held on.

Meanwhile, a superb hat-trick from England international Fran Kirby helped Chelsea pick up three vital points with a 3-0 win over Liverpool at Prenton Park.

The Blues picked up back-to-back wins thanks to the outstanding Kirby as Emma Hayes’s side moved a point behind second-placed Arsenal.

Substitute Hannah Cain was the match-winner as her goal two minutes from time earned Everton a precious three points against West Ham at Rush Green Stadium.

The result moves the Toffees on to nine points, five ahead of relegation-threatened Yeovil, while West Ham stay midtable.

And Ellie Mason’s second-half strike earned Yeovil a 1-1 draw against Brighton after Victoria Williams had opened the scoring in a closely-fought encounter.

The result ends Yeovil’s losing run and is their first draw of the season as they progress to four points, while Brighton lie ninth with 13 points.

Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Arsenal Women 15 46 39
2 Manchester City Women FC 16 34 38
3 Chelsea FC Women 17 23 35
4 Birmingham City Women FC 15 6 28
5 Bristol City Women FC 16 -13 22
6 West Ham United Women FC 16 -8 19
7 Reading FC Women 14 -1 18
8 Liverpool FC Women 15 -15 16
9 Brighton & Hove Albion Women FC 17 -21 13
10 Everton Ladies FC 14 -17 9
11 Yeovil Town Ladies FC 15 -34 4
Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC 15 19 39
2 Manchester United Women FC 14 64 37
3 Charlton Athletic Women FC 15 22 32
4 Durham Women FC 15 22 32
5 London Bees FC 17 -17 21
6 Leicester City Women FC 17 -12 20
7 Aston Villa Ladies FC 14 -10 17
8 Sheffield United Women FC 14 -11 16
9 Lewes FC Women 16 -15 16
10 Crystal Palace Ladies FC 17 -20 10
11 Millwall Lionesses FC 16 -42 5