Chelsea dig deep and go again with performance of champions at Aston Villa


Chelsea are now a point behind leaders Manchester United, but with a crucial game in hand. Amid first-half Chelsea dominance, Jelena Cankovic and Guro Reiten both netted from close range, before Sam Kerr’s 50th goal in the WSL completed the win after the break. Kerr stepped inside her marker and lashed a strong strike into the corner, befitting of her style in reaching that half century.

After Kerr’s goal, the travelling Chelsea fans were singing “that’s why we’re champions”. Their team showed why all night.

Villa had won their previous four WSL matches in a row. They will host Chelsea again, next time out, in the semi-finals of the cup. Their manager Carla Ward described Chelsea post-match as “mentality monsters”, adding to Telegraph Sport: “They’re champions for a reason and they showed that tonight. They’re an unbelievable side.

“It’s a missed opportunity to be honest, off the back of their [Chelsea’s] week, I felt like we could have given a little bit more. But look, my players have been absolutely brilliant all season but they’ll learn a lot from this, they’ll take the hurt, and hopefully that’ll help them, moving into the semi-final.”

Arsenal score another screamer to cap memorable week

By Tom Garry, Women’s Football Reporter

Arsenal’s memorable week continued as a stunning strike from Katie McCabe completed a thrilling fightback as they beat titlke rivals Manchester City.

 Just four days after knocking out Bayern Munich to reach the Women’s Champions League semi-finals, Arsenal now have the Women’s Super League crown in their sights. They are three points behind leaders Manchester United with a game in hand, and have key matches still to come away against both Chelsea and Manchester United.

Arsenal  had fallen behind to an excellent header from the WSL’s top scorer, Bunny Shaw, but hit back through Frida Maanum and the Republic of Ireland’s McCabe, who was mobbed in the technical area as she celebrated her winner with 16 minutes remaining.

What made her contribution even more impressive was that McCabe had left the field at the Emirates on Wednesday night wearing a protective boot and hobbling on two crutches, but she was passed fit enough to start against  City, who will now require multiple other results to go their way if they are to win their first league title since 2016.