WSL goals of the week - gameweek 19

Ali Rampling
Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema were both on the scoresheet for Arsenal in gameweek 19 of the WSL
Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema were both on the scoresheet for Arsenal in gameweek 19 of the WSL / Visionhaus/GettyImages

The final WSL fixtures before the international break took place across the weekend, with rivals Chelsea and Arsenal both trading big victories as the title race looks set to go down to the wire.

Elsewhere there was a smash and grab victory for Aston Villa, while Manchester United and Manchester City picked up wins to leave the race for Champions League football finely poised.

There were a total of 14 goals shared across the six fixtures - here are the pick of the bunch.

6. Sam Kerr - Chelsea 5-0 Leicester

Sam Kerr netted a brace during Chelsea's comprehensive victory over Reading to maintain her lead at the top of the WSL's scoring charts.

Her second and her side's fourth concluded a flowing move from the Blues, with Erin Cuthbert heavily involved. The Scotland international's overlapping run was found by Guro Reiten, before picking out Kerr who was typically in the right place at the right time to turn home.

5. Georgia Stanway - West Ham 0-2 Man City

Manchester City briefly moved level on points with rivals Manchester United in third with a hard fought 2-0 win over West Ham.

Georgia Stanway got the scoring underway inside the opening 10 minutes, intelligently drifting unmarked into the area and finding the bottom corner with a low drive.

4. Vivianne Miedema - Leicester 0-5 Arsenal

Arsenal put on a show against Leicester to keep the heat on WSL leaders Chelsea, with Vivianne Miedema twice on the scoresheet.

Her second and her side's fourth saw her put the finishing touches on a lightening Arsenal move. Nikita Parris was at the heart of the action, combining with Beth Mead before perfectly laying it into the path of Miedema, who stroked home.

3. Jessie Fleming - Chelsea 5-0 Reading

Chelsea had to wait until the 40th minute to break the deadlock against Reading - but they did so in some style.

Jessie Fleming produced an exquisite piece of control to bring down Beth England's looping header with her chest, the ball seemingly sticking to her like glue, before directing a half volley into the bottom corner with her second touch.

2. Beth Mead - Leicester 0-5 Arsenal

Beth Mead opened the scoring for Arsenal against Leicester in the second minute with a stunningly executed volley.

The England international collected Caitlin Foord's cross, swivelled and directed a sweetly struck left footed strike into the back of the net.

1. Bethany England - Chelsea 5-0 Reading

Having clearly seen Beth Mead's volley earlier on Sunday, Chelsea's Bethany England felt compelled to go one better than her namesake.

The striker started the move that led to her side's second goal, winning the ball back inside the Reading half, feeding Reiten and bursting into the box. She was on hand to connect perfectly with the Norwegian international's cross and thunder home a volley.

England's brace against Reading also saw jump to joint third in the WSL's all-time top goalscoring charts.