WSL Roundup: Chelsea Hit Nine Past Bristol City, Man Utd See Off Birmingham, Reading Bounce Back

Ross Kennerley
Sep 13, 2020, 5:15 PM GMT+1
Chelsea hit NINE past Bristol City.
Chelsea hit NINE past Bristol City. / James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images

Chelsea recorded a quite astounding 9-0 win over Bristol City on Sunday, while their opponents last week Manchester United also found their scoring boots with a 5-2 success away at Birmingham in a goal-laden weekend of Women's Super League action.

Elsewhere, Reading recovered from last week's hiding against Arsenal to bounce back against newly-promoted Aston Villa, while Everton maintained their perfect start the season in a narrow win over Spurs. Manchester City were unable to see a way past Brighton on home soil.

There is, of course, nowhere else to start other than with the Blues. Normally, listing the scorers and the style of goal they scored would be the right course of action, but considering Chelsea had nine different scorers, we might just leave that be. The result means Bristol City have conceded 13 goals in their first two WSL matches of the season, without reply.

Manchester United also had no trouble finding the back of the net, although they had to come from behind against Birmingham to record their 5-2 victory. Claudia Walker and an Abbie McManus own goal had turned the game around for the hosts, but they were undone by three second half goals without reply after Katie Zelem levelled.

Ella Toone scored almost immediately after the restart, with the points wrapped up in the final half an hour courtesy of Kirsty Hanson's brace.

An excellent first half showing from Reading was enough for them to recover from their opening day hammering, as strikes from Amalie Eikeland and Lauren Bruton were followed up by a Fara Williams penalty to give the hosts a commanding 3-0 lead before the restart.

Aston Villa, who themselves suffered a losing start, rallied in the second period but all they had to show for their efforts was a late Stine Larsen penalty 11 minutes from time. In the end it was a comfortable victory for the Royals at the Madejski, who can look forward to a trip to West Ham next up.

Everton maintained their perfect start to the season with a hard-fought over Tottenham. The game was settled six minutes after half time as Izzy Christiansen got her head on the end of Nicoline Sorensen's cross. Tottenham, without new signing Alex Morgan on Sunday, now sit eighth in the table.

Lucy Bronze was unable to inspire Manchester City to victory Brighton at the Manchester City Academy Stadium, as they couldn't convert any of their 17 efforts on target into goals in their 0-0 draw. Boasting the lion's share of the ball, their star-studded side cam unstuck against the solid Seagulls, who had Megan Walsh to thank in goal with saves from Steph Houghton, Chloe Kelly and Georgia Stanway.