On form Jess Clarke scored two goals to help Notts County win 2-1 at champions Liverpool. Liverpool were not helped after losing star player Fara Williams to injury. Clarke fired in an Alex Greenwood free-kick which was equalised by a goal from Liverpool’s New Zealand debutant Rosie White. However Clarke got a second after being set up by England star Ellen White to grab the win and three points. The defeat puts Liverpool eight points off the top and it looks increasingly like they will not retain their title.
Toni Duggan scored two for improving Manchester City as they saw off bottom club Bristol Academy. Daphne Corboz got a third goal to seal victory in a match City dominated. Duggan was denied a late hat-trick by the crossbar in a display in which Bristol could not handle her. City are without question a team to watch going forward.
Arsenal moved back into second place after their disappointing performance against Liverpool last week with a 1-0 win at Birmingham. Chioma Ubogagu got the goal after a neat one two with Spanish striker Natalia. Arsenal were helped by a red card to the blues Freda Ayisi for a second cautionable offense. In an entertaining game Natalia was denied twice by goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer. At the other end Allen Hit the post from Karen Carney’s cross and Kirsty Linnett failed to finish off the rebound.
The biggest story of the day was at Sunderland who thrashed league leaders Chelsea. Beth Mead, who only a couple of days earlier had been involved in a car crash, scored a hat-trick for the Black Cats in a 4-0 win. Chelsea were strangely flat as Sunderland took the game to the league leaders. Abbey Holmes got the fourth from 25 years out to complete a comprehensive victory and open up the title race once again after Chelsea looked like they were starting to run away with it.
MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD
Liverpool 1 (White) Notts County 2 (Clarke 2) – At the Select Security Stadium, Liverpool
Bristol Academy 0 Manchester City 3 (Duggan 2, Corboz) – At the Stoke Gifford Stadium, Bristol
Birmingham City 0 Arsenal 1 (Ubogagu) – At the Autotech Stadium, Solihull
Sunderland 4 (Mead 3, Holmes) Chelsea 0 – At the Hetton Centre, Sunderland