England midfielder Ella Toone starred as Manchester United climbed to the top of the Women’s Super League with a 4-0 win over Brighton.
Toone scored with a header in the 14th minute and then doubled the home side’s advantage with a commanding finish after 26 minutes before providing the assist that allowed Leah Galton to go 3-0 at the break.
Substitute Adriana Leon completed the goal with 12 minutes remaining to send United ahead.
Arsenal are second on goal difference after a hard-fought 1-0 win at Little Reading.
Stina Blackstenius got the Gunners going with a snap in the 30th minute, although they failed to make the most of their dominance and missed a chance to extend their lead when Kim Little saw her penalty saved by Jackie Burns on the hour became.
Nine minutes later, when Lily Woodham’s corner came back off the post, they might have had to pay and it took a good response from goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger, who set a record for the eighth straight game to give Natasha Dowie an 80th deny -minute compensation.
Pernille Harder’s brace helped Chelsea keep pace with the top two thanks to a 3-1 win at Everton.
The Denmark international headed the Blues ahead in the 37th minute from a cross from Guro Reit and, after Kadeisha Buchanan’s own goal clawed the hosts back in, converted a penalty in the 59th minute that penalized Courtney Brosnan’s tackle against Reit had been.
It was up to substitute Niamh Charles, however, to tie the points with a third five minutes into injury time.
Khadija Shaw also scored twice as Manchester City opened their account with a belated first league win of the season.
Shaw headed City ahead after 24 minutes from a Lauren Hemp cross against Leicester, although the home side had to be patient as they tried to end the game.
Hemp eventually extended her advantage when she converted Chloe Kelly’s cross in the 72nd minute and after Alex Greenwood saw her penalty saved by Kirstie Levell, Shaw added her second before Yui Hasegawa made it 4-0.
Niamh Fahey’s own goal was enough to propel Tottenham to a 1-0 home win over Liverpool.
The Republic of Ireland international defender deflected Celin Bizet Ildhusoy’s shot past goalkeeper Rachael Laws in the 11th minute to score the only goal of the game despite a strong finish from the visitors.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/ella-toone-manchester-united-manchester-city-brighton-england-b2203982.html Ella Toone shines as Manchester United take the lead after cruising past Brighton