Barclays FA WSL returned in style with a Manchester derby setting the stage on Saturday and a London derby opening the day of football on Sunday.
Newly promoted Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur played two of the league’s top three in Manchester City and Chelsea respectively.
Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
One of three games played at the ‘main’ stadiums over the weekend, Stamford Bridge hosted a fantastic 24,564 people in the early afternoon of Sunday. Chelsea took the lead in the fourth minute of the game thanks to a leathering strike from Beth England.
Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United
The Manchester derby kicked off the WSL season with an attendance record of just over 31,000 people at the Etihad, Caroline Weir blistering strike just minutes into the second half broke the deadlock.
The defending WSL champions kicked off their defence of the league title at home to London rivals West Ham United. Arsenal had an impressive first half and opened the scoring through Beth Mead, who fired into the corner. Mead received the ball in the penalty area and held it up well before laying it off to Jill Roord to slot away on her league debut.
Westham united got themselves on the scoresheet shortly after the break thanks to a lovely ball from Erin Simon to new signing Martha Thomas.
Birmingham City 0-1 Everton
Birmingham lost to Everton despite dominating the game.
Liverpool 0-1 Reading
These two clubs should comfortably secure a mid-table finish come the end of the season, Reading started the game brightly forcing Preuss into a brilliant early save; with the Liverpool goalkeeper coming to their rescue on more than one occasion through the match.
Bristol City 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Bristol v Brighton was the only game this weekend without a goal, partly thanks to excellent goalkeeping on display.
- 15.09.19 Reading v Manchester City
- 15.09.19 Everton v Bristol City
- 15.09.19 Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
- 15.09.19 Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea
- 15.09.19 West Ham United v Birmingham City
- 16.09.19 Manchester United v Arsenal