Matildas Sam Kerr, Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord all claimed victories in the final round of the England Women’s Super League, while Mackenzie Arnold’s West Ham claimed a final point against Liverpool.
Kerr provided two assists as his Chelsea side came from behind to beat Brighton 4-2 and move to the top of the table with Manchester City.
New signing Sjoeke Nüsken scored twice for Chelsea, the German midfielder’s first goals since his summer move from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Brighton defender Guro Bergsvand scored an own goal in the 74th minute – converting a Kerr cross – and Chelsea’s Aggie Beever-Jones came off the bench to put the game out of reach before Elisabeth Terland’s consolation in second half stoppage time for the visitors.
Catley and Foord both played the full 90 minutes as Arsenal won 2-1 at Bristol City thanks to two goals from Ireland star Katie McCabe.
Arsenal have seven points from four games, leaving them three points ahead of Manchester City and Chelsea.
In east London, West Ham’s equalizer in the fifth minute of added time stole a late point at home to Liverpool.
Marie Hobinger opened the scoring for the visitors in the 52nd minute and goalkeeper Arnold kept her team in the game with a fine save from a powerful half-volley from Fuka Nagano shortly after.
The Matildas’ No.1 was grateful to the woodwork, who came to her rescue twice before West Ham’s Japan international Riko Ueki headed the ball home at the death to grab a late share of the spoils.
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