The FA Women’s Super League and Championship – Previews – Fixtures – Saturday/Sunday, April 24/25

Arsenal, Chelsea. Spurs and West Ham return to FAWSL action following their successful FA Cup exploits.

Sunday, April 25
FA Women’s Super League
Manchester United Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women
Tottenham faces a tough task against a Manchester United side chasing Champions League aspirations.

Last time out, the Lilywhites edged out Reading by the odd goal in five after extra time in an FA Cup fourth-round tie – Jessica Naz netting the winner after Rachel Williams and Alanna Kennedy had also found the net.

Arsenal Women v Brighton & Hove Albion Women
Arsenal got in the mood for Brighton’s visit to Boreham Wood by thrashing Gillingham by ten unanswered goals.

Jill Roord bagged a hat-trick, while, Vivianne Miedema netted on her 100th appearance for the Gunners.

West Ham United Women v Everton Women
West Ham finally seems to have clicked. Following a 5-0 rout of Reading, the Hammers eased past a Chichester & Selsey side that had disposed of Leyton Orient the round previous.

Emily Van Egmond scored four times, while Kenza Dali, Gilly Flaherty, Katerina Svitkova, Nor Mustafa, Cecilie Redisch, Kate Longhurst and Anouk Denton helped the East Londoners to an emphatic 11-0 victory. Australian international goalkeeper, Mackenzie Arnold appeared as a second-half substitute in an unfamiliar midfielder role. West Ham now faces Manchester City in the last sixteen.

The Hammers returned to FAWSL action on Tuesday evening, playing out a tense goalless draw with Aston Villa at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. The point leaves the East Londoners two points above the dropzone in ninth place.

Elsewhere in the FAWSL…
Birmingham City Women v Reading Women

Women’s Champions League semi-final
FC Bayern München Ladies v Chelsea Women
Chelsea warmed up for one of the biggest games in their history with a 5-0 FA Cup triumph over London City Lionesses.

Niamh Charles, Jess Carter, Melanie Leupolz, and a brace from Drew Spence dis the damage: “I thought the intensity and the pace of the game was really good considering there had been so many changes,” Blues boss, Emma Hayes told www.chelseafc.com.

A game that after an international break you are not really sure how the team are going to come back, but I thought we were outstanding in everything that we delivered tonight.

“I thought we looked really fresh. We hunted the ball well out of possession, we showed courage to get on the ball and there was a lot of selfless movement to create space.
‘The girls executed what we asked of them and I really enjoyed it.”

FA Women’s Championship
Charlton Athletic Women v Durham Women
Coventry United Ladies v Crystal Palace Women
Lewes Women v Leicester City Women
London Bees v Blackburn Ladies
Sheffield United Women v Liverpool Women

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Brian Jeeves

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