WSL 1 - Week 8 round up: Chelsea miss chance to go top

Notts hold Liverpool, while Birmingham City and Arsenal both recorded huge wins in the eigth round of the 2016 FA WSL

WSL 1 - Week 8 round up: Chelsea miss chance to go top
Danielle Van De Donk celebrates after scoring against Chelsea. Credit:

The full-time whistle at Staines marked the end of another action-packed weekend in the FA Women's Super League, including: last ditch defending, last minute goals, a 40-yard own goal and shock wins. We've rounded up the action for you.

Liverpool Ladies 0-0 Notts County Ladies

Liverpool missed the chance to put fourth place Birmingham under more pressure as they dropped two points at home thanks to some resolute defending Rick Passmour's Notts County. The Reds were unbeaten in five games went into the game looking to secure a win over the Lady Pies, who had secured a win on their travels just once all season, but had to remain happy with a point.

Notts started the game rather brightly, with Ellen White heading just wide. Liverpool responded well with Caroline Weir and Laura Coombs both going close. Substitute Niamh Charles missed the best chance of the game, with Notts 'keeper Megan Walsh pulling off a point blank save. The result kept Liverpool five points ahead of their opponents, the latter having two games in hand.

Birmingham City Ladies 1-0 Sunderland Ladies

An 88th minute winner by Charlie Wellings gave Birmingham City all three points and a clean sheet, maintaining an impressive goal-against tally of five goals in ten games.

The home side dominated the entire game, but the outstanding defence stood firm all game, only to collapse in the dying moments, when Wellings sent the ball in following a Mel Lawley cross. The result meant Birmingham remain in fourth place just behind Arsenal, with both teams fighting for the elusive UEFA Women's Champions League spot.

It was a heartbreak for the Lady Black Cats, who are now ahead of just promoted Reading and Doncaster Belles, having won just one game all season.

Despair at the death for the Blues. | Image credit: Chloe Leadbeater
Despair at the death for the Blues. | Image credit: Chloe Leadbeater

Chelsea Ladies 1-2 Arsenal Ladies

Perhaps the game of the weekend, Chelsea needed the win to overtake Manchester City Women to the first place, while Arsenal needed the three points to remain ahead of Birmingham City and edge closer to Chelsea. The game couldn't have began any worse for the Gunners, when keeper Sari Van Veenendaal misjudged Alex Scott's back pass early on in the first half. The Blues looked set to go 1-0 up at half time, when midfielder Vicky Losada headed the away team level moments before the break.

Eniola Aluko and Claire Rafferty both missed golden opportunities to score the winning goal for Chelsea, before the late heartbreak, when a Natalia Pablos through ball found Danielle Van De Donk, who rounded Chelsea goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl and scored the winner, with six minutes remaining.

The loss kept Chelsea on second place, while Manchester City retained top spot, having played one less game than last year's league winners. Arsenal's massive win was their second of the season against their London rivals, having also beaten Chelsea 1-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley earlier this year.