Women's Super League: Arsenal win to keep pace at top

Rachel Yankey
Arsenal's Yankey was on target to keep the Gunners second in the table

Arsenal continued their pursuit of Women's Super League leaders Birmingham City with a 3-0 win against bottom-of-the-table Liverpool.

Julie Fleeting, Rachel Yankey and Kim Little were on target as the Gunners cut the gap at the top to four points, with a game in hand.

Toni Duggan and Michelle Hinnigan scored for Everton in a 2-0 victory over third-placed Chelsea.

The Toffees' second win of the season lifts them to fourth in the table.

Arsenal 3-0 Liverpool

Scotland striker Fleeting opened the scoring in the 35th minute, stabbing the loose ball home after goalkeeper Danielle Gibbons had blocked a Little shot.

England winger Yankey's 63rd-minute drive for the second goal was helped by a lucky deflection off defender Nicky Twohig.

And a cheeky backheel by England striker Ellen White set up Scotland midfielder Little to complete the scoring two minutes from time.

The attendance of 915 at Borehamwood was the third highest of this inaugural WSL season.

Everton 2-0 Chelsea

Everton's Toni Duggan
Duggan made it back-to-back wins for Everton after a slow start

Everton's biggest crowd of the campaign, 503, watched Mo Marley's team collect their first WSL home victory.

Winger Duggan set the Toffees on their way, expertly volleying in England left-back Rachel Unitt's 28th-minute cross.

Duggan was also involved in the 52nd-minute victory clincher, this time having a shot parried by goalkeeper Carly Telford and Hinnigan sweeping in the rebound.

The result took Everton to within two points of Chelsea and set them up nicely for Wednesday's Merseyside derby at home to Liverpool, who are four points adrift at the foot of the table following their defeat at Arsenal.

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