The FA Women's Super League
West Ham WomenWest Ham United Women1B'ham City WomenBirmingham City Women2

Women's Super League: West Ham 1-2 Birmingham City

Chloe Arthur
Chloe Arthur's winner was her first WSL goal for Birmingham City Women since joining from Bristol City last summer

Birmingham came from behind to win at 10-player West Ham and move to within two points of third-placed Chelsea in the Women's Super League table.

The match hinged on the sending off of Irons keeper Anna Moorhouse just before half-time for handling outside the box.

Wales international Hayley Ladd curled in the resultant free-kick to cancel out Adriana Leon's close-range volley.

Chloe Arthur punished an error from substitute keeper Becky Spencer at a corner to complete the turnaround.

The Scotland midfielder was in the right place to smash in her first league goal for Blues after Spencer failed to gather Ladd's high looping delivery.

Birmingham's second win in a row meant they took full advantage of Chelsea's WSL absence this weekend, with Emma Hayes' side instead in Champions League semi-final action against Lyon.

It is back-to-back defeats for mid-table West Ham, whose climax to the season takes place at Wembley next month when they face Manchester City in the FA Women's Cup final.

Despite playing more than half of the game a player short, they pushed Birmingham hard.

After going ahead when Kate Longhurst's left-wing cross was turned home by Canada forward Leon, West Ham were on the verge of a half-time lead before Moorhouse's error and Ladd's brilliant strike provided a crucial double blow.

Matt Beard's team defended stoically after the break, Brooke Hendrix and Gilly Flaherty both clearing off the line in a frantic few seconds following another Ladd set-piece.

But they could not quite hold out as Arthur's emphatic finish made sure Blues took home three points.

Line-ups

West Ham Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13MoorhouseBooked at 41mins
  • 3Simon
  • 5Flaherty
  • 4Hendrix
  • 11Rafferty
  • 12LonghurstBooked at 45mins
  • 20Cho
  • 15VisalliSubstituted forSpencerat 43'minutes
  • 19LeonSubstituted forRossat 61'minutes
  • 8KiernanSubstituted forKmitaat 73'minutes
  • 7Lehmann

Substitutes

  • 1Spencer
  • 9Ross
  • 14Sampson
  • 16Kmita

B'ham City Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 29Hampton
  • 23Scott
  • 3Sargeant
  • 25Mannion
  • 6Harrop
  • 4LaddBooked at 31mins
  • 13EwersSubstituted forStaniforthat 67'minutes
  • 14FollisSubstituted forWalkerat 55'minutes
  • 7ArthurSubstituted forScofieldat 86'minutes
  • 15Wellings
  • 9White

Substitutes

  • 1Brooks
  • 2Williams
  • 8Mayling
  • 11Quinn
  • 18Scofield
  • 20Walker
  • 37Staniforth
Referee:
Robert Whitton
Attendance:
706

Match Stats

Home TeamWest Ham WomenAway TeamB'ham City Women
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home2
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United Women FC 1, Birmingham City Women 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United Women FC 1, Birmingham City Women 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Brooke Hendrix.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Wellings.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ellen White (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lucy Staniforth.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Brooke Hendrix.

  8. Post update

    Hayley Ladd (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kate Longhurst (West Ham United Women FC).

  10. Post update

    Meaghan Sargeant (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Rosie Kmita (West Ham United Women FC).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Connie Scofield replaces Chloe Arthur.

  13. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match Rebecca Spencer (West Ham United Women FC) because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ellen White (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Claudia Walker.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Brooke Hendrix.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Harriet Scott (Birmingham City Women).

  19. Post update

    Rosie Kmita (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chloe Arthur (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Aoife Mannion.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women18160265135248
2Man City Women18135051153644
3Chelsea Women18106235122336
4B'ham City Women1811162517834
5Reading Women188372924527
6Bristol City Women197481632-1625
7West Ham Women1862102332-920
8Liverpool Women1861111835-1719
9Brighton Women1834111234-2213
10Everton Women1823131133-229
11Yeovil United1721141048-38-3
View full The FA Women's Super League table

Top Stories

Elsewhere on the BBC