Championship Winners Stun WSL Holders In Surprising Opening Weekend

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Still surprised by Aston Villa’s 4-3 triumph over last season’s top three side, Manchester City on Sunday, the clash between the Champions of the first and second-tier English Women’s League put up another surprising result.

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One would have expected top-flight Barclays English FA Women’s Super League (WSL) holders, Chelsea to earn a comfortable win over second-tier English Women’s Championship winners, Liverpool on Sunday but the script changed.

Liverpool FC Women which returned to the WSL after clinching the English Women’s Championship trophy stunned Chelsea FC Women with a comeback 2-1 win on Sunday at the Prenton Park, Birkenhead.

The amazing part of the game was the fact that all three goals were scored from the penalty spot.

Francesca Kirby in the third minute gave Chelsea the lead from the penalty spot which was the only goal of the first half.

Another penalty resulted in the equalising goal for Liverpool in the 67th minute as Katherine Stengel converted the spot kick.

The 30-year-old American forward (Katherine Stengel) again in the 87th minute slotted in her second goal for Liverpool from the penalty spot.


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The win moved Liverpool to the fourth position on the log at the end of the opening match day of the 2022/2023 WSL season ahead of next weekend’s Merseyside derby between the team and Everton FC Women.

Chelsea will have to attempt a return to winning ways next week against another haunted side in Manchester City Women.

Meanwhile…

Tottenham pipped Leicester City FC Women 1-2 in another Sunday clash in the WSL with Drew Spence scoring at either side of the post.

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She extended Tottenham’s lead in the additional minutes of the first half after Ashleigh Neville had given the London side the lead in the 35th minute.

In the 58th minute, she, unfortunately, scored an own goal which reduced Leicester City’s deficit.

Tottenham with the win occupy the fifth position on the log and will next face Arsenal on September 24 in a London Derby.

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