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Arsenal women beat Leeds to move top of Premier League

By Tony Leighton

Women's football

Arsenal are the new leaders of the Women's Premier League after beating Leeds Carnegie in their top-of-the-table clash.

Left winger Rachel Yankey capped a good start by the Gunners, scoring the visitors' winner after 15 minutes.

Chelsea stayed third with a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest while Everton beat Sunderland 4-0 to stay in fourth.

Bristol Academy are still rock bottom after a 2-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers, who climb to eighth.


Leeds Carnegie 0-1 Arsenal

Yankey put the visitors in front with a well-struck cross-shot after 15 minutes.

Leeds responded well, and only a fine save by goalkeeper Emma Byrne prevented midfielder Steph Houghton from equalising with an 18-yard drive.

Either side of half-time left-back Olivia Thackeray and striker Ellen White wasted good chances to level.

And despite further pressure, the home side were unable to force an equaliser that would have kept them on top of the table.


Chelsea 1-0 Nottingham Forest

A goal on the hour by left-back Claire Rafferty gave Chelsea a victory that kept them in touch of the leaders.

Blues have now won six of their last seven matches to put themselves in with a chance of a top-two finish.


Sunderland 0-4 Everton

Former Sunderland midfielder Jill Scott opened the scoring against her old club with a fourth-minute header.

Captain Fara Williams doubled the lead with a superb 30-yard strike in the 22nd minute.

And after Gwen Harries had hit the third goal 13 minutes into the second half, Williams completed the scoring with her 17th goal of the season six minutes from time.


Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Bristol Academy

Goals in the first 12 minutes by Katie Anderton and Nicole Emmanuel set Blackburn up for a third successive victory.

Katie Daley pulled a goal back six minutes from time but it was not enough to save Bristol from an eighth defeat in their last nine outings.



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