WSL: Chelsea win 5-0 in lone game after more postponements


At the start of the week, there was to be six games played in the Women’s Super League (WSL) this weekend; by the time Friday rolled around that number had been cut to four; on Saturday, down to three; on Sunday, just one remained.

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Chelsea did their absolute best to deliver enough goals to make up for the lack of games elsewhere, as they thrashed mid-table Reading 5-0, spearheaded by the four goals scored by Fran Kirby, to go second in the table where they sit just three points back of leaders Manchester United with a game in hand.

Kirby opened the scoring just after the quarter-hour mark and doubled the Blues’ lead after 23 minutes. The highly prolific English international, who came through the youth academy at Reading from the age of 7 before moving to Chelsea in the summer of 2015, completed her hat trick in first-half stoppage time before adding her fourth in the 53rd minute.

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The title race is not only heating up in the WSL, but it’s officially wide open with Manchester United (26 points), Chelsea (23 – game in hand), Arsenal (22) and Manchester City (18 – game in hand) all conceivably within five points of one another by the time everyone has played the same number of games.