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Women’s Super League: Chelsea 3-1 Manchester City – Mjelde, Kerr & Kirby earn win

Chelsea's Maren Mjelde's scores from the penalty spot against Manchester City
Maren Mjelde’s first-half penalty was her second goal of the season

Maren Mjelde’s controversial first-half penalty set reigning Women’s Super League champions Chelsea on their way to victory in a lively tussle with last season’s runners-up Manchester City.

Mjelde slotted home after City’s Ellen White was penalised for handball, although the ball struck Demi Stokes.

But fortunate as their opener was, Chelsea dominated the second half.

Sam Kerr tapped in a second and, after Chloe Kelly’s penalty gave City hope, Kirby’s composed finish made it 3-1.

England striker Kirby, playing wide on the right, was the standout performer in a stylish win that extends Chelsea’s unbeaten WSL run to 25 games and takes them up to third in the table after four games.

A thrilling first league meeting between the two sides this season went the same way as Chelsea’s 2-0 Community Shield success in August.

City, who are fifth

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Manchester City’s Sam Mewis sinks Arsenal in Women’s FA Cup semi-final

Before their Women’s FA Cup semi-final, Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro had said that the team that found its rhythm “as quickly as possible” and was “able to control and dictate” would be most likely to progress.



Sam Mewis holding a football ball: Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA


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Unfortunately for the 51-year-old, it was City, with US World Cup winner Sam Mewis at the hustling centre of a press that would earn her new team a Wembley final against Everton on 1 November. Midfielder Mewis’s winner, her first goal in England, came just minutes after Jordan Nobbs had levelled following defender Steph Houghton’s free-kick opener for City.

Related: Manchester City v Arsenal: Women’s FA Cup semi-final – live!

Arsenal’s attack had been the most potent since football resumed, with a staggering 19 goals scored in their opening three fixtures. City’s start had been less eye-catching, with a 0-0 draw at home to Brighton and

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Women’s FA Cup: Manchester City check Rose Lavelle fitness before Arsenal tie

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Rose Lavelle scored in 2019’s Women’s World Cup final against the Netherlands in Lyon
Date: Thursday, 1 October Kick-off: 19:15 BST Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and online from 19:00

Holders Manchester City are monitoring Rose Lavelle’s improving fitness before Thursday’s Women’s FA Cup semi-final against 14-time winners Arsenal.

Whoever goes through will face Everton at Wembley on 1 November after the Toffees beat Birmingham City 3-0.

United States midfielder Lavelle has yet to play for Man City since arriving in August with a minor ankle injury.

But manager Gareth Taylor hopes to give a debut “over the next couple of games” to the 25-year-old World Cup winner.

“Rose has been training hard,” said Taylor. “What we’re trying to do with her is just make sure she’s ready.

“She’s been really keen to get back in. It’s just been a case of keeping the reins on her

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