FA Women's Super League: What we learned from the weekend's action

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There were four matches across the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship – but no lack of drama.

Reigning champions Chelsea came from behind to draw at Manchester City, preventing the FA WSL league leaders from going four points clear at the top.

Tottenham maintained their unbeaten run – and lead at the top of the FA Women’s Championship –Crystal Palace grabbed a late winner and there were goals aplenty in a raft of postponed SSE Women’s FA Cup fourth-round fixtures.

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Ji steers Chelsea comeback 

Ji So-Yun scored two second-half goals to rescue a 2-2 draw for reigning champions Chelsea away at league leaders Manchester City, who now sit just two points clear of Arsenal.

Tessa Wullaert opened the scoring for City before Georgia Stanway doubled their lead before half-time with her 11th league goal of the season.

But Ji gave Chelsea hope early in the second half before adding another to her tally late on with a  deflected free-kick to secure a point for Emma Hayes’ side.

Another blank for Brighton

Bristol City extended their unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions as they played out a goalless draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Brighton largely dominated proceedings but it proved another frustrating afternoon for Hope Powell’s side as they drew a league blank for the tenth time this season.

But it’s another important point on the board for the Seagulls, who have picked up just 9 from 15 games this season against an in-form Bristol City, who continue to prove tricky to get the better of.

Brighton’s Kirsty Barton takes a throw-in against Bristol City
Brighton’s Kirsty Barton takes a throw-in against Bristol City

Tottenham continue title charge

Rianna Dean scored a penalty as Tottenham extended their lead at the top of the Championship table to five points with a 3-0 win away at London Bees.

Dean put Tottenham in front early on before their lead was doubled before half-time when Bees defender Annabel Johnson put the ball into her own net.

Sarah Wiltshire added the finishing touches straight after the break with a sublime effort to secure Tottenham’s fifth consecutive league win.

Bryan at the double

Gemma Bryan scored twice, including a late winner, to help struggling Crystal Palace beat Leicester City 3-2 in the Championship.

All the action came in the second half, with Nikita Whinnett and Bryan scoring in quick succession to put Palace 2-0 ahead.

But Leicester hit back as goals from Hayley James and Leigh Dugmore drew things level – but Bryan slid an effort into an empty net in the 84th minute to secure Palace’s third league win of the season.

Royals run riot

Elsewhere, in the SSE Women’s FA Cup fourth round, Fara Williams scored five as Reading beat Keynsham Town 13-0, whilst Liverpool put six past MK Dons.

Meanwhile, Grace Neville scored an injury-time winner as Millwall Lionesses beat Lewes 1-0, whilst fellow FA Championship sides Durham and Sheffield United beat Cardiff and Loughborough Foxes 5-1 and 2-0 respectively.

And there was a shock for second-placed Charlton Athletic, who are out of the competition after losing to lower-league Huddersfield Town on penalties.

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