Arsenal edges out Chelsea in Women's Super League thriller

Arsenal's Bethany Mead scored twice as her side beat champion Chelsea 3-2 to start off the season with a win.

Arsenal's Beth Mead, who scored two goals, in action with Chelsea's Niamh Charles   -  Action Images via Reuters

Arsenal striker Bethany Mead scored twice as her side beat champion Chelsea 3-2 in a thrilling match to get its FA Women's Super League season off to a winning start at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Vivianne Miedema gave the home side the lead in the 14th minute, latching on to a pass down the left wing from Katie McCabe before firing home low at the far post for her 61st goal in 68 WSL games for Arsenal.


Erin Cuthbert equalised for Chelsea before the break with a goal in the 44th minute.

Arsenal looked to have sealed it with two goals from Mead in the first 15 minutes of the second half, but a brilliantly-timed header by Pernille Harder in the 64th minute set up a grandstand finish.

Chelsea threw everything forward in the closing minutes but despite getting dangerous balls into the box, the closest it came was a Sam Kerr header straight at the keeper.

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Manchester City Women topped the table after a 4-0 win over Everton on Saturday with Manchester United second following its 2-0 win over Reading. Arsenal is third.

Brighton & Hove Albion hosts West Ham United later on Sunday.

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