The WSL 2 was back in action this weekend after an international break and below are the talking points from this week:
What a weekend of action:
The WSL 2 had some mouth-watering fixtures yesterday and they certainly lived up to the billing. The first game was on Saturday between eighth place London Bees and bottom of the league Watford Ladies FC which The Bees won 3-1. The win moved The Bees up to seventh and saw Watford stay bottom .
In a clash between second and third,Millwall Lionesses played Durham Women FC. Milwall edged the five goal contest 3-2 to keep them just a point behind leaders Doncaster Rovers Belles.
The next game was a mid table clash between Sheffield FC Ladies and Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC, which was a seven goal thriller with Sheffield winning 4-3 thanks to a hat-trick from Melissa Johnson. The win saw Sheffield move up to sixth and Tottenham drop to eight place.
This was followed by a top of the table clash between first place Doncaster and fourth place Brighton and Hove Albion Ladies. The match saw Doncaster heavily beat Brighton 4-1 and maintain their point gap at the top of the league.
The final game of the weekends action saw fifth place Oxford United Women and Aston Villa Ladies which saw Oxford come out 3-1 winners. The win saw Oxford stay fifth but move just two points behind Brighton in fourth.
Big Coup for Brighton:
Brighton made one of the signings of the window so far with the capture of Manchester City goalkeeper Marie Hourihan on loan until the end of the season.
The 30-year-old become the third signing of the window for Albion after the arrival of Chloe Peplow and Amanda Nilden earlier this month.
Speaking to the club’s website about the signing, manager Hope Powell said: ”
We are delighted to strengthen our options in the goalkeeper position with the signing of Marie.
“She is a player who will bring a wealth of experience, having played at the highest level for Chelsea and Manchester City, as well as for the Republic of Ireland.
“I am very much looking forward to welcoming her into the squad.”
Hourihan has played for a number of high calibre teams like Chelsea, Manchester City Ladies and Birmingham Ladies in her career already and has a wealth of experience. She was named on the bench in Sunday’s defeat to Doncaster, but will be hoping to start in Brighton’s next game.