Newly promoted Liverpool Shock defense heroes Chelsea With a 2-1 win in front of 3,006 fans in Prenton Park.
Republic of Ireland internationals Niamh Fahey and Lian Kiernan both started for the Reds, although the latter has suffered an injury, which could cause trouble for Vera Bow ahead of Ireland’s historic 2023 World Cup match next month.
Fran Kirby made an early lead for the visitors after Gili Flaherty ousted Guru Ritten and the England international scored the penalty kick in three minutes.
A controversial call denied Sam Kerr her entry into the first new women’s Premier League season when officials raised the offside flag following the Australian’s first-half shot past Rachel Luz.
Ex-manager Matt Bird, enthusiastic in the first half, saw the Reds back on the resilient side, ready to pounce at any opportunity gifted to them by a Chelsea side who enjoyed nearly 70% possession.
The break came when Flaherty’s ball caught a throw in Millie Bright’s arm and a penalty was awarded to her hand and Stengel quietly turned into her first goal in the women’s basketball league.
Then, with only five minutes left in normal time, she won another penalty kick after being knocked down inside the area by Chelsea’s first-choice player Kadisha Buchanan and sending Zeira Musovic the wrong way to finish off her side’s triumphant return to the top flight.
Rachel Daley celebrated her return to English football with a sure duo at Aston Villawin 4-3 Manchester In Villa Park.
Daly joined the Houston Dash’s Carla Ward in August on a three-year deal and made her presence known early on, sending off Laia Alexandri to free the ball for Alisha Lehmann to sprint down the right and finish.
The versatile Daly, who played in defense during England’s Euro 2022 run but started attacking for Villa, found herself in acres of space and opened her account with a twisting effort in the top right corner.
City, whose mass exodus of players over the summer included the departure of Lucy Bronze and Georgia Stanway and record-breaking move Keira Walsh to Barcelona, are back in action again after Hannah Hampton failed to stop Laura Combs’ shot.
The Continental Cup champions maintained their momentum, scoring two goals in 90 seconds at the beginning of the second half, and Banny Shaw led the equalizer before Combs scored her second goal with a clear goal from Chloe Kelly’s cross from the right wing.
But three minutes later, Villa equalized when Kinza Daly took advantage of a dirty ball from Steve Hutton and fired past Eli Roebuck with the help of a heavy deflection on Alex Greenwood.
Roebuck was wrong for the winner when she minted a cross from Kirsty Hanson and let Daly in to claim the simplest winner.
Tottenham Walked with all three points in Lister After Ashley Neville scored the weekend’s opening goal, he sent a 40-yard shot over the head of Foxes goalkeeper Kirsty Levell to open the scoring in 35 minutes.
Drew Spence added again in injury time, a blow that came as a lull after her own goal after the second half, making it 2-1, but her team held on to the win.
in another place, West HamLisa Evans headed home in the first half to open the season with a 1-0 victory over Everton As the new manager, Paul Konchesky earned his first three points with Irons.
Ireland international Jesse Zew provided the decisive pass, as Courtney Brosnan played the whole match against Everton.
With no draws in the opening weekend, Arsenal finished the first round of matches at the top of the table with a 4-0 win over Brighton’s 10-player in Friday’s Women’s Football League match.
Manchester United, who beat Reading by the same score on Saturday, are second with Villa trailing in the top three.