Van Egmond scores EWSL winner for West Ham

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Australia's Matildas had a mixed day in the Women's Super League with Emily van Egmond proving West Ham's matchwinner at Birmingham while Chelsea's superstar Sam Kerr was benched.

Caitlin Foord and her free-scoring Arsenal colleagues couldn't hit the target as Manchester United went top of the table for the first time, ending the Gunners' 100% start with a 1-0 win thanks to Ella Toone's late goal.

Van Egmond's second-half glancing header from Rachel Daly's cross sealed the Hammers' 2-1 win at Birmingham, their first victory of the season that thrust them clear of the relegation zone.

Chelsea avenged their FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Everton with a 4-0 Women's Super League win at Kingsmeadow but Kerr played just a cameo role.

She was left on the bench but was brought on in the last 11 minutes with match already won and came close to joining in Chelsea's goal feast.

Two goals in three second-half minutes from Bethany England had put the game to bed and enabled them to leapfrog Everton, whose team featured another Matilda Hayley Raso, and move to third in the table.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes explained that her deep squad meant difficult decisions when it came to selection.

"Coaching world-class talent means that what you do every day always matters, and people talk about you being as good as your last game... well you're as good as your next game," she said.

Chelsea took advantage of a goalkeeping error from Sandy MacIver to take a 15th minute lead.

England blocked an attempted clearance from MacIver and the ball fell into the path of Ji So-yun, who brought the ball under control and fired into the bottom left corner from 20 yards out.

England gave the home side breathing space after 73 minutes when she picked up a ball from Maren Mjelde on the edge of the penalty area and drilled home.

And three minutes later the game was over when Erin Cuthbert fired a shot against the crossbar and England reacted quickest to head the ball into the net.

Chelsea wrapped it up in the seventh minute of stoppage time as Denmark international Pernille Harder produced a brilliant solo goal, striking the ball into the top right corner from the edge of the box.