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WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE ROUND-UP:  Chelsea hit NINE goals as they crush Bristol City

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Nine goals, nine different players on target. Champions Chelsea were an awesome sight as they crushed Bristol City 9-0 to win for the first time this season on Sunday, just 24 hours after Arsenal scored nine in the 9-1 demolition of West Ham.

Fran Kirby opened the scoring for Chelsea with her first goal since May 2019 before Maren Mjelde converted a penalty to double the advantage. Melanie Leupolz added a diving header and goals from Erin Cuthbert and Millie Bright gave the hosts an unassailable 5-0 lead at half-time.

Bethany England and Niamh Charles added two more just after the hour mark, before record signing Pernille Harder scored her first WSL goal with an exquisite backheel. Sam Kerr rounded off the scoring to give coach Emma Hayes a thumping win.

Chelsea routed Bristol City 9-0 and Emma Hayes' side boasted nine different goal scorers

Chelsea routed Bristol City 9-0 and Emma Hayes' side boasted nine different goal scorers

Chelsea routed Bristol City 9-0 and Emma Hayes’ side boasted nine different goal scorers

Pernille Harder was one of nine different scorers as Chelsea Women beat Bristol City 9-0

Pernille Harder was one of nine different scorers as Chelsea Women beat Bristol City 9-0

Pernille Harder was one of nine different scorers as Chelsea Women beat Bristol City 9-0

Result was just 24 hours after Arsenal scored the same amount in a 9-1 demolition of West Ham

Result was just 24 hours after Arsenal scored the same amount in a 9-1 demolition of West Ham

Result was just 24 hours after Arsenal scored the same amount in a 9-1 demolition of West Ham

Manchester United came from behind to beat Birmingham City 5-2. Jane Ross put the Red Devils ahead inside five minutes but Claudia Walker quickly equalised before Abbie McManus’ own goal gave the hosts an unlikely lead.

Katie Zelem drew the visitors level before half-time with a pin-point free-kick and United were soon in the lead again after Ella Toone struck two minutes into the second half. Two goals from Kirsty Hanson sealed the points for Casey Stoney’s side, who remain unbeaten.

Izzy Christiansen scored her first goal since returning to Everton in January to give the Toffees a narrow 1-0 victory over Tottenham. The midfielder met Nicoline Sorensen’s cross to head past Becky Spencer in the Spurs goal as Willie Kirk’s side put in a strong defensive performance to make it two wins from two.

Izzy Christiansen scored her first goal since returning to Everton as they beat Tottenham 1-0

Izzy Christiansen scored her first goal since returning to Everton as they beat Tottenham 1-0

Izzy Christiansen scored her first goal since returning to Everton as they beat Tottenham 1-0

Reading picked up their first points of the season with a 3-1 victory over newly-promoted Aston Villa. The Royals were thrashed 6-1 by Arsenal last week but strikes from Amalie Eikeland, Lauren Bruton and a Fara Williams ‘Panenka’ penalty gave them a 3-0 lead at half-time. Stine Larsen’s 79th minute penalty gave Villa a late consolation as they sank to back-to-back defeats.

As for Arsenal, they set their stall out on Saturday against a West Ham side reduced to 10 players when captain Gilly Flaherty was sent off for two bookings.

Jill Roord made it back-to-back hat-tricks in front of almost 1,000 fans while Vivianne Miedema scored a brace and Kim Little, Beth Mead, Leah Williamson and Caitlin Foord also got on the scoresheet.  Kenza Dali had equalised for the Hammers.

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Matt Chapman pays tribute to Pat Smullen after the legendary jockey died this week

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WHEN Pat Smullen tragically passed away this week he left behind a wife and three children. 

Frances, Hannah, Paddy and Sarah will have already been so proud of the man they either knew as a husband or a dad.

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But the outpouring of total love and respect over the last few days from all who knew Ireland’s nine-time champion jockey will, I hope, have also left them in no doubt Pat was not just to them an absolute hero but to all who met him. 

That won’t make the mourning any easier. But one day it will bring a smile and comfort to faces currently filled with sadness. 

For so many years Smullen was as fit as. But at the age of just forty-three he’s gone, claimed by that most horrid of diseases in cancer that bears no consideration for the kind of person it has taken. Cancer has no mercy. It took my dad many years ago – long before he could ever see me on TV.  

Smullen was a world class rider. He was a world class gentleman. And now he’s been taken from the world far far too soon. Sometimes, life sucks. 

But it didn’t suck for Pat. In his life he proved as a rider he was the best of the best. He was also a fine husband. And he had nurtured a fantastic family. Oh no, life had been lived to the full until it was snuffed out in such a cruel manner. 

In an interview I did with Pat on Sky Sports Racing where we discussed his cancer treatment, Pat said to me: “There was an element of obsession with the job and the game and the rest of life was passing me by. 

“The biggest winner for me from this was that it has brought perspective on life for me and I’m getting to spend plenty of time with the kids. 

“That’s a little bit of a silver lining to what has happened. But the best way to put it is that is just bought perspective on life. That there is more to life than a job and in my case my job is horse racing.” Wise words that we can all take heed from. 

Many people knew Pat Smullen a lot better than me. But on a professional basis Pat and I would often message each other, and when he asked me to help in any way I could to bolster his cancer charity money raising efforts I was honoured that he even thought of me.

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As many of you will know, in the old days of presenting on Attheraces – before it became Sky Sports Racing – we broadcast all the Irish racing. 

I was over in Ireland a lot back then, and formed a good relationship with another legend – Pat’s boss of twenty years Dermot Weld. 

Now the master of Rosewell and Smullen were a marriage made in heaven. Trips to Galway when they dominated will never be forgotten. Those days when it was not ‘if’ Smullen/Weld had a winner but how many. 

Earlier this week Kieren Fallon reminded me of a moment I had with Pat at the Ploughing Championships in Ireland. Horse Racing Ireland had a tent at the event and I was invited over a few times to ‘entertain’ the troops and interview some big names. 

Bringing this back to my memory, Fallon said: “I’ve had my quirks. Pat has had his tractors.” 

It was at Ploughing that Pat told me of his love for tractors, and how a John Deere machine for him was a work of art. 

With that in mind, I would sometimes send a picture of a John Deere to Pat. The last time was at the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita last year. You can see our brief chat on this page. You have no idea as a TV presenter how much I will always treasure Pat Smullen saying he enjoyed watching my stuff. From Pat, that meant so much. 

Smullen won Classics, his attitude was one of the perfect sportsman and after he was forced to retire he raised money and did all he could to keep others alive. 

As human beings we all have to believe we are unique and special. But as someone who is far from perfect, I would look at Smullen and just think: “I wish I could be a fraction of the man you are.” Rest in peace legend.

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8pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar LATEST, Partey remains a target, Liverpool in Carabao Cup draw, Raya update

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PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has committed his future to Arsenal by signing a new three-year contract at the Emirates.

And the Gunners are reportedly making a bold £36.5m bid to sign Lyon star Houssem Aouar.

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8pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Mendy agent CONFIRMS switch, Kepa future update, Rice LATEST, Gallagher new deal

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CHELSEA are close to securing the signing of stopper Edouard Mendy as they prepare to face Liverpool on Monday night.

The Blues will welcome the reigning Premier League champions to Stamford Bridge and in a boost, new signing Ben Chilwell has been spotted in training.

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