A howler from Liverpool goalkeeper Anke Preuss handed Everton an historic 1-0 victory as Anfield hosted its first FA Women’s Super League Merseyside derby in front of 23,500 fans.
In winning on their neighbours’ ground, Willie Kirk’s side achieved in their first visit what their male counterparts have not been able to do since 1999.
It was harsh on Liverpool, and Preuss in particular as she let Lucy Graham’s shot slip through her grasp, that such a momentous occasion should be decided by a mishap was a cruel lesson in taking chances when they arose.
Everton did that clinically, albeit with a helping hand, as they leapfrogged Manchester United into fourth place, while Liverpool remain bottom.
The Red Devils slipped up at Chelsea thanks to Maren Mjelde’s 65th-minute penalty as the Blues maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
Meanwhile, in the other derby of the day, Arsenal continued their title push with a 2-0 win over Tottenham.
Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema goals saw the Gunners stay a point behind leaders Chelsea.
Arsenal are third on goal difference with Man City remaining in second following a 5-0 victory against West Ham.
Strikes from Ellen White, Georgia Stanway (2), Lauren Hemp and Tessa Wullaert rounded off a comfortable afternoon for City.
City’s only sour note of the game came when Stanway was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 72nd minute.
Full results from Sunday’s Women Super League matches:
Man City 5-0 West Ham
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
Reading 3-3 Bristol City
Brighton 3-0 Birmingham
Tottenham 0-2 Arsenal
Liverpool 0-1 Everton