Katie McCabe's Arsenal enjoyed a 3-2 Women's Super League win over defending champions Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.
The Ireland captain was presented with the London club's player of the year award after the game in which Beth Mead's brace drove Arsenal to victory.
England star Mead’s double added to Vivianne Miedema’s opener, with more than 8,000 fans lapping up an exciting encounter in north London.
Erin Cuthbert had Chelsea level at 1-1 at the break as boss Emma Hayes racked up her 250th match at the Blues’ helm.
Mead struck twice in 11 second-half minutes however to turn the tide, and the hosts held on despite Pernille Harder’s effort teeing up a tense finale.
Thank you to the fans for this means the world! Delighted we could get the win for you today🔴 UTA pic.twitter.com/AkmYNrJN6W— Katie McCabe (@Katie_McCabe11) September 5, 2021
Megan Connolly started for Brighton as they jumped to second in the embryonic table thanks to a 2-0 win over 10-woman West Ham.
The Hammers had Hawa Cissoko sent off just past the half-hour mark, and never recovered from that dismissal.
Inessa Kaagman’s penalty handed the hosts the lead, and Lee Geum-Min found the net before half-time as Brighton effectively settled the contest before the interval.