Pauline Bremer struck twice for the 2d sport running as Females’s Orderly League title hopefuls Manchester Metropolis noticed off Everton at the Academy Stadium.
Nonetheless, Georgia Stanway’s 90th-minute possess plan stopped Metropolis going top of the table on plan difference.
Bremer’s double and a Gemma Bonner strike looked region to raise Metropolis to the summit in supervisor Gash Cushing’s penultimate home league sport to blame.
But Stanway discovered her possess obtain slack on to preserve Arsenal top on aims scored.
The Gunners can re-open a three-level cushion with victory at Brighton on Saturday and, in an correct title bustle, Metropolis – who registered 24 photographs at some level of the game – would possibly well per chance well rue their failure to ranking more.
Having enjoyed a first-minute let-off when Metropolis keeper Ellie Roebuck diverted Hannah Cain’s shot on to the bar, Germany striker Bremer grow to be the game the hosts’ manner.
She lifted a fab pause over Tinja-Riikka Korpela to place Metropolis ahead after the ball broke to her six yards out and doubled the lead with a posh curler in the 2d half.
After both facet hit the woodwork – the center-broken Cain again from distance for Everton and Bremer with an overhead kick for Metropolis – Bonner squeezed a a long way-put up free-kick by Korpela’s legs to precise victory.
From there, Metropolis had more than one potentialities to spice up their plan difference, stage with Arsenal on +26, but Stanway and Bremer wasted several openings and Korpela pushed Ellen White’s shot on to the put up.
Their frustration used to be compounded when an Everton nook went in off Stanway but it no doubt would possibly well per chance not forestall Metropolis – whose boss Cushing leaves for males’s group Novel York Metropolis in February – from recording a Third consecutive prefer.