BLUE IS THE COLOUR, BUT NOT SKY BLUE
MANCHESTER City narrowly missed out on the Women’s Super League One title, despite battling to a 2-1 victory over Notts County in front of a club record crowd of 3,180.
Nikkita Paris opened the scoring for City, before Rachel Williams headed Notts level from a free kick. But it was in-form midfielder Isobel Christiansen who restored their lead, and in style. Her sublime finish from the edge of the area ensured that they would play Champions League football next season.
But it was Chelsea who lifted the WSL1 trophy thanks to a dominant performance against Sunderland. Goals from Ji So-Yun and Gemma Davidson, either side of a Fran Kirby brace, secured a 4-0 win and an historic domestic double.
At the other end of the table Bristol Academy’s relegation was already confirmed, but they recorded an impressive 4-2 victory over Liverpool – just their second win of the campaign.
Caroline Weir latched on to Loren Dyke’s cross after seven minutes, but a ropey Liverpool fought back and Hannah Short headed into her own net to give the Reds a lifeline.
But the lead was restored before the break. Christie Murray made no mistake as she lobbed despairing keeper Danielle Gibbons. Liverpool were undone again just 90 seconds after the re-start and it was Weir who confidently slotted home from a Sophie Ingle cross for her second of the match. Tatiano Pinto added a fourth before Natasha Dowie hit back with a consolation.
Arsenal Ladies edged past an ever improving Birm
ingham 1-0 thanks to Natalia Pablos Sanchon’s goal early in the second half. She made no mistake with a header at the near post and the Blues were punished for their wastefulness in front of goal.
In the WSL2, Reading kept the pressure on league leaders Doncaster Belles with a convincing 4-0 victory over
Millwall. Helen Ward hit a hat trick for the Royals in a dominant display that leaves them just three points behind the leaders, with a game in hand.
Everton Ladies have a grip on third place after thrashing London Bees 7-1 at The Hive. The goal of the day came from Toffees captain Michelle Hinningan who struck her second of the day into the top corner from 30 yards.
Yeovil Town slipped to their second defeat in a row as they paid for a slow start at Aston Villa, going down 21. England U17s midfielder, Mollie Rouse, scored a brilliant overhead kick and Katie Wilkinson doubled the home side’s lead on 75 minutes. But Sarah Wiltshire pounced five minutes from time to ensure it was a nervy finish.
Watford Ladies fell to their 15th defeat at Durham. Courtney Corrie and Sasha Adamson both scored twice, leaving the Hornets eight points adrift at the bottom.