The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Sheri­dan Robins

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.

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