Barclays FA WSL: Chelsea Women come from behind to win title

Chelsea celebrate fourth goal v Manchester United
Sam Kerr celebrates with Chelsea staff after scoring their team’s fourth goal. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Chelsea made it a hat-trick of Barclays FA Women’s Super League titles but only after Manchester United had twice given them scares.

Aston Villa 0-1 Birmingham City
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Everton
Chelsea 4-2 Manchester United
Reading 0-4 Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Leicester City
West Ham United 0-2 Arsenal

Chelsea’s second-half comeback secures title

Manchester United took a 13th-minute lead when Martha Thomas headed in an Ella Toone free kick but Chelsea were level five minutes later, Erin Cuthbert with a powerful finish after latching onto a header from a throw in.

United regained the lady on 25 minutes, Leah Galton’s cross hit home by Toone’s deflected volley.

The second half was only 47 seconds old when Sam Kerr slammed home a volley to equalise, then five minutes later Pernille Harder squared the ball for Guro Reiten to give Chelsea the lead.

The title was looking Chelsea’s when Kerr volleyed in superbly on the turn from 25 yards

West ham Women v Arsenal
West Ham’s Hawa Cissoko with a last ditch slide tackle on Arsenal’s Katie McCabe. (Sam Mallia/Sports Press Photo)

Second place for Gunners

Arsenal did what they could in their title bid – winning at West Ham – but had to settle for the runners-up spot.

Stina Blackstenius came off the bench to make an immediate impact for Arsenal, breaking the deadlock on the hour mark at West Ham.

Steph Catley got the Gunners second six minutes afterwards but the leadership was slipping from their grasp elsewhere.

Man City take third spot

Manchester City seal third place in WSL
Manchester City’s Alanna Kennedy gets her head to the ball against Reading. (Tom Phillips/Sports Press Photo)

Manchester City made sure of qualifying for the UEFA Women’s Chmapions League again, with a last-day victory.

Lauren Hemp put Manchester City in front at Reading and Khadija Shaw doubled the lead close to half time, going someway toward sealing third place.

Ellen White added a late third when heading in a cross from Vicky Losada, in added time Hayley Raso was foulrd in the box by Lily Woodham and Alex Greenwood scored from the resulting penalty.

Birmingham City win at Villa Park

Aston VIlla Women v Birmingham City at Villa Park
Birmingham City goalscorer Veatriki Sarri. (Orlagh Malone Gardner/Sports Press Photo)

Relegated Birmingham City had the advantage by the interval at Villa Park, where Veatriki Sarri netted ten minutes in with a shot from a difficult angle.

Neville nets Spurs winner

Spurs Women won at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Spurs’ Ashleigh Neville at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Daniela Torres/Sports Press Photo)

Ashleigh Neville headed in a Jessica Naz cross to put Spurs one up on 49 minutes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium against Leicester City. It proved to be the only goal and claimed fifth place in the table for Spurs.

Brighton draw with Everton

Brighton v Everton Women
Everton’s Nathalie Bjorn is tackled by Inessa Kaagman of Brighton . (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Everton were ahead by at the break at Brighton through Nathalie Björn’s stoppage-time effort but Aileen Whelan marked her final game for Albion with the leveller early in the second period.

With the scores then staying level, Brighton ended seventh and Everton were left in tenth.

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