Barclays Women’s Championship: London City go three points clear

Southampton and Crystal Palace - Barlclays FA Womens Championship
Southampton players celebrate the opening goal against Crystal Palace. (Stephen Flynn/SPP)

London City Lionesses moved further ahead in the Barclays Women’s Championship with title rivals Bristol City held by Blackburn Rovers.

Durham 1-0 Sheffield United
Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Bristol City
Charlton Athletic 1-0 Coventry United (Att: 556)
Lewes 0-4 Birmingham City
London City Lionesses 3-1 Sunderland
Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace

London City Lionesses extended their lead at the top, as three goals in eight first-half minutes set up a win over Sunderland. Sarah Ewens volleyed in off the bar, Atlanta Primus netted from the edge of the box and Lily Agg got the third. Abbey Joice sent Liz Ejupi away to get a goal back for the Black Cats in the second half.

Bristol City were held to a goalless draw at Blackburn and are now three points off the leaders, whom they host in midweek. City’s Jodie Hutton and Shania Hayles both struck the woodwork in the first period, Rovers’ Saffron Jordan doing likewise but a minute from time.

Southampton’s defeat of Crystal Palace put them within a point of the second placed side but from two games more. Sophia Pharoah was played in to give the Saints the lead on half time, but the win was not sealed until substitute Ella Pusey’s stoppage-time goal.

Birmingham City stormed to a 4-0 success at Lewes, to rise to fourth and stay a point behind the Saints. Claudia Walker set up Jade Pennock for the opener, repeating this for a second before the break. Lucy Quinn came off the bench to get the third on the rebound from an effort by Pennock, who later completed her hat-trick from outside the area.

Charlton Athletic are goal-difference behind Birmingham, following a narrow win over  Coventry. United were set for a precious point but Alex Hennessy grabbed a 97th-minute goal.

Durham defeated Sheffield United with the only goal coming in the penultimate minute. Georgia  Robert’s ball into the box was and prodded home at the back post by Jess Clarke.

Durham v Sheffield United - Barclays FA Women's Championship
Jess Clarke (R) of Durham celebrates with teammates after scoring the late winner. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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