While Aston Villa won the FA Women’s Championship title ‘six-pointer’, Durham took advantage to go level on points with Sheffield United.
FA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP results – 12 January
Blackburn Rovers P-P Lewes (waterlogged pitch)
Coventry United 3-2 Crystal Palace (Att: 726)
Durham 1-0 Leicester City (Att: 503)
London City Lionesses 0-2 London Bees (Att: 189)
Sheffield United 0-1 Aston Villa (Att: 1,157)
Villa double lead over Blades
Aston Villa went six points clear of closesr title rivals Sheffield United, when they edged the Blades 1-0 away from home.
The breakthrough came on 51 minutes as Shania Hayles ran clear and squared for Emma Follis to finish.
Sheffied were twice close to an equaliser in the last couple of minutes, as Sian Rogers clawed away an Aimee Palmer effort and Sam Tierney’s cross hit the bar.
Sharpe-shooter wins in for Wildcats
A long-distance Molly Sharpe strike was enough to give Dutham the victory against Leicester City and move them level on points with second-placed Sheffield United.
Leicester’s Nat Johnson denied Beth Hepple while Freya Thomas fired over the home crossbar but Sharpe shot past a stranded keeper from nearly 40 yards out.
The Foxes wemt close to levelling when Libby Smith’s shot was well saved by Megan Borthwick and Annabel Blanchard missed a great opportunity at the death.
Bees win London derby
London Bees stung London City Lionesses with two goals in the first 20 minutes in winning the capital clash.
Jo Wilson found the net 10 minutes in from a breakway move and Amelia Hazard poked home following a mistake from Lionesses ‘keeper Lucy Thomas in the 20th minute.
The Lionesses forced a series of goal-line clearances, while Flo Fyfe’s free-kick was saved by Sarah Quantrill and Vyan Sampson saw her shot cleared off the line.
Coventry leapfrog Palace
Coventry United let slip a two-goal advantage against Crystal Palace before netting a second-half winner to go sixth, above the Eagles on goal-difference.
Shannon O’Brien and Helen Dermody both scored to see the hosts lead 2-0 inside quarter of an hour but Hannah Mackenzie and Magda Mosengo wiped out that lead with a quick two goals just before half-time.
Ten minutes after the restart, O’Brien netted her second of the afternoon to clinch the points.