FAWC: Coventry United survive and send Watford Women down

Coventry United scape relegation at expense of Watford
Coventry United players celebrate their survival. (Stephen Flynn/Sports Press Photo)

Coventry United secured their FA Women’s Championship status in added time, thereby relegating hosts Watford.

Charlton Athletic 2-1 Durham (Att: 710)
Lewes 2-1 Liverpool (Att: 2,347)
London City Lionesses 3-1 Blackburn Rovers
Sheffield United 2-2 Crystal Palace
Sunderland 2-2 Bristol City
Watford 0-1 Coventry United (Att: 1,451)

Coventry win relegation decider at Watford

Olivia Fergusson’s deflected cross was well saved by Watford’s Georgie Ferguson, who also kept out a Katie Wilkinson free kick.

A dramatic stoppage-time saw Coventry’s Grace Riglar head against the post but Mollie Green find the net from a free kick.

London City finish runners-up

Last-day victory over Blackburn Rovers saw London City Lionesses seal second place in the league.

Amy Rodgers’ 25th-minute penalty was parried by Alex Brooks but only into the path of Jamie-Lee Napier, who made no mistake with the rebound.

Napier volleyed home her second soon after the interval and Rodgers tied up the win in the last ten minutes.

London City Lionesses FAWC runners-up
London City Lionesses celebrate Amy Rodgers goal, (Mark Addison Tweed/Sports Press Photo)

Bristol end third after draw at Sunderland

Emma Kelly’s free-kick causes problems for Sophie Whitehouse, Keira Ramshaw heading home the rebound for the Black Cats on 14 minutes.

Bristol City turned the game around as Melissa Johnson forced in a corner from Ffion Morgan, who then netted herself following up a shot from Chloe Bull.

Sunderland made it 2-2 with twelve minutes left, Emily Scarr’s cross headed in by Jessica Brown.

Lewes beat champions from goal kick

Lewes ended Liverpool’s 20-match unbeaten league run, coming from behind to net an outrageous winner.

Leanne Kiernan squared for Ashley Hodson to give Liverpool the lead after the half-hour mark but Georgia Timms levelled by the break in front of Lewes’s record crowd.

Tatiana Saunders got the decider with an unbelievable effort from her own goal kick, which beat her opposite number Charlotte Clarke.

Lewes beat Liverpool from a goal kick
Lewes’s goal-scoring keeper, Tatiana Saunders. (Stephen Flynn / Sports Press photo)

Fourth place for Palace 

Rhema Lord-Mears fired Sheffield United in front from distance, Charley Clifford responded in similar fashion for Crystal Palace.

The Blades led at the break following Courtney Sweetman-Kirk’s header off an Ellie Wilson cross but Sophie McLean got Palace back on level terms approaching the final ten minutes.

The draw saw Palace end goal-difference behind third-placed Bristol City.

Crystal Palace drew at Sheffield United
Crystal Palace defend an indirect free kick by Courtney Sweetman-Kirk. (Photo: Julian Barker)

Charlton leapfrog Durham 

Lauren Briggs came off the bench to fire Durham into the lead before the hour mark but Charlton quickly turned the game at The Valley in their favour.

Emma Follis equalised and Katie Robinson got the Addicks’ second with a clinical finish.

Briggs almost got Durham level in the dying minutes but hit the woodwork, leaving Charlton ahead of them in fifth spot on goal-difference.

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