#FAWC: Leicester City Women clinch championship

Leicester City players celebrate
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Leicester City sealed the FA Women’s Championship title with three points against London City Lionesses.

Sunday 4 April

Liverpool 2-0 Lewes
Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Coventry United
Charlton Athletic 3-1 London Bees
Crystal Palace 0-3 Sheffield United
Leicester City 2-0 London City Lionesses

Foxes promoted

Leicester City will be playing in the Barclays FA WSL for the first time ever next season, after finishing top of the Championship.

London City Lionesses keeper Shae Yanez conceded a penalty for catching Sam Tierney but then saved Charlie Devlin’s spot-kick.

Sam Tierney did break the deadlock midway through the second half via a free kick, on the follow up from her first attempt.

Natasha Flint volleyed home the Foxes second from an Esmee De Graaf cross, as Leicester secured the win and therefore moved beyond the reach of title rivals Durham.

Wilkinson bags brace for Blades 

Sheffield United narrowed the gap on second-placed Durham to four points with two games left each, following their 3-0 result at Crystal Palace.

A Maddy Cusack corner saw brought an emphatic header into the net from Katie Wilkinson, who nearly scored again on 31 minutes, although Rebecca Rayner buried the rebound.
Wilkinson did get her second after the interval, completing a fine team move.

Reds see off Rooks

Liverpool defeated Lewes 2-0 but are now two goals behind third-placed Sheffield United.

Ceri Holland’s early corner was turned into her own net by the unfortunate Nicola Cousins and Holland later nearly struck directly from a flag kick but Tatiana Saunders turned it onto the bar.

Lewes were denied loud claims for a penalty before the break and the Reds went onto double their lead on 55 minutes, Ashley Hodson crossing for Meikayla Moore to head home.

Charlton condemn Bees to basement

London Bees were confirmed as finishing in the one relegation place, hosts Charlton Athletic securing their safety with a 3-1 win.

Lois Heuchan turned home an Ella Rutherford corner shortly before half-time. Rutherford was also involved in the second goal, with Elisha Sulola poking it home.

Ella Powell won a penalty and Charley Clifford made it 3-0, before the Bees forced a late own-goal.

Coventry beat Blackburn

Coventry United also made their own status secure with a fine single-goal success away at Blackburn Rovers.

Keeley Davies intercepted a defensive header and lobbed the ball over keeper Alexandra Brooks, for what proved to be the only goal.

Sue Wood did well to keep Coventry ahead, when tipping a Chelsey Dukes strike over the bar.

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