#FAWC: Leicester City Women win top of the table clash at Durham

Sam Tierney goal
Sam Tierney (#3) scores for Leicester City. (Photo: Will Matthews/SPP/Sports Press/PA Images)

Leicester City went three points clear at the top of the FA Women’s Championship with a 2-0 result at promotion rivals Durham.

Sunday 14 March

FAWC

Blackburn Rovers 0-3 Lewes
Durham 0-2 Leicester City
Liverpool 5-0 Coventry United
Sheffield United 1-0 Charlton Athletic

Tierney brace keeps Foxes in pole position

Sam Tierney scored twice as Leicester City put breathing space between the Foxes and the Wildcats, with a game still in hand.

Hannah Cain came close to opening the scoring for the Foxes but Megan Borthwick tipped her effort round the post.

Leicester did go in front very early in the second half though, Sam Tierney with a close-range volley from Lachante Paul’s delivery.

Charlie Devlin was denied by the legs of the home keeper but later took the free kick from which Tierney doubled her tally with a header.

Rooks put three past Rovers

Lewes clear off goal-line at Blackburn
Tatiana Saunders’ goal survives a threat from Blackburn Rovers. (Photo: Karl W Newton/Sports Press Photo/Sports Press/PA Images)

Lewes pulled off a 3-0 win away to Blackburn Rovers to go five points ahead of tbeir seventh-placed hosts.

The Rooks were ahead from a penalty after Ini Umotong was brought down in the box after 12 minutes and got up to convert it herself.

The lead was doubled before the half-hour, Rhian Cleverly heading home after Lucy Ashworth-Clifford’s free-kick was not cleared.

Tatiana Saunders denied Elise Hughes as Rovers fought to get back into the game and Saffron Jordan had a goal ruled out for offside.

But Lewes sealed the win with a third goal on 69 minutes, substitute Danielle Lane driving at the defence and firing into the net.

Five-star Reds

Liverpool struck twice in two first-half minutes on the way to a 5-0 victory over Coventry United.

Missy Bo Kearns’ 23rd-minute corner was hit home by Niamh Fahey and then Becky Jane turned in a Ceri Holland cross.

Rachel Laws got down well to deny Coventry a goal back from Destiney Toussaint but the Reds scored a third with Holland’s hit going in off the bar.

Kearns and Fahey combined again midway through the second half, as the latter claimed her second goal, before Holland centred for Melissa Lawley to make it 5-0.

Blades edge Addicks

Sheffield United were 1-0 winners over Charlton Athletic with a second-half Katie Wilkinson goal.

The Blades keeper Naomi Hartley denied Charlton the opener in a one-on-one close to the interval and seven minutes into the second half the hosts struck.

Maddy Cusack’s corner was headed home by Katie Wilkinson, with both players making the 100th appearance for Sheffield.

Wilkinson nearly had a late second but Eartha Cummings pulled off a fine point-blank save.

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