FAWC: Liverpool Women on verge of title

Liverpool's two-goal Rachel Furness
Liverpool’s Rachel Furness bagged a brace against Durham to move the Reds closer to the title. (Photo: Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Liverpool close in on FA Women’s Championship title, Crystal Palace win local derby, Coventry United continue fight against drop.

Liverpool 3-0 Durham
Sunderland 2-1 Watford
Coventry United 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
Charlton Athletic 0-1 Crystal Palace
London City Lionesses P-P Lewes (positive Covid tests)

Liverpool go eleven points clear

Liverpool went ahead against Durham on nine minutes when Rachel Furness swept the ball home from a corner, with Melissa Lawley already having had a goal ruled out for offside.

It was 2-0 before half time as Katie Stengel headed home a Megan Campbell long throw and after the break Furness headed home her second from another Lawley corner to complete the scoring.

Liverpool could clinch the title next week when they take on Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Palace up three places after derby win

Crystal Palace won by the only goal at Charlton Athletic to not only climb above their South London rivals but go up three places to fourth, level on points with third-placed Durham.

Coral-Jade Haines had Palace ahead on 22 minutes with a strike into the Addicks’ top corner.

Lois Roche was denied a first-half equaliser by the crossbar, Sophie Quirk similarly frustrated after the interval and Katie Robinson forced a late save from Eagles’ keeper Emily Orman.

Crystal Palace, Coral-Jade Haines
Crystal Palace’s match-winner. Coral-Jade Haines. (Sports Press Photo)

Sunderland win with quick second-half double

Two goals midway through the second half gave Sunderland victory over Watford.

Katy Watson broke the deadlock in the 66th minute, netting her first senior goal for the Black Cats when following up Maria Farrugia’s parries shot.

Neve Herron quickly doubled the advantage when heading in from an Emma Kelly corner, Jenna Legg later getting a stoppage-time consolation for the Hornets.

Coventry continue to battle against the drop

Coventry continued to keep alive their hopes of avoiding relegation with a win over Blackburn Rovers, moving with six points of Watford.

In the 66th minute, Nat Johnson’s cross was only cleared as far as Katy Morris, who shaped to successfully steer the ball into the top corner.

Johnson had earlier had a long-range effort tipped over by Alex Brooks, Elisha N’Dow later saw her chance cleared off the Rovers line.

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