FAWC: Liverpool Women win title

Matt Beard guides Liverpool back into the WSL
Former WSL winner with Liverpool, Matt Beard has guided the Reds back into the top tier. (Photo: George Wood/Getty Images)

Liverpool are promoted from the FA Women’s Championship after securing the title away to second-placed Bristol City.

Lewes 0-2 Sheffield United
Crystal Palace 2-1 Blackburn Rovers
London City Lionesses 2-0 Charlton Athletic
Sunderland 0-0 Coventry United
Bristol City 2-4 Liverpool
Watford 3-3 Durham

Liverpool promoted

Liverpool sealed their return to the WSL after a two-year gap, when defeating title rivals Bristol City in front of around 5,000 at Ashton Gate.

If Niamh Fahey calmed any Liverpool nerves with the opener, tension was raised again as Aggie Beever-Jones immediately got Bristol back on level terms.

Jas Matthews found the net six minutes from half-time to put the visitors back in front and Katie Stengel scored a third just shy off the hour mark.

Abi Harrison put City back into the contest with 21 minutes to play, Missy Bo Kearns then getting Liverpool’s fourth.

Muya double does the job in derby

London City Lionesses scored at the end of either half to win the all-capital clash with Charlton Athletic.

Karin Muya sent the Lionesses in one up, following good work by Jamie-Lee Napier.

Muya struck again, when pressuring the Addicks into a defensive error to secure the points and raise to fifth spot.

Eagles rise to third

Crystal Palace beat Blackburn 2-1, quickly retaking the lead after Rovers’ second-half leveller.

Molly-Mae Sharpe had Palace ahead inside the first ten minutes and although Annabel Blanchard equalised from Saffron Jordan’s cross, Coral-Jade Haines hit a 74th-minute winner.

Blades win with first-half brace

Sheffield United took the points at Lewes with two first-half goals to go fourth in the table.

Lucy Watson headed in a cross from Georgia Walters and Kasia Lipka turned in a corner at the back post.

Durham come from two down to deny Watford

Helen Ward’s goal looked to be giving Watford an interval advantage over Durham, until Dee Bradley replied in stoppage-time.

Adekita Fatuga-Dada restored the Hornets lead second after the restart and Flo Fyfe gave them a two-goal cushion, only for Beth Hepple to hit back with a five-minute brace.

Clock counting down on Coventry

Coventry United held hosts Sunderland to goalless draw but time is running out for the basement side.

Faye Mullen threatened a late winner for the Black Cats but Lucy Thomas tipped the strike over the bar.

Coventry will now have to take at least six points from their last three games to have a chance of overhauling Watford and staying up.

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