FAWC: Sheffield United Women overcome deficit and penalty to win

Sheffield United celebrations
Lucy Watson celebrates putting Sheffield United 2-1 up against London City Lionesse. (Hayden Newbegin/Sports Press Photo)

FA Women’s Championship leaders Liverpool left it late, Sheffield United fought back to win and Coventry United held Durham.

Durham 0-0 Coventry United (Att: 522)
Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Sunderland
Charlton Athletic 0-1 Liverpool
Lewes 2-0 Crystal Palace
Sheffield United 2-1 London City Lionesses
Bristol City 3-1 Watford

Blades fightback to beat Lionesses at Bramall Lane

A Sheffield United come back saw them send third-placed London City Lionesses to a 2-1 defeat.

Carly Girasoli gave London City the lead and it would have been doubled by the break but for penalty save from Fran Kitching.

Alethea Paul crossed for Courtney Sweetman-Kirk to slot home the equaliser and Lucy Watson struck what proved to be the decider midway through the second half, in off the bar from distance.

Liverpool leave it late

Liverpool remained seven points clear at the top of the table, with five games now to go in the title race.

Jas Matthews made the breakthrough with a headed goal in the final ten minutes, as Liverpool took the points at Charlton.

The Addicks had gone very close in the first period, when Rachel Laws tipped an Ella Rutherford header onto the bar.

Bull bags brace for Bristol

Bristol City are six points clear in second place after a 3-1 defeat of Watford.

Chloe Bull gave Bristol City and early lead against Watford and doubled the lead from a Ella Powell cross 11 minutes from the end.

Rosie Kmita quickly rifled the ball into the top corner to give the Hornets hope, only for Abi Harrison to head home a Bull cross in stoppage time.

Coventry frustrate Wildcats

Durham were held 0-0 by COventry United
Sarah Wilson of Durham. (Richard Callis/Sports Press Photo)

Coventry United did well to come away from Durham with a goalless draw, to improve their hopes of staying up.

Coventry keeper Lucy Thomas turned a Sarah Wilson long-range effort over the bar, while Rio Hardy had a goal ruled out and later hit the post.

The visitors are now within six points of Watford, while the Wildcats went level on point with London City.

Rovers hold on after penalty save

A last-minute Alex Brooks penalty save secured Blackburn a 2-1 result over Sunderland, which saw them leapfrog the Black Cats into ninth position.

Saffron Jordan and Annabel Blanchard netted for Rovers, Holly Manders pulled one back but Keira Ramshaw was unable to convert her spot-kick.

Rooks gaining on Eagles

Lucy Porter scored for Lewes early in the second half and Izzy Dalton drilled home from the edge of the box to double the lead over Crystal Palace before the hour mark.

The Eagles’ hopes of getting back into the match were hit when Siobhan Wilson was sent off for a second yellow card 20 minutes from time.

Lewes are now two points behind sixth-placed Palace and have a game in hand.

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