#FAWSL: Chelsea Women finish third

Bethany England celebrates scoring Chelsea’s third goal at Reading. (Photo: Robin Parker for The FA)

The FA WSL signed off for the season on Saturday 11 May, with champions Arsenal beating runners-up Man City, Chelsea clinching third spot and Liverpool victorious in the Merseyside derby.

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Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City (Att: 2,200)
Liverpool 3-1 Everton (Att: 1,842)
Reading 2-3 Chelsea (Att: 612)
West Ham United 0-4 Brighton & Hove Albion (Att: 1,412)
Yeovil Town 0-2 Birmingham City (Att: 463)

England bags Blues’ winner

There was a crazy spell of three goals in as many minutes during Chelsea’s 3-2 win at Reading, which was decided 2 minutes from time by a Beth England effort.

Ji So-yun scored early on for the visitors and after Natasha Harding drew Reading level on 50 minutes, a Karen Carney cross looped in to restore the advantage, only for Fara Williams to make it 2-2 on the follow-up from Harding hitting the bar.

England punished Jade Moore’s casual back-pass late on to ensure Chelsea finished in third place.

Gunners deny City an unbeaten league campaign

Champions Arsenal finished the season as the only team to defeat Manchester City, Emma Mitchell coming off the bench to smash the ball into the top corner with only a minute remaining, ahead of the Gunners showing off the trophy to their fans.

The match marked the last Arsenal appearance for Wolfsburg-bound Dominique Bloodworth and Sari van Veenendaal, whose contract is expiring.

Also moving on is City’s Nikita Parris, announcing on social media: “After five years the moment has come, to call time on my career as a Manchester City Women’s player.”

Rodgers seals Reds’ derby joy

Niamh Charles marked her return from a long-term injury with a goal for Liverpool, adding to Courtney Sweetman-Kirk’s opener at Prenton Park.

Abbey-Leigh Stringer pulled one back for Everton, but Amy Rodgers’ late goal sealed victory – and bragging rights – for Liverpool.

Seagulls sink Hammers

Brighton scored twice in each half in a 4-0 win at SSE Women’s FA Cup runners-up West Ham.

Brighton were 2-0 up by half-time thanks to goals from Kayleigh Green and Megan Connolly, denting West Ham’s hopes of finishing above Bristol City in sixth.

Matt Beard’s side fought hard in the second half but struggled to create any clear-cut chances before Amanda Nilden wrapped up the victory for Brighton with a composed finish and Ellie Brazil added a late fourth.

Lucienne Reinhardt was playing her final game for the Hammers, as was retiring Calire Rafferty.

Wellings double defeats Glovers

Birmingham City missed out on third spot but did finish with a win, 2-0 at Yeovil Town, where Charlie Wellings got both goals.

Wellings broke the deadlock just before the hour mark, firing home into the bottom left hand corner following good work from Claudia Walker.

Wellings completed her double on 65 minutes when she found the back of the net again with a deflected effort.