Man City win 1st WSL title
Man City Women won their first ever WSL title after defeating last season’s champions Chelsea, 2-0.
Manchester City Women (K. Chapman og 34’, T. Duggan 50’) 2-0 Chelsea Ladies
Manchester City Women have won their first ever Women’s Super League title after defeating last season’s champions Chelsea, 2-0.
A little help from Chelsea’s Katie Chapman and a goal from Toni Duggan wrapped up City’s quest for their first hands on English women’s top division crown.
From the start of the day, the hosts only needed to avoid defeat to claim the club’s third ever major trophy.
The win for the blues extends their unbeaten run to 15 league games and have only conceded three goals in the campaign so far.
For Chelsea however, the defeat means they will end the season with no trophies after winning the double last year of the FA Women’s Cup and the WSL.
City are now 10 points clear from Chelsea at the top of the WSL table with the London club still needing at least a draw to secure a Champions League spot.
Man City Women’s manager Nick Cushing stuck with the same winning team at Arsenal a fortnight ago.
Chelsea’s Emma Hayes only made one change to the starting line-up that thrashed Reading, 3-0, with Claire Rafferty out of the squad being replaced by midfielder Jade Bailey.
Before the game was underway, there was a minute silence at the Academy Stadium for Sylvia Gore who sadly passed away earlier this month in a battle with cancer. Gore was an ambassador of Man City Women.
City men’s captain Vincent Kompany, in which the Belgium’s team are currently top of the Premier League table, attended the title encounter to cheer on the women’s team
It was the hosts who scored the opener as Jill Scott converted Toni Duggan’s corner kick deflecting off Chelsea captain Katie Chapman into the bottom corner of the net after 34 minutes.
Duggan then doubled the lead four minutes into the second half with a penalty kick after team mate Lucy Bronze was fouled from behind after beating Gilly Flaherty to the ball.
The opening minutes had Chelsea hoping to take an early lead as Carney claimed for a penalty kick in the second minute but no contact was made.
But Chelsea started to go a little quiet after ten minutes in as City started to get busier in their opponent’s half.
City showed some dominance, as they have done all season, with Duggan bringing spark up the pitch with a couple of awkward deliveries into the box including Christiansen’s close range chance but was read well by the defence.
27 minutes in, Scott appealed for a penalty after the England international thought she was fouled in the area while breaking through the visitor’s defensive line.
Five minutes before the interval was a worrying moment for the hosts when Duggan started to limp, with what looked like a knock to her left leg, but the City forward walked it off and even went on for a missed long range effort moments after.
The last chance of the first half went to Chelsea’s Eniola Aluko, who signed a new contract to stay with the London club in midweek, who aimed for a volleyed effort which ended up hopelessly out of play.
After Duggan placed City into a comfortable lead minutes into the second half, their opponents showed no real signs of fighting back to keep the title hopes alive.
Scott had a couple of efforts of tripling the lead with long range drills not finding the target.
Nikita Parris as well tried to get herself on the scoreboard with a storming run into Chelsea’s danger zone outpacing her opponent but the finish travelling behind the far post.
City controlled the game out all the way to the end sweeping Chelsea under the carpet. The visitors had no answers by failing to score.
The new WSL champions host Birmingham City next for the Continental Tyres Cup final (KO 15:00) on Sunday in their bid to lift the trophy for the second time in three seasons.
Chelsea have over a month of recovering from WSL disappointment before their next match at home to Reading on October 30 (KO 18:00).
Line-ups and stats:
Manchester City: K. Bardsley (GK); L. Bronze, J. Beattie, S. Houghton (C), D. Stokes, J. Scott, I. Christiansen, T. Duggan (Middag 84’), K. Walsh (Corboz 90’), J. Ross, N. Parris (Asllani 72’).
Substitutes: M. Hourihan, K. Asllani, T. Middag, D. Corboz
Yellow cards: L. Bronze (27’)
Goals: Katie Chapman (og) (34’), Toni Duggan (50’)
Chelsea: R. Spencer (GK); H. Blundell (Borges 56’), M. Bright, G. Flaherty, N. Fahey, G. Davison, K. Carney, E. Aluko (England 70’), Ji (Spence 80’), K. Chapman (C), J. Bailey.
Substitutes: H. Lindahl, F. Kirby, B. England, A. Borges, D. Spence, L. Rafferty.
Yellow cards: K. Chapham (25’), A. Borges (65’)
Referee: Sarah Garrett
Player of the match: Jill Scott
Half-time: Man City 1-0 Chelsea
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