Chelsea Ladies defeated routed Sunderland, 4-0 on Sunday afternoon to wrap up their first FAWSL title a year after being denied on the final match day. Fran Kirby scored twice while Ji So Yun and Gemma Davison also scored in front of 2,710 at Wheatsheaf Park that included men’s captain John Terry..
Needing a win to assure the title, Chelsea went ahead on Ji’s goal in the 7th minute. But it wasn’t until Kirby, who joined the club following the World Cup, scored in the 56th and 62nd to ice it away. Emma Hayes’s side finish the 2015 campaign on 32 points having won their 10th match of the season against two losses with two draws. The FASWL title completed the domestic double. Ji also hit the match-winner in the FA Cup final over Notts County in August.
Manchester City finished second after a 2-1 win over Notts. They had hoped for a Sunderland upset over Chelsea which would have allowed them to steal the title but instead settle for second and a 2016-2017 Champions League berth. Isobel Christiansen scored the decisive goal just before halftime against a conservative Notts side that rolled out five defenders.
Arsenal Ladies needed lopsided results to overtake Man City for the second Champions League berth but settled for third after a 1-0 victory over Birmingham City. In the other match, Bristol Academy won just their second match of the season, taking down Liverpool 4-2 in Matt Beard’s final match as coach before leaving Liverpool for the Boston Breakers. The win was not enough to save Brisol from relegation to FAWSL 2.
Liverpool and Chelsea, one-two finishers last season, have Round of 32 Champions League matches this week.
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