Chelsea have been confirmed as champions of the Women’s Super League after winning 5-0 at home against Reading. This is the second trophy of the season for the team, after the Coupe de la Ligue, and yet they could end with an unprecedented quadruple.
Emma Hayes’ side face Barcelona in the Champions League final next Sunday in Gothenburg and are in the last 16 of the FA Cup, with Everton as their next opponent.
Bristol City was relegated from the WSL on the final day. They needed three points at Brighton to have any hope of survival, but Maya Le Tissier’s goal for the hosts after seven minutes paved the way for a possible 3-1 victory.
At Chelsea, Melanie Leupolz opened the scoring for the hosts against Reading, before two goals from Kirby gave the Blues a comfortable 3-0 lead before the hour mark. Further strikes from Sam Kerr and Erin Cuthbert confirmed the 18th win of the season, in just 22 games.
Manchester City beat West Ham 1-0, thanks to a goal from Ellen White, but they finished within two points of Chelsea in the final standings.
Chelsea had a hand in the title after just 70 seconds, when a half-clear corner fell to Leupolz, whose side-footed effort beat Moloney to carry it 1-0. Fran Kirby doubled his lead just before half-time with a confident high level after a neat link play with Sam Kerr, and the pair combined again for Chelsea’s third, pushed back by Kirby from the edge of the box . Kirby went on to become supplier with a superb loft pass for Kerr, who finished on the fly, before Cuthbert’s point blank finish ended a perfect day for Hayes’ team.
“It’s the best team I’ve had, it’s the best title of my time here,” said Hayes. “I can’t wait for the Champions League final next weekend. We are ready. I told them when they picked up their medals, “Do you like to win? Good. Because you still have to win next weekend.
“I know the quality and the mentality that we have. I know how amazing Barcelona are, but so do we. It’s still the biggest, because it shows you’re consistent as champions. “
Chelsea’s victory means they retained the WSL title, which was awarded to them on points per game last season after the campaign was downsized. They only lost one league game, at home to Brighton in February.
This is the fourth time in six seasons that Chelsea have finished as champions and Hayes has been responsible for all of them. Manchester City are finalists for a fourth consecutive season.