Women's Super League: Last day of the season round-up
After 20 games and hard-fought competition, the 2018/19 Women's Super League season came to an end on Saturday. Here is a round up of the action from the final day of the WSL campaign.
Mitchell's dramatic late winner scuppers Manchester City's hope of going unbeaten
After a frantic first half between champions Arsenal and runners-up Man City, it seemed that both teams were prepared to settle for a draw when the second 45 minutes came around. However, with two minutes remaining, a ferocious strike from substitute Emma Mitchell gave the Gunners three points and ensured Man City would not end their season unbeaten. With the league already won, Arsenal could have relaxed but they wanted to win and end their superb campaign in style.
Merseyside Derby win for Liverpool
Liverpool have had a turbulent time on and off the field and have just 22 points to show for their season. They have under-achieved and will be disappointed with their campaign. Despite this, a Merseyside Derby win to end the season was just what the Reds needed. Three first half goals from Liverpool's Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Niamh Charles and Everton's Abbey-Leigh Stringer made it 2-1 to Vicky Jepsen's side at half-time. Amy Rodgers sealed the points for Liverpool with a close-range finish.
Chelsea secure third place finish with victory over Reading
By their high standards, Chelsea have had a disappointing season. The Blues dropped out of the title race early on. However, they have had to cope with the demands of the Champions League where they got to the semi-finals before losing to Lyon. Emma Hayes' side came out on top against Birmingham in the battle for third. Ji struck first for Chelsea before the score became 2-2 in the space of two minutes. Reading's Natasha Harding cancelled out Ji's strike, Karen Carney's cross went straight in and Fara Williams scored Reading's second equaliser. Beth England then scored the winner for Chelsea to end a thrilling encounter between the two sides.
Brighton thrash FA Cup finalists West Ham
Perhaps West Ham were still feeling the effects of their FA Cup final defeat at the hands of Man City, but they were uncharacteristically poor and Brighton took full advantage. The Seagulls won their fourth match of the campaign thanks to goals from Kayleigh Green, Megan Connolly, Amanda Nilden and a goal in added-time scored by Ellie Brazil. This was a great victory for Brighton and will give them confidence for their second season in the the top tier of women's football.
Yeovil's season ends with a whimper after defeat against Birmingham
The Lady Glovers lost their 17th and final WSL game with a 2-0 defeat against Birmingham. Yeovil will be playing in the Championship next term after a season of struggle in the WSL. The bottom side's only victories have come against Everton who are a place above them. Birmingham finished in fourth place and ended the season with four consecutive wins. A second-half brace from Charlie Wellings secured the victory.