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Chelsea 4-2 Man Utd: Chelsea win historic third successive WSL title

By Emma SandersBBC Sport at Kingsmeadow
Sam Kerr
Sam Kerr won the Golden Boot after scoring 20 goals this season

Chelsea won a historic third successive Women's Super League title in dramatic fashion on the final day of the season with victory over Manchester United.

Sam Kerr scored two stunning volleys in the second half as Chelsea came from behind in a six-goal thriller.

The Blues, who win the league by a point over second-placed Arsenal, knew victory would give them the title.

Manchester United led 2-1 at half-time before Kerr's double and a Guro Reiten strike at Kingsmeadow.

Arsenal won 2-0 at West Ham but had to settle for finishing as runners-up.

It is the first time in WSL history that a club has won the title in three successive seasons and Emma Hayes' side can make it a domestic double with victory over Manchester City in next Sunday's FA Cup final at Wembley.

Manchester United finish the season in fourth place and miss out on qualification for next year's Champions League - although Manchester City's 4-0 win at Reading meant a United victory would not have been enough.

Fans were on their feet at full-time and sang "Champions of England, we know who we are" on a joyous day which concludes one of the most thrilling WSL seasons since its introduction.

'That's why we're champions'

It promised to be a dramatic day at Kingsmeadow and that is exactly how it turned out.

Chelsea fans poured into the ground with flags and banners. They were in carnival voice before kick-off.

But Manchester United's rapid start threatened to ruin that and there were ripples of tension throughout the crowd when Martha Thomas' header put the visitors in front.

Erin Cuthbert's powerful equaliser quickly lifted the mood again, while news came through of Manchester City breaking the deadlock at Reading which came as a double blow to the travelling United fans.

"That's why we're champions", sang the Chelsea supporters in response but United were keen to spoil the party and England international Ella Toone's deflected strike once again put them in front.

But Chelsea were not giving up the title that easily. They scored two goals in five minutes in the second half - the first a sensational volley from Kerr on the rebound.

Reiten put Chelsea in the lead for the first time when she drilled it into the bottom corner following a sublime through-ball from substitute Ji So-yun, playing in her last WSL game for the Blues.

Chelsea fans were already celebrating - despite title rivals Arsenal taking a second-half lead over West Ham on the other side of London - and Kerr stole the show with a sensational volley from 30 yards out which dipped over goalkeeper Mary Earps to make it 4-2.

Ji came close to capping off a hugely successful Chelsea career with a goal when her powerful shot was blocked late on, while home fans serenaded Pernille Harder as she walked around the pitch after being substituted.

The fans chanted "Chelsea, champions" for the remaining minutes and left Kingsmeadow - and London - in blue.

Hayes continues trophy-laden career

Sam Kerr celebrates with Emma Hayes
Emma Hayes celebrated with Sam Kerr after the match

Chelsea have dominated English women's football in recent seasons with Hayes having now clocked up six WSL titles during her time in charge.

The Blues boss, who won Fifa coach of the year in January, led the team to their first WSL trophy in 2015 and this was Chelsea's fifth success in six years.

Rivals Arsenal finish the season without a trophy for the third year in a row.

Hayes, who celebrated with her players after Kerr's stunning second goal, must now prepare for the FA Cup final where they meet Manchester City in a domestic cup final for the first time.

But first, Hayes will celebrate this latest victory with her family, while it provides the perfect send-off for departing trio Ji, Drew Spence and Jonna Andersson - who have all played their role in another Chelsea title-winning campaign.

Line-ups

Chelsea Women

Formation 3-4-3

  • 30Berger
  • 7Carter
  • 4Bright
  • 16Eriksson
  • 21CharlesSubstituted forNouwenat 59'minutes
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 5IngleSubstituted forEnglandat 45'minutes
  • 25AnderssonSubstituted forJiat 45'minutes
  • 23HarderSubstituted forFlemingat 77'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 20KerrSubstituted forSpenceat 90+3'minutes
  • 11Reiten

Substitutes

  • 1Musovic
  • 3Nouwen
  • 9England
  • 10Ji
  • 17Fleming
  • 18Mjelde
  • 19James
  • 24Spence
  • 27Abdullina

Man Utd Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Earps
  • 17Batlle
  • 12LaddBooked at 11mins
  • 3Thorisdóttir
  • 6Blundell
  • 14GroenenSubstituted forBruunat 81'minutes
  • 10Zelem
  • 9ThomasSubstituted forRisaat 76'minutes
  • 7Toone
  • 11GaltonSubstituted forHansonat 65'minutes
  • 23Russo

Substitutes

  • 2Harris
  • 4Moore
  • 8Risa
  • 13Fuso
  • 15Caldwell
  • 16Bruun
  • 18Hanson
  • 20Smith
  • 32Baggaley
Referee:
Abigail Byrne
Attendance:
4,378

Match Stats

Home TeamChelsea WomenAway TeamMan Utd Women
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea Women 4, Manchester United Women 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea Women 4, Manchester United Women 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Drew Spence replaces Sam Kerr.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Vilde Risa.

  5. Post update

    Vilde Risa (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Bethany England (Chelsea Women).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Maria Thorisdóttir.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Signe Bruun (Manchester United Women) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kirsty Hanson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ji So-Yun (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Guro Reiten with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Maria Thorisdóttir.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Kerr (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United Women. Signe Bruun replaces Jackie Groenen.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.

  14. Booking

    Jessie Fleming (Chelsea Women) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Jackie Groenen (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women).

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ji So-Yun (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Guro Reiten following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Hannah Blundell (Manchester United Women).

  20. Post update

    Sam Kerr (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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