Chelsea sealed a historic fourth consecutive Barclays Women’s Super League title on the final day of the season, defeating Reading 2-0 in a result that also saw the Royals relegated from the division.
Chelsea sealed a fourth straight Barclays Women’s Super League title with a 3-0 victory over Reading on the final day of the season.
Goals from Sam Kerr and Guro Reiten put them in a commanding position at the break, and Kerr closed out the second half with a tap-in to wrap up another historic season in style.
Defeat for the Royals saw them relegated to the Barclays Women’s Championship, with Leicester City sealing survival and ending their season on a high note with a 1-0 win over Brighton.
Manchester United could have usurped Chelsea had they won and their rivals lost but were left to settle for a runners-up spot following a 1-0 victory against Liverpool.
Arsenal finished the season in third place despite suffering a 2-0 loss to Aston Villa, beating Manchester City to the third and final European spot on goal difference despite the Citizens beating Everton 3-2.
Elsewhere, West Ham and Tottenham concluded their season with a 2-2 draw.
Blues turn on the style to claim title.
Chelsea knew they had their fate in their own hands at the Select Car Leasing Stadium and were dominant from the start.
And it took less than 20 minutes for them to take the lead, Kerr heading home from Reiten’s cross before the Norwegian added a second with a sliced finish just before half time.
Emma Hayes’ side were in cruise control in the second half, with Reading unable to create too much in their quest for survival.
And any final nerves for Chelsea were ended in the 86th minute with Kerr’s second, the Australian placing the ball into an empty net after her initial strike hit the post.
There were jubilant scenes at one end of the stadium as Chelsea celebrated with their travelling support and lifted the title, though Reading now face life in the second tier.