Fran Kirby's 'amazing feeling' after Sunday's WSL title win

Monday 05 Oct 2015
Chelsea's Fran Kirby with the FA WSL 1 title

England striker Fran Kirby described winning the FA WSL 1 title just two months after joining Chelsea as an "amazing" feeling.

Goals from Ji So Yun and Gemma Davison either side of Kirby’s double against Sunderland, secured the FA Women’s Super League with BT Sport title for the first time in their history, to follow up August’s landmark FA Cup final win at Wembley Stadium.

And former Reading star Kirby said: "It’s been an incredible year for me.

Chelsea players and staff pose with the FA WSL 1 title

Chelsea players and staff pose with the FA WSL 1 title after Sunday's win over Sunderland

"Coming to Chelsea half way through the season, there was a lot of pressure on me, and on all of the players as well, because we were top of the league. So to win the league is amazing.

"Every young girl looks up to you as a role model and Chelsea are one of those teams that girls will aspire to play for, so being able to score in front of all these people and on TV to show that we didn’t buckle under the pressure and dominated the game was really important for us."

Chelsea’s 4-0 win meant Manchester City had to settle for second place and qualification to the Champions League, following their 2-1 defeat of Notts County.

Rachel Williams cancelled out Nikita Parris’s opener to give City a scare, but Isobel Christiansen hit the winner.

And England star Christiansen said: "We deserve European football, and I’m sure we’re only going to get stronger after the winter. It was our aim before the kick-off and we’ve gone out and done it.

"We’re disappointed to miss out on the title but the Champions League was a target at the start of the year, and we’ve achieved that.

"While we have mixed feelings now, European football will be fantastic."

Arsenal secured third place with a 1-0 victory over Birmingham City, Natalia Pablos Sanchon heading in the game’s only goal.

Keira Walsh (left) and Steph Houghton (right) congratulate Nikita Parris on her goal against Notts County

Keira Walsh (left) and Steph Houghton (right) congratulate Nikita Parris on her goal against Notts County

And Bristol Academy bowed out of WSL 1 in style, defeating Liverpool 4-2.

Caroline Weir edged the Vixens ahead and, though a Hannah Short own goal brought the teams level, Bristol were back in front by half-time through Christie Murray.

Weir bagged her second and Bristol’s third a minute after the restart and Tatiana Pinto made the points safe before Natasha Dowie’s late consolation.

Doncaster Rovers Belles remain the WSL 2 pace-setters following their 3-0 defeat of Oxford United on Saturday night – Beth England scoring twice after Sue Smith’s opener.

But Reading remain hot on their heels after a 4-0 win at Millwall where Helen Ward helped herself to a hat-trick and turned provider for Lauren Bruton.

Everton secured an excellent 7-1 win at London Bees with Ellie Stewart opening the scoring on five minutes, before Lucy Loomes swiftly equalised.

However, goals from Jessica King, Danielle Turner and two from Michelle Hinnigan put Everton back in control by half time.

And further strikes from substitute Channy Boye-Hlorkah and Simone Magill wrapped up the scoring.

Goals from Mollie Rouse and Katie Wilkinson helped Aston Villa to a 2-1 win over Yeovil Town, who netted through Sarah Wiltshire.

And a double from Courtney Corrie, plus efforts from Jordan Atkinson and Sasha Adamson saw Durham to a 4-0 defeat of Watford.

By FA Staff