Manchester City Women close in on FA WSL 1 title with Arsenal win

Monday 12 Sep 2016
Manchester City celebrate their win at Arsenal in The FA WSL

Manchester City moved a step closer to lifting The FA Women’s Super League trophy after securing a hard-fought 1-0 win at Arsenal.

The Citizens only need to avoid defeat against second-placed Chelsea in two weeks to confirm the title, as the Londoners sit seven points behind with three games to play.

Jane Ross deflected in Steph Houghton’s free kick in the 51st minute, and they hung on for their 12th league win despite a wave of Arsenal attacks.

And City boss Nick Cushing insists his team will not slow down until they have the trophy in their grasp.

“The trophy's not in the dressing room just yet so let's not get ahead of ourselves. But it was a great performance from us,” he said.

“I think we've put the work in now and we will continue to put the work because the season's not over yet but we will continue to work. 

“They've put the hard performances in to get to this point where they are and just got to continue replicating that.”

Chelsea kept the pressure on as they dispatched Reading 3-0 at Adams Park, after a sublime second-half display.

Katie Chapman gave the Blues a 55th-minute lead as she headed in Karen Carney’s free-kick before Gemma Davison fired into the corner and substitute Ana Borges added a late third.

In WSL 2, London Bees staged a remarkable comeback to beat league leaders Yeovil Town 3-2, despite being two down at the break, thanks to Nikki Watts’ penalty.

Evie Clarke and Jo Wilson had brought the scores level following two Yeovil goals from Lucy Quinn.

Bristol City ramped up the pressure with a 4-1 win over Watford, while fellow promotion hopefuls Everton beat Oxford United 3-0.

Elsewhere, Durham edged past Millwall 1-0 and Sheffield beat Aston Villa 2-1.

By FA Staff