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It has been a magnificent season for Arsenal, one which has returned them to the top of the pile after seven years away, and they crowned it with a 1-0 victory over runners-up Manchester City in their final match.
City went into the match having been beaten only once all season, by Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Women's Champions League, but they were unable to spoil Arsenal's party as, with a minute left on the clock, Emma Mitchell took possession just outside the area and powered an unstoppable shot into the top corner for the only goal of the game. The result means that the Gunners have beaten all of the other teams in the league at least once, whilst the clean sheet hands them the best defensive record as well as scoring the most goals, with Vivianne Miedema top scorer on a record 22 goals.
Chelsea won a see-saw match 3-2 away to Reading FC Women and secured a third place finish, just two points behind Manchester City. Emma Hayes' side led at the break through an early goal from Ji So-Yun but an astonishing three minute spell after the break saw Natasha Harding level the scores, Chelsea go back in front through a cross-sum-shot by Karen Carney and then, after Harding had hit the bar, Fara Williams followed up to equalise once again. Beth England then pounced on a bad back pass to score what proved to a decisive third and end Chelsea's season on a winning note.
Birmingham City have had a good campaign and it ended with a victory, 2-0 away to Yeovil Town. The home side stood firm until just before the hour mark, when they were undone by a fine strike from Charlie Wellings, who drilled home from the edge of the area. Wellings wrapped up the points for her side when she scored her second six minutes later.
The result of the day went to Brighton & Hove Albion, who ran out 4-0 winners away to West Ham Utd. A win would have seen the Hammers take a top six place, whilst Hope Powell's side had only won three times going into the game, but the Seagulls never looked back after Kayleigh Green gave them the lead midway through the first half, and Megan Connolly made it two before the break. Amanda Nilden finished off a good move for the third, with twelve minutes remaining, and Ellie Brazil rounded off her side's best result of the season in injury time.
Liverpool have finished the season well and defeated Everton 3-1 in their final match. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk headed them in front and Niamh Charles added a second, both from Christie Murray free kicks, with Abbey Leigh Stringer reducing the arrears just before half time. Both teams had chances after the break, before Amy Rodgers made the points safe for the Reds late on.
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