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The FA Women's Championship season came to a close on Sunday in entertaining fashion, with the five matches producing a total of 22 goals.
Leicester City have had a tremendous season and this was crowned with a 4-0 victory over Charlton Athletic at the King Power Stadium, followed by the presentation of the trophy. Natasha Flint opened the scoring midway through the first half and Hannah Cain added a double ahead of the break, before a Shauna Vassell own goal made it four with five minutes remaining. The win means that Leicester reached the 50-point barrier in their final match and have won the title by a margin of eight points.
Durham Women took the runners-up spot as they powered to a 7-1 win against Coventry Utd. Kathryn Hill and Molly Sharpe put the Wildcats two ahead inside the opening six minutes, Destiney Toussaint reducing the arrears moments afterwards, with Beth Hepple contributing a brace before half time. Bridget Galloway removed any hopes of a Coventry fightback on the hour and Durham went on to finish off the best season in their history to date with further goals from Ali Johnson and Abby Holmes.
Liverpool finish the campaign in third place after a second half comeback saw them held to a 2-2 draw by mid-table London City Lionesses. The Reds needed a victory to stand any chance of a top two place and they went into a two-goal lead, Becky Jane and Amy Rodgers scoring either side of half time. The Lionesses did not give up though and after Harley Bennett gave them hope by pulling a goal back, Lily Agg earned them a share of the spoils as she headed in the the equaliser, nine minutes from time.
A late, late goal saw Sheffield Utd end their season on a winning note, 2-1 away to Blackburn Rovers. After United goalkeeper Fran Kitching had saved an early penalty from Elise Hughes - her second spot kick save in successive weeks - Katie Wilkinson confirmed herself as the Championship's top goalscorer by giving the Blades an eleventh minute lead with her seventeenth league goal of the campaign. Blackburn hit back after the break, Aimee Hodgson firing in the equaliser ten minutes into the second half and this looked to be enough to give them a point until Jade Pennock headed in an injury time winner for Neil Redfearn's side.
Crystal Palace meanwhile lifted themselves into a mid-table position as they won 2-1 against fifth placed Lewes. Amber Gaylor put Dean Davenport's side in front just ahead of half time, with the Rookettes battling back after the break and levelling the scores through Danielle Lane, five minutes after the restart. With four minutes remaining, Lewes were unable to clear a corner and Lizzie Waldie was on hand to tuck the ball home for the winning goal for Palace.
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