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Chelsea will go into the last day of the season with matters in their hands in the title race after both contenders recorded victories this week.
With Emma Hayes' side on Champions League duty on Sunday, Manchester City went top of the table with a 4-0 victory against Birmingham City. Chloe Kelly scored twice inside the opening quarter of the game, before Esme Morgan and Sam Mewis crowned the win with further goals late on. However, the result was marred for City as they lost Kelly during the second half with a knee ligament injury which will leave the striker out for several months.
The onus was on Chelsea to win at Tottenham Hotspur to regain the leadership and they duly did so, with a 2-0 success. The goals of Sam Kerr have become increasingly important to the Blues as the season has progressed and the Australian striker scored twice, either side of half time, to complete a perfect week for her side. Victory at home to Reading FC Women on Sunday would clinch another title for Chelsea, whilst Manchester City will be away to West Ham Utd.
Arsenal have all but secured third place, thanks to a hard earned 2-1 win away to Everton. Katie McCabe put the Gunners in front midway through the first half, but Megan Finnigan looked to have earned Everton a share of the spoils when she equalised sixteen minutes from time. However in injury time, Kim Little scored from the penalty spot to give Arsenal a win which means that only a virtually impossible swing in goal difference can keep them out of the top three.
Manchester Utd are the team which are chasing them and they kept those slim hopes alive by winning 1-0 at Bristol City, who will be hoping for a turn of fortunes themselves on the final day. An own goal from the unfortunate Yana Daniels, twelve minutes from time, has left City needing to win their last match to stand any chance of survival.
Reading FC Women meanwhile moved back into the top half as they defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2. Fara Williams, in her final home match for the Royals, gave them a first half lead from the penalty spot but in a remarkable three minute spell before the break, Danielle Carter made it two but Lee Geum-Min netted twice for the Seagulls to bring them level. Natasha Harding put Reading back in front ten minutes after the restart and this time they held on for their fifth win of the season.
West Ham Utd and Aston Villa fought out a goalless draw which means that the Hammers can now breathe easy but Villa effectively need a point to be sure of staying up.
Photo - Bristol City striker Ebony Salmon is pursued by Kirsty Hanson of Manchester Utd (Will Cheshire).
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