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Women's Super League: Round-up of the weekend's action


Arsenal win the Women's Super League title

The Gunners needed three points to secure the FA WSL title and they did what was required by beating Brighton 4-0 in front of a record WSL crowd of 5,265 at the Amex Stadium. Top scorer Vivianne Miedema, who won the PFA Player of the Year award hours later, opened the scoring for Arsenal. Katie McCabe got the second before a long range strike from Beth Mead made it 3-0. Danielle van de Donk scored the fourth goal to round off the victory. Joe Montemurro's side will be determined to end on a high in their final game of the season against Manchester City but they can rest in the knowledge that they are already champions.


White double gives Birmingham victory over Liverpool

Birmingham have had an excellent season and they are currently on a run of three successive wins since they lost to Arsenal in March. Ellen White was the difference between the two sides, scoring twice in nine first-half minutes to help Birmingham move up to third in the table, above Chelsea. However, Chelsea have a game in hand and could regain third spot. Even if Birmingham finish fourth, that is an improvement on last season's fifth-placed finish. They also have seven points more than the previous campaign, showing significant signs of improvement.


Comeback wins for Manchester City and West Ham provide confidence boost before FA Cup Final

Momentum is always important, especially when your next game is a final. Both Manchester City and West Ham came from a goal down, against Yeovil Town and Bristol City respectively, to win 2-1 and get three crucial league points before they face off at Wembley.


Olivia Fergusson opened the scoring after 25 seconds to give Yeovil a shock lead. However, a penalty converted by Nikita Parris and Lauren Hemp's second half winner gave Man City victory and saw Yeovil slip to their 15th league defeat of the season.


Heather Payne gave Bristol City the lead on the hour mark but West Ham recovered thanks to Leanne Kiernan's equaliser. Jane Ross scored a 90th minute winner as the Hammers took the three points.


Manchester City will be favourites to win the FA Cup against West Ham but, as the saying goes, anything can happen. This is particularly true in one off games which will give West Ham confidence that they can cause an upset and win a trophy in their first full season as a professional club.


Everton beat Reading to earn third win of the season

It has been quite an underwhelming campaign for Everton, but they gave their fans something to cheer about by beating Reading 3-2 in just their third win of the season.


Remi Allen put Reading in front early on with a finish from close range. Everton levelled five minutes before the break when Grace Moloney's goal kick landed at the feet of Inessa Kaagman who chipped Moloney from 20 yards.


Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah, who was a thorn in Arsenal's side last weekend, put Everton ahead with a fine individual effort. Simone Magill got her side's third goal before Fara Williams pulled one back for Reading.


The Toffees finished second from bottom last season and could do the same again this term. They have talented young players and should be performing better than they have done. A full season under Willie Kirk should help Everton improve and climb up the table in the 2019-20 campaign. With Yeovil relegated, the Toffees won't have anyone to hide behind next season.

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