Date: 26th September 2016 at 9:13am
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A Women’s Super League record crowd of 4,096 packed into the Academy Stadium to see Manchester City secure their first-ever league championship – taking the three points and the title from Chelsea.

An own goal from opposing captain Katie Chapman and a spot-kick from Toni Duggan meant City won their 13th league game of the season – and the clean sheet meant that they have still only conceded three times en route to the title.

“It’s been an amazing season,” Scott told the club’s official website.

“The fans have been brilliant and the girls have made so many sacrifices to make sure we won this today. What a fantastic day.”

Next up for City is the Continental Cup final against Birmingham City – and they’ll have the added comfort of playing it at their own stadium due to the way that showcase events have been awarded this year.

coring their 1st goal - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Duggan’s penalty shortly after the interval sealed the WSL1 title for Man City – Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

But the Blues will go into the game with a confidence boost following their excellent 2-1 win against Liverpool, courtesy of goals from debutante Corina Schroder and Kerys Harrop, with Katie Zelem scoring the visitors’ consolation from the penalty spot.

Notts County came from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1, with Rachel Williams and Jess Clarke both heading home after Victoria Williams gave the Lady Black Cats the lead.

An Emma Follis brace helped Reading to their first-ever WSL1 win, beating struggling Doncaster Rovers Belles 4-1. Nia Jones and Rachel Rowe also got themselves on the scoresheet, with Emily Simpkins claiming some dignity for the beaten Belles.

Yeovil stay top of WSL2 after edging past third-placed Everton 1-0 at Huish Park. Kelly Aldridge’s brilliant solo effort was enough to separate the sides and take the Lady Glovers one step closer to promotion.

But Bristol City are keeping the pressure on in second place, only on goal difference. They beat Durham 1-0 as Olivia Fergusson took advantage of a defensive mistake to score the only goal of the game.

London Bees’ good season continued as they beat Sheffield 1-0 at the Home of Football, with Jo Wilson scoring her tenth goal of the season.

Oxford United’s poor run of form continued as they lost their third game in a row, this time 1-0 to Aston Villa. Kerri Welsh scored from close range as on-loan goalkeeper Grace Moloney signed off her spell at the club with another clean sheet.

And in the battle at the bottom, Millwall Lionesses beat Watford 2-1, with Amber Gaylor and Georgie Giddings putting the hosts ahead before Ellie Mason tried to trigger a fightback just after the interval.

*Carrie Dunn is SHOOT’s Women’s Football correspondent. Her book ‘The Roar of the Lionesses: Women’s Football in England’ is out now – available in all good bookshops.*
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