WSL 1 - Week 13 Round-up: Manchester City edge closer to the title
Manchester City celebrate Jane Ross' winner against Arsenal | Photo: Official Manchester City website

WSL 1 - Week 13 Round-up: Manchester City edge closer to the title

Both Manchester City and Chelsea recorded victories on Sunday as the league leaders chase for the title.

Emily Magee

With only two fixtures in the WSL 1 this weekend, the action saw the top three teams battle it out for three points. Manchester City moved one step closer to the Women Super League one title with a narrow victory over fellow title chasers Arsenal and Chelsea took all three points away to Reading Women.

Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City 

The two WSL 1 high flyers met for the second time in a week on Sunday afternoon - after Arsenal lost 1-0 to the same opponents in the semi-final of the Continental Cup Final - and the Manchester side took all three points once again at Meadow park to keep second-placed Chelsea at bay.

Nick Cushing's side sit seven points clear of the Blues with two games to play and Jane Ross' winner keeps City's focus firmly on the title.

It was a cagey first 45 minutes for both teams, with few chances to separate the sides. Arsenal's only clear cut scoring opportunity in the first half came courtesy of Jordan Nobbs' powerful volley, which Karen Bardsley could only tip over the bar.

City took the lead early in to the second half, England captain Steph Houghton's free kick deflected off the head of Jane Ross and flew in to the top corner, much to Arsenal's dismay.

Three points for the league leaders means they gain automatic qualification for the Champions League in 2017-18 and will be crowned champions even if they lose to Chelsea and beat Birmingham City on 30th October.

Katie Chapman celebrates her opener for Chelsea | Photo: Getty Images
Katie Chapman celebrates her opener for Chelsea | Photo: Getty Images

Reading 0-3 Chelsea

Chelsea kept the pressure firmly on the league leaders with a convincing victory over the resilient Royals at Adams Park on Sunday.

Emma Hayes' side may be aware that Manchester City are one win away from the Women's Super League title but her team were determined to keep their title hopes alive with a 3-0 victory over winless Reading.

After a frustrating first half for both teams, the Blues took the lead in the 53rd minute through Katie Chapman. Chelsea won a free-kick ten minutes into the second half after Eni Aluko was adjudged to have been fouled and Karen Carney's resulting set piece was nodded home by the captain.

Chelsea sealed the deal in injury time with a delightful left-footed strike from Gemma Davison and a late finish from Ana Borges left Mary Earps a frustrated figure in the Reading goal.

The result leaves Reading sitting second from the bottom of the table, lying six points above last-placed Doncaster Rovers Belles and Chelsea, who have now also qualified for next years Champions League, must win at City in two weeks to have any hope of claiming the title.