Chelsea beat Reading 5-0 on the final day of the Women’s Super League season to win their fourth title, the most a club has ever won in the competition.
Man City came second with Arsenal third; Bristol City relegated whiles Leicester promoted from the Women’s Championship
Chelsea began the season in sensational fashion. Winning Bristol City 9-0 in their second game of the season and the biggest home win of the season.
They scored series of goals as they beat Man City 3-1 in their first WSL encounter of the season, 4-0 victories against Aston Villa and Tottenham and a 5-0 victory away to Reading.
Chelsea ended an incredible run of 33 WSL games unbeaten – it had been over two years since Chelsea’s last defeat in the league – and also halted a 10-match winning streak for the Blues in all competitions.
It was the first home defeat at Kingsmeadow since March 2019, having won all 14 games in that stretch.
But the sign of a good champion is how you bounce back from setbacks and it was certainly a brilliant response from Hayes’ side.
Chelsea won and kept clean sheets in their next six WSL games, including big wins against Bristol City and Birmingham.
One of Chelsea’s final games saw them face title rivals Man City at the Academy Stadium, which ended in a 2-2 draw after Lauren Hemp’s late equaliser.
The Blues then beat Tottenham 2-0 in their penultimate game on Wednesday evening.
Chelsea led Man City by two points heading into the final day and needed to match or better their rivals to lift the WSL trophy.
It was an emphatic win for Chelsea as they dismissed Reading 5-0 with the exact performance needed to clinch the trophy, while Man City’s 1-0 win at West Ham was academic.
Kerr also ended the season with the WSL Golden Boot, while Kirby was also joint top for assists (11) and Ann-Katrin Berger registered the most clean sheets (12), winning the Golden Glove.