Chelsea go to Reading for the last game of the season this Saturday (May 27) with one hand on the Women’s Super League trophy. The Blues top the league and if Emma Hayes’ team beat The Royals at the Madejski Stadium they will become champions for a record-breaking fourth time on the trot. Manchester United
Chelsea go to Reading for the last game of the season this Saturday (May 27) with one hand on the Women’s Super League trophy.
The Blues top the league and if Emma Hayes’ team beat The Royals at the Madejski Stadium they will become champions for a record-breaking fourth time on the trot.
Manchester United have to win away from home against Liverpool and hope that Chelsea drop points to turn the tables on their rivals.
The Blues are in the driving seat – as they were against Arsenal at Kingsmeadow today (Sunday) securing a 2-0 win against Jonas Eidevall’s team. It was sweet revenge after their disappointing defeat against them in the Conti Cup in March.
Today’s match was the last home game of the season and a tearful farewell for captain and defender Magda Eriksson and her partner attacking midfielder Pernille Harder who are both leaving the club after their contracts expire this summer.
At the end of the game they thanked Emma Hayes (pictured below), staff and their fellow teammates and did a lap round the ground with them to acknowledge the sell-out, flag-waving crowd (pictured above and left).
“Another amazing atmosphere at Kingsmeadow, thank you so much,” said an emotional Magda who is a firm favourite with the Chelsea faithful, while Pernille said the fans were unbelievable and they would really miss them.
Magda, at the club for six years, and a captain for three of them, nearly raised the roof of the Kingston stadium with her 42nd minute goal after Sam Kerr’s header down bounced across the goal into her path. It meant that Chelsea went in at half-time two goals to the good after Guro Reiten’s sliding opener on 23 minutes.
Chelsea saw out the match in the second half, with Arsenal coming close on a number of occasions – no more so than a missed penalty by Gunners’ captain Katie McCabe after Blues midfielder Sophie Ingle was deemed to have handled the ball in the box.
However luck was on Chelsea’s side and McCabe hit wide after sending Ann-Katrin Berger, the busiest goalie who pulled off some excellent saves, the wrong way.
Blues fans will hope that luck will stay with them as they head down the M3 this weekend.