Lucy Bronze’s Liverpool Ladies side have retained their FA Women’s Super League title against the odds this afternoon.
In a dramatic afternoon on the final day of the league season, Liverpool started in third place with leaders Chelsea three points ahead.
The 22-year-old from Alnwick scored her team’s second goal as the Reds did what they needed to do, beating Bristol City 3-0 at home. Their total also included goals from fellow England internationals Natasha Dowie and Fara Williams.
The table-toppers went down 2-1 at Manchester City, but even then a win for second-placed Birmingham would deny the Reds a chance to repeat last season’s heroics.
The Midlands side could only manage a 2-2 draw at home to Notts County and Liverpool may be grateful that County’s Carly Telford saved a Karen Carney penalty before the interval.
With 20 minutes to go in all three games, Liverpool were on top, but a goal in either of the other two games could have ruined their day.
But County and City held on and it means that the former Duchess’s Community High School pupil and current PFA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year has won the league title in both seasons since her move from local rivals Everton at the end of 2012.