The FA Women’s Super League title goes down to the wire in Sunday’s final round of games. Both Chelsea Ladies and Manchester City Women can be crowned champions at the end of what promises to be an exciting evening’s action. Chelsea, who top the table by two points, just need to beat Sunderland Ladies to make up for last season’s disappointment when they finished runners-up behind Liverpool on goal difference. However, it becomes interesting if Chelsea fail to win. A City win and a Chelsea loss means City claim the title. If Chelsea draw, then City would need to win by more than three goals to overhaul them. Should the two teams finish level on points, goal difference and goals scored, there would need to be a play-off to decide the champions. Here Jill Scott, City’s England midfielder, tries to keep calm as she considers the permutations.
We couldn’t ask for a more exciting finish to the season. We know it isn’t in our hands. We’ve got to just concentrate on ourselves, take care of our result and then see what happens at the end of the game. But football’s a funny game sometimes, isn’t it? We can only go out there and give it our all.
First and foremost we’ll try to win the game. If you go into game knowing that you need to win 3-0 or 4-0 sometimes it can take your focus off actually winning the game. That is the first task.
We know Notts County are a good team and we only drew with them last time. But if it goes our way then we’ll try to add the goals we need.
I don’t expect to be receiving updates about what’s happening at Chelsea from the bench. Nick Cushing is the kind of manager who just focuses on the task in hand and doesn’t want to waste any energy elsewhere. But I’m sure the crowd will let us know the score from the other game as the evening wears on!
It’s great that it’s come down to the last game again. It’s exciting for the fans and for the league. We’ve said all along we want to make this league as competitive as possible and this is two seasons running that the title has gone down to the last day.
Obviously we would have loved to have been in the driving seat and had it under our control. But if you’d said after the break that we’d be battling for first and have the chance of Champions League football, I’m sure we would have taken it.
We’ve got to be proud of what we’ve achieved, especially in the second half of the season, and we’ve got to try and carry that on on Sunday.
Of course, I am hoping that my former club Sunderland can do us a favour and beat Chelsea. They did it before, didn’t they? Sunderland beat them 4-0 at home so it’ll definitely be a tough game for Chelsea.
Losing our top scorer Toni Duggan to injury has been a big loss for us. She was on fire before then. I think she had about 12 goals in as many games. But we’ve got players who can come in and do a job as we’ve seen in the last few games. We’ve managed to play without her and that’s a credit to the players who’ve come in off the bench.
It’s important to have experienced players. Rather than just England internationals, we’ve got Scottish and Welsh, too. But at the same time the young players are learning and bringing the enthusiasm to this club that we need. So I’m sure everyone will have a level head going into the game and put in a professional performance.
I don’t think our defeat at Arsenal in the quarter-final of the Continental Cup on Thursday night will affect us. Obviously we wanted to go there and win and regain the trophy. That was our aim and we’d be lying if we said otherwise.
But I know as a group of players we’ll move on quickly and our focus will switch to Sunday. It’s our last game of the season and we’ll give it our all.
Watch all the action from the conclusion of the FA WSL title race live on BT Sport 1 from 5.30pm on Sunday, October 4: leaders Chelsea Ladies v Sunderland Ladies, and second-placed Manchester City Women v Notts County Ladies, both kick off at 6pm.
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This article is by Jill Scott, with additional reporting by Ted Thompson and Joe Gleave.
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