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Manchester City defeat Birmingham City to keep title hopes alive into the final day

Manchester City have kept their Barclays FA Women’s Super League title hopes going until the final day of the season by beating Birmingham City 4-0 at The Academy Stadium this afternoon.

Chloe Kelly netted a brace while there were also goals for Esme Morgan and Sam Mewis as Gareth Taylor’s side climbed into top spot having played a game more than title rivals Chelsea. Manchester City’s win was soured by a nasty knee injury to forward Kelly in the second half.

Kelly’s close range finish gave Manchester City an early lead before the same player tap in both hers and her side’s second goal midway through the first half after being teed up by Ellen White.

Lucy Bronze and Georgia Stanway both went close to adding to Manchester City’s lead early in the second half before Taylor’s side were awarded a penalty when Rebecca Holloway caught Kelly, the home player going down in agony holding her knee. A lengthy delay followed before Kelly left the field on a stretcher.

When the penalty was eventually taken, Caroline Weir saw her effort superbly saved by Birmingham City keeper Hannah Hampton.

Manchester City would add to their lead with two goals in the last five minutes. First, defender Morgan scored from close range after being played in by Lauren Hemp before substitute Sam Mewis clinically netted a fourth goal at the death.

Taylor’s side go a point clear at the top of the table, although Chelsea have an additional game remaining. Manchester City travel to West Ham United for their final game while Chelsea must travel to Tottenham Hotspur before hosting Reading.

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