Liverpool Ladies have won the Womens Super League on a dramatic final day of the season.
The Reds did their job by beating Bristol Academy 3-0 in Widnes, and news subsequently filtered through that Chelsea Ladies and Birmingham City had both dropped points - confirming that the championship would be staying on Merseyside.
"I'm absolutely delighted," Reds coach Matt Beard declared. "I thought we would win the game and the results went for us, and I'm just so immensely proud of this group of players.
"We had such a tough game in the Champions League on Wednesday night and I'm so proud of the players, and all of my staff as well because they deserve a lot of credit. This is the toughest thing to do, to defend your title - now we have done it I am just so proud.
"At the start of the season we lost Nicole Rolser and Lucy Staniforth and then had a spell when we had eight players out injured and I didn't expect us to win it again. All we kept focusing on was making sure we got into the top two to qualify for the Champions League. So to win it is an unbelievable achievement."
The boss was keen to express his sincere gratitude to the fans who again roared the team on.
"They have been fantastic all season," commented Beard. "They have travelled home and away and they give the players a lift, especially today because they were a bit tired after the Champions League game."
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