Southampton edged a nervy FA Ladies’s Nationwide League play-off to safe a spot within the FA Championship for the 2022/23 season.
Southampton edged a nervy FA Ladies’s Nationwide League play-off to emerge victorious over 10-player Wolves at Edgeley Park and safe a spot within the FA Championship for the 2022/23 season.
Sophia Pharoah scored the one aim of the competition – in a sport which noticed Wolves lowered to 10 gamers after defender Kelly Darby was proven a crimson card – to seal success for Southampton.
Pharoah’s strike proved sufficient for Saints to assert the prize of a spot within the second tier of the ladies’s soccer pyramid.
The 2 groups received their respective north and south Nationwide League titles at a canter, with Wolves triumphing 18 instances and shedding solely as soon as, whereas Saints’ youthful squad have been solely defeated as soon as of their 26 ties.
That is the primary time Southampton have reached the second tier, having solely been established formally in 2017.
Lyon have been topped Ladies’s Champions League winners for record-extending eighth time as an exciting 3-1 victory ended holders Barcelona’s reign in Turin.
Amandine Henry ignited a traditional Champions League closing inside six minutes at Juventus Stadium when she rifled in a spectacular, unstoppable long-range opener.
Lyon ran riot towards a shell-shocked Barca as Ada Hegerberg’s stooping header and Catarina Macario’s bundled effort noticed the French champions set up a commanding three-goal lead with simply 33 minutes on the clock.
Alexia Putellas’ eleventh Champions League aim of the season grabbed Barcelona an important lifeline 4 minutes earlier than the break and gave renewed hope the Catalans might come again to retain the trophy.
Issues might have been very completely different had Barca midfielder Patri Guijarro discovered the online as a substitute of rattling the crossbar with an audacious shot from the midway line early within the second half.
However Lyon’s second-half efficiency was as disciplined as their first half was impressed and ensured there was no route again for Barca, whose hopes pale when Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic side-footed huge and Irene Paredes headed over late on.