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Summary

  1. FT: Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland
  2. Chelsea take huge step towards title with after Man City's loss earlier in day
  3. Chelsea six points clear with two games remaining
  4. Sunderland suffer seventh consecutive league defeat

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Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland

A late goal from Keira Ramshaw wasn't enough for travelling Sunderland, with Chelsea earning all three points.

Goals from Fran Kirby and Eniola Aluko sealed the win for the home side, and gave retiring Katie Chapman a perfect send off for her final home game.

GOAL - Keira Ramshaw

Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland

The away side aren't beaten yet!

Ramshaw shrugs off her earlier missed opportunity and with the help of the inside of the post she's able to pull one back for her side.

Although, it might have come a little too late...

Ramshaw adds consolation for Sunderland

GOAL - Aluko makes it two

Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland

And that's the second from the Blues.

Jonna Andersson's cross is deflected into the path of Eniola Aluko and she takes her chance from close range.

Is there any way back for the away side?

Aluko doubles Chelsea's lead

GOAL - Fran Kirby

Chelsea 1-0 Sunderland

Chelsea break the deadlock just before half-time!

Gemma Davison drills the ball in from the right and Kirby's strike deflects off the Sunderland defender and bounces over the keeper.

That's her 25th goal of the season.

Kirby opens scoring for Chelsea

Guard of honour for Chapman

Chelsea Ladies captain Katie Chapman is welcomed onto the pitch with a guard of honour, as she plans to retire at the end of this season.

It's the 35-year-old's last home game as a professional footballer after a 22-year playing career.

Chapman, who won the FA Cup for a record 10th time earlier this month, began her career with Millwall in 1996 and went on to win 94 international caps.

She represented England at two World Cups and three European Championships, and was part of the squads which were beaten finalists at Euro 2009 and finished third at the World Cup in 2015.

Chapman joined the Blues from Arsenal in 2014 and is now set to take up an ambassadorial role with the club.

Guard of honour for Chapman's last home tie

Recent form

Following the disappointment of defeat to Wolfsburg in the Champions League semi-finals a fortnight ago, Chelsea Ladies have been able to bounce back in fine fashion.

A brace from Ramona Bachmann and a third from Fran Kirby helped the Blues to their second Women’s FA Cup title as they beat local rivals Arsenal 3-1 at Wembley last weekend.They followed this up midweek with a 2-1 league victory over Birmingham City Ladies, Kirby again and a late winner from Erin Cuthbert providing the goals.

Meanwhile, Sunderland Ladies are looking to end a run of six league games without a win after a 2-0 loss to Reading in their last outing.

Goals from Fara Williams and Rachel Furness were enough to condemn Sunderland to their fourth consecutive defeat, despite Reading having to complete the last 15 minutes with 10 women after goalkeeper Mary Earps was shown a red card.

Arsenal Women 1-3 Cheslea Ladies: Bachmann brace wins Chelsea FA Cup

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Get Inspired: How to get into women's football

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With 1.4 million women and girls playing football, there's no doubt that it's the nation's most popular female-team participation sport.

Around the UK there are schemes designed to help girls get into football - from grassroots to the professional game - as well as routes into coaching.

Each Football Association across the UK (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England) has information specifically to encourage women to play. You can also find out how to get into football with Get Inspired's guide here.

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