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Summary

  1. Chelsea beat Bristol City to win WSL 1 title
  2. Drew Spence gives Chelsea first-half lead
  3. Jonna Andersson doubles the lead late on
  4. Emma Hayes' side unbeaten in the league
  5. Assistant manager Paul Green in charge for Chelsea
  6. Get involved using #bbcfootball

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By Felix Keith

All times stated are UK

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Blue is the colour

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Job done for Chelsea, who secure the domestic double and claim their fifth trophy under the stewardship of manager Emma Hayes.

The Blues can't celebrate too much, with a trip to Liverpool on Sunday in view. The aim of completing an unbeaten league season is still in their grasp.

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'A pleasure to watch from home'

FT: Bristol City 0-2 Chelsea

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A proud Chelsea manager Emma Hayes watched on from home tonight following advice not to travel at the end of her pregnancy. She may have been at home, but she wasn't left out of the celebrations, as assistant Paul Green explained.

"I haven't spoken to Emma, but one of the girls Facetimed her during the celebrations," he said.

Green took charge in her absence and completed the job. He's now aiming to complete the domestic season unbeaten.

"We've got one game to go and we want to remain unbeaten," he added to BT Sport. "We go to Liverpool looking to make that happen."

Kirby: Champions League the next aim

FT: Bristol City 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea forward Fran Kirby has scored 25 goals this season to win the Player of the Year award.

She admits that Chelsea were off the boil this evening, but they still managed to get the job done to cap a wonderful season for her and the team.

"I wanted to come back and stay fit (this season) and that was my main goal and whatever else happened was a bonus," she told BT Sport.

"The most important thing is that we lifted that trophy. We are at a stage now where can can say the Champions League is our ambition.

"We are still behind the likes of Wolfsburg and Lyon, but we've learnt a valuable lesson and we will come back stronger."

Champagne is flowing

FT: Bristol City 0-2 Chelsea

Captain Katie Chapman and vice-captain Gilly Flaherty lift the WSL 1 trophy high into the sky.

The champagne is popped and the chants of "champions" begin. Chelsea have wrapped up the title with a game to spare, going 17 games unbeaten.

Fairytale ending for Chapman

FT: Bristol City 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea's Katie Chapman has seen it all. The midfielder has won countless trophies over her glittering career and will retire at the end of the season.

It's not a bad way to go out for the 35-year-old.

"We've performed really well this season," she told BT Sport.

"It's an easy decision to end on a high with his club. I've loved ending my career with Chelsea. It's an honour to play in a team like this with these girls.

"I'm sure we can celebrate a bit, but we've still got one more game to go (against Liverpool on Sunday.)"

Katie Chapman
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Chelsea do the double

FT: Bristol City 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea have the WSL 1 title to go with the FA Cup trophy they claimed 10 days ago against Arsenal.

It's a perfect end to an impressive domestic season for the Blues and goalscorer Drew Spence is delighted with how it played out tonight.

"We've been working all year for this," she told BT Sport.

"We had the FA Cup, but the season wouldn't have been complete without the league to go with it - I think we've deserved it.

"We had to make sure we got the last two wins to close it out."

The full-time whistle may have blown, but don't head off just yet.

We'll hear from some of Chelsea's newly-crowned champions in just a few moments' time...

FULL-TIME

Bristol City 0-2 Chelsea

Drew Spence
The FA

Chelsea are WSL 1 champions, with the win enough to seal the trophy with a game to spare. Manchester City are nine points adrift in second place with two games left.

Drew Spence's first-half header gave them the lead at the Stoke Gifford Stadium before Jonna Andersson's late strike added gloss to the score-line.

Seventh-placed Bristol City fought hard but were unable to delay the coronation.

Just Sunday's trip to Liverpool stands between the Blues and an unbeaten Super League season.

GREAT SAVE!

Bristol City 0-2 Chelsea

What a save from Bristol City's Sophie Baggaley!

Ji So-Yun hits a lovely shot from distance, but the City keeper tips it onto the crossbar.

GOAL Bristol City 0-2 Chelsea

Jonna Andersson (88 mins)

Finally Chelsea have their second goal.

Fran Kirby gets to the byline on the right-hand side and cuts the ball back across the six-yard box for Jonna Andersson to blast high into the net.

The title is surely theirs now.

SUBSTITUTION

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Right-back Hannah Blundell head to the bench, with striker Eni Aluko coming on.

Can she add to her five WSL 1 goals this season to cap it off?

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Gemma Davison shoots... and the ball ends up going out for a throw-in by the corner flag.

There's a smile on the face of the Chelsea winger though. She knows they're close to the title.

SUBSTITUTION

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Yana Daniels is replaced by Carla Humphrey for the final 10 minutes.

CLOSE!

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

A double save from Chelsea stopper Hedvig Lindahl.

Lauren Hemp tests her from range before Olivia Fergusson is there on the follow-up. The Swedish keeper is equal to both efforts though.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Another chance for Erin Cuthbert, but the Chelsea forward leans back and spoons a volley well wide off the outside of her foot.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

As close as Chelsea have come to scoring a second goal - but that's not saying much.

Gemma Davison sends in a dangerous low cross but Erin Cuthbert can't apply the finishing touch.

SUBSTITUTION

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

A second change for Bristol City as Olivia Fergusson comes on to replace Millie Farrow, who squandered City's best chances in the first half.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Substitutes Erin Cuthbert and Gemma Davison link up, but once again there's no end product for Chelsea.

SUBSTITUTION

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Gemma Davison is on for Ramona Bachmann as the Blues make another change.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Bristol City nearly threaten on the break as Millie Farrow carries forward. But her attempted pass through to Lauren Hemp is denied by the linesman's flag.

SUBSTITUTION

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Goalscorer Drew Spence is being taken off for Erin Cuthbert. A like-for-like change from Paul Green.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Bristol City send a corner kick straight into the six-yard box, but Hedvig Lindahl punches clear through the bodies and the whistle goes for a foul anyway.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

It's defence against attack now, but Chelsea are not fashioning anything clear-cut.

Creator in chief Ji So-Yun gets into the box, but delays a pass and is dispossessed.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Spence and Kerkdijk
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Bristol City doing a decent job of keeping Chelsea at bay.

Drew Spence lets fly from distance, but it's straight into the arms of on-loan Birmingham goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Ramona Bachmann threatens again with a run and cross forcing a retreating Bristol City defence into clearing, with Drew Spence lurking.

SUBSTITUTION

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Wales midfielder Charlie Estcourt comes on for Chloe Arthur for Bristol City.

A fresh pair of legs needed for the hosts.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea ramping up the pressure, with Bristol City unable to get out of their half and clear their lines.

A short corner routine sees Fran Kirby shoot from the edge of the box on the bounce to Sophie Baggaley.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Edgy start to the second period, with Chelsea giving the ball away a few times before Hannah Blundell's deep cross is easily dealt with by Bristol City.

KICK-OFF

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

And we're off. If Chelsea keep a clean sheet the WSL 1 title is theirs.

What can Bristol City summon to stop them?

Chelsea to use their bench?

HT: Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Back to the game in-hand, it's a daunting prospect for Bristol City at the break.

Willie Kirk's side face the champions-elect, knowing Paul Green can choose to bring on quality from the bench, should he want.

Will we see the likes of Gemma Davison, Erin Cuthbert or Eni Aluko tonight?

New North West football hub proposed

HT: Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Proposed site
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Elsewhere in the world of women's football, there are exciting plans to build a £70m North West football hub.

The facilities would include 3,000-capacity stadium, a hotel, two Premier League-standard pitches, three 3G pitches and a covered 3G pitch.

Super League team Everton Ladies are keen to use the site.

Read the full story here.

Hayes happy from home

HT: Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Emma Hayes
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Assistant manager Paul Green will take the half-time team talk now for Chelsea, with manager Emma Hayes at home.

Hayes has been advised against travelling as she nears the end of her pregnancy, with twins due in June.

I'm sure she'll be happy with what she's seen so far. The Blues are 45 minutes from the title.

HALF-TIME

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Drew Spence scores for Chelsea
The FA

Drew Spence's goal gives Chelsea the lead at half-time.

It has been far from plain sailing for the Blues though, with Millie Farrow having two very good openings for Bristol City.

Chelsea are on the way to the point they need to claim the WSL 1 title as it stands.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea get to the byline with a well-weighted one-two, but Bristol City block Fran Kirby's cross out for a corner, which is then cleared well.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Fran Kirby has been quiet so far and she tries to get into the game by dropping deep to get on the ball.

An improvised outside-of-the-boot shot is easily held by Sophie Baggaley.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Much better from Bristol City.

Millie Farrow finds Julie Biesmans on the edge of the box and her shot is deflected past the Chelsea goal.

GREAT SAVE!

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Millie Farrow weaves into the box following a through-ball and unleashes a strong left-footed shot, but unfortunately for her it's more or less straight at Chelsea goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.

Bristol City have now had two good chances.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Hannah Blundell gets forward well down the right again and makes her way to the byline, but Bristol City smother the cross.

Chelsea looking very dangerous through Blundell and Ramona Bachmann.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Lauren Hemp dispossesses Maren Mjelde but spurns a good opening, opting to shoot from 25 yards, rather than look for her strike partner.

Bristol City 0-1 Chelsea

Drew Spence
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Drew Spence's goal is the difference, but Bristol City have grown into the game more over the last 10 minutes.

You sense Chelsea are always dangerous though, with Ramona Bachmann in particular buzzing around looking for space to exploit between the lines.