FA Women's Super League: 2015
A comfortable 4-0 win over Sunderland ensured Chelsea Ladies were crowned FA Women’s Super League champions for the first time in the club’s history and completed a remarkable league and FA Cup Double.
Emma Hayes’s side produced incredible levels of consistency over the course of the campaign, recording a number of impressive results – including away wins at both Arsenal and Liverpool - and held their nerve when it mattered most in the closing weeks of the season.
The Blues started the season brilliantly, taking 13 points from the opening five matches and conceding just one goal.
Eniola Aluko, who had netted the winner at home to Liverpool, then scored away at Manchester City to earn a valuable point and ensure we went into the summer break unbeaten and top of the table.
After the resumption of the campaign the team needed to overcome a tricky period as the first defeat of the season, away at Sunderland, was quickly followed by another reverse, this time at home to Manchester City.
We were soon back on track, however, with Birmingham beaten 4-0 and then Gemma Davison, who enjoyed a wonderful first season at the club, was on target in a huge 2-0 win at Arsenal.
Goals from Claire Rafferty and Gilly Flaherty secured a crucial 2-1 win at Notts County to maintain the position at the top of the table going into the final two games.
On paper, a trip to defending champions Liverpool looked extremely tricky, but a brilliant collective display was rewarded with a 4-0 win, taking the players to within touching distance of the title.
Sunderland, the team who had inflicted our first league defeat of the season, were the visitors to Staines Town for the final fixture, and over 2000 home supporters watched on as goals from Ji So-Yun, Fran Kirby (two) and Davison secured the league championship.
It was no more than the group deserved and we finished the season two points clear of second-placed Manchester City.
Having already lifted the FA Cup in July, it was a campaign that will live long in the memory.