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Sunday, 13 May, 2001, 18:32 GMT 19:32 UK
Liverpool ladies relegated
Jayne Ludlow claimed her 19th league goal for Arsenal
Jayne Ludlow claimed her 19th league goal for Arsenal
By BBC Sport Online's Tony Leighton

Liverpool will swap places with Northern Division champions Leeds United in the Women's Premier League top flight following confirmation of the Merseysiders' relegation.

A 4-2 home defeat by Southampton means that Liverpool are still without a single point and cannot now catch the third from bottom Saints.

Saints' victory leaves them needing just one point from their last two matches to retain their National Division status and sentence Millwall Lionesses to relegation.

Stepping up to the National Division from the Southern Division will be either Brighton or Chelsea, whose battle at the top of the table could continue until the final day of the season.

Brighton are currently four points clear, but both teams have three games left - and they have to play each other in the last match.

Liverpool 2-4 Southampton Saints

Saints' win over Liverpool saw Gemma Ritchie score in the early stages of each half.

After Lindsey Johnson had reduced the arrears Sharon Hayes restored Southampton's two-goal advantage, but Gill Hart set up a tense finish with the home side's second goal.

Becky Fry finally put Liverpool out of their misery with a last minute clincher, leaving Saints to enjoy their journey home while the Reds were contemplating life in the Northern Division.

Millwall Lionesses 0-3 Sunderland

Millwall goalkeeper Louise Cooper was sent off as the second-from-bottom Lionesses were pushed closer to the relegation trap door.

Cooper was dismissed for a handball offence outside her penalty area in the 34th minute, by which time the visitors were already two goals ahead.

Danielle Petrovic and Melanie Carr had struck Sunderland's early goals, and Lisa Langrish completed the scoring just after half-time.

Victory for the North Eastern side, who are in their first season of top-flight football, means they are safe from relegation.

Arsenal 2-1 Doncaster Belles

First half goals by Jayne Ludlow and Fay White ensured champions Arsenal finish the season unbeaten as they wrapped up their League campaign with victory over their nearest rivals.

Midfielder Ludlow hit her 19th League goal of the season and defender White netted a rare goal before Melanie Garside struck Donny's consolation effort eight minutes from time.

Apart from an early season draw with Charlton, the treble-winning Gunners have won every one of their League and Cup matches and will end the campaign at least four points clear of the second-placed Belles.

Charlton Athletic 1-1 Barry Town

Last season's champions Charlton saw their hopes of grabbing the runners-up spot disappear after two home draws in four days against teams in the bottom half of the table.

After a midweek goalless draw with Southampton, they could well have suffered defeat by Barry if goalkeeper Andrea Cowan had not saved a Trudie Williams penalty.

Williams had equalised Tara Proctor's opener from a penalty straight after half-time but, when a second spot-kick was awarded, Cowan denied the Barry striker.

Charlton now need three points from their last two matches to rob Everton of third place.

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