Women's Football

Coventry United pull off great escape in Women's Championship with dramatic late winner

Ali Rampling
Coventry United beat the drop on the final day of the season
Coventry United beat the drop on the final day of the season / Jacques Feeney/GettyImages

Coventry United scored a 97th minute winner to dramatically preserve their Women's Championship status, sending opponents Watford down at their expense.

Coventry were minutes away from going into liquidation in December but were saved at the 11th hour by businessman Lewis Taylor, and once again left it late in their bid to avoid the drop.

The club were handed a 10 point deduction and looked set to be relegated to the third tier, but won three of their final six league matches to give themselves a fighting chance of survival going into the final day.

Coventry faced relegation rivals Watford at Vicarage Road on the last day of the campaign, and sat two points behind the Hornets going into the fixture, knowing only a win would preserve their Championship status.

Neither side was able to break the deadlock over the course of 90 minutes, with the score 0-0 heading into second half stoppage time and Watford appearing to have done enough to keep themselves in the second tier.

But in the 97th minute, Mollie Green lashed an absolutely stunning free kick into the top corner from 30 yards out to cue scenes of absolute delirium in Hertfordshire.

There was still enough time for Watford to rattle the crossbar before the final whistle was blown, as Coventry pulled off the most remarkable of escapes.