Reading ended their Women’s Super League campaign with a disappointing 5-0 defeat to newly crowned champions Chelsea on Sunday.

Former Royal starlet and Reading born Fran Kirby inspired the Blues to their second consecutive WSL title with two goals and an assist.

Melanie Leupolz opened the scoring with the fastest league goal of the season after only a minute and eight seconds played when the midfielder powered in an effort past Grace Moloney.

After a fast start, Emma Hayes side were not messing around with victory needed to secure the day would end in a trophy lift at Kingsmeadow.

Chelsea continued to dominate the first half with Royals defender, Kristine Leine called into defensive action from multiple set pieces.

With 44 minutes on the clock, Kirby made it 2-0 as she swept in a Sam Kerr cross. The England international has become a world superstar since leaving her childhood club in 2015.

As well as Chelsea’s title win grabbing the headlines, it was a final game for both Angharad James and Fara Williams in Royal colours.

James will head to North Caroline Courage after two years with the club while Williams confirmed her retirement after a hugely successful spell at the top of the women’s game.

It was Williams who had the best chance for Kelly Chambers’ side on 51 minutes when her shot was clawed off the line by Golden Glove winner Ann-Katrin Berger.

Half time substitute Brooke Chaplen broke free before being tackled by Magdalena Eriksson as Chelsea were on track to let nothing scupper their title party.

Immediately after this, Fran Kirby made it 3-0 as the striker expertly found the top corner from the edge of the box.

Grace Moloney was called into action to deny Australian Sam Kerr as Chelsea showed their depth with an array of world class stars off the bench.

It was Golden Boot winner, Kerr who made it four with a volleyed effort from a looped Kirby cross for her 21st goal of the season.

On 76 minutes, it was five when Erin Cuthbert bundled home. An initial shot from Kerr was well saved by Moloney but Cuthbert was left with the easiest of chances to start the celebrations.

Congratulations go to Fran Kirby and Chelsea as Reading finished 7th in the Women’s Super League with Brighton & Hove Albion leapfrogging the Royals into the top half on the final day.

Reading: Moloney, Leine, Bartrip, Cooper, Roberts (Eikeland 79), Harding, Rowe, James, Williams, Carter, Harries (Chaplen 46).

Subs (Unused): Nayler, Childerhouse, Flores, Jeon.