Saturday 10 February 2018

REPORT: BLUES LADIES 0 CHELSEA LADIES 2

Blues Ladies were overwhelmed by title-chasing as goals in each half from Fran Kirby and Ji So-Yun secured victory for the visitors who moved top of the table in the process.

The London side were full value for their victory against Marc Skinner’s outfit, who improved markedly in the second half but to no avail.

Blues came into the game on the back of three successive wins in all competitions but an extension of that sequence was never on the cards as Chelsea impressed.

The hosts made a bright start and Emma Follis saw her 15-yard strike saved after a fine move from right to left involving Ellen White, Sarah Mayling, Kerys Harrop and Marisa Ewers.

However, it was Chelsea who broke the deadlock four minutes later on 18 minutes when the ball broke to Kirby in fortuitous fashion in the box and she slid it past Ann-Katrin Berger.

Either side of the goal Berger twice raced off her line to deny both Ramona Bachmann and Kirby in brilliant fashion when both players were through on goal but each were foiled as they tried to round the German stopper.

It should have been 2-0 on the half hour mark but Drew Spence blazed wildly over the bar from close to the penalty spot after excellent build-up between Crystal Dunn and Hannah Blundell.

The home side upped their game in the second period and White was at the forefront of it as she fired just wide of the left-hand post from the edge of the box before shooting at Hedvig Lindhal on the hour mark.

However, just as the hosts had aspirations of grabbing an equaliser, Chelsea struck again when So-Yun bent a brilliant 20-yard left-footed strike into the top corner.

The visitors then regained their authority on the game and Berger made a superb save to deny substitute Erin Cuthbert after Dunn’s defence-splitting pass from the left.

Blues will now lick their wounds before next weekend’s FA Women’s Cup last 16 tie at home to Man City.

Blues: Berger, Carter, Sargeant (P Williams 45), Mannion, Harrop ©, Mayling (Stringer 81), Ladd, Ewers, Wellings (Quinn 76), Follis, White.

Subs not used: Hampton, Westwood, Cusack, Ayisi.

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