Women's Super League 1
Chelsea Ladies6Liverpool Ladies3

Chelsea Ladies 6-3 Liverpool Ladies

Chelsea Ladies
Fran Kirby (far left) has netted four times in Chelsea Ladies' last three matches

Chelsea Ladies won a nine-goal thriller at home to Liverpool Ladies to maintain their 100% winning start to the Women's Super League One season.

After Katie Zelem's first-minute opener for Liverpool, goals from Karen Carney, Fran Kirby, Drew Spence and Eniola Aluko put Chelsea 4-1 up at half-time.

Caroline Weir and Emma Lundh's second-half strikes gave the visitors hope.

But Kirby and Spence both added goals to restore the three-goal lead and keep pressure on leaders Manchester City.

Zelem, who netted twice in Liverpool's 3-2 loss at Notts County last time out, stunned the defending champions with a fine strike from range in the early stages.

But the floodgates opened after England winger Carney rounded the goalkeeper to level and the scoreline could have been bigger as Carney struck the crossbar with a free-kick late on.

Chelsea - who won 2-1 at Liverpool in their previous match - remain second, three points behind first-placed City, who have played a game more.

Emma Hayes' side face Arsenal in the Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday, looking to defend the trophy they won for the first time last season.

Chelsea Ladies midfielder Drew Spence: "It was a bit like a basketball match, the way the goals were going in for both sides. I was pleased with my two goals.

"But we're disappointed we didn't manage the game better after coming from behind to go 4-1 in front by half-time. We've got to learn how to not concede before we turn on the gas.

"That's something for us to work on in training this week in the build up to the FA Cup final.

"We beat Arsenal 2-0 in the league recently but we can't have any complacency because of that, it's going to be a tough game."

Liverpool Ladies midfielder Caroline Weir: "Scoring three goals is fine, but if you concede six you can't expect anything out of a game.

"We made too many defensive errors and that's just not good enough against a team as good as Chelsea.

"This is a tough place to come, but it was so disappointing for us after making a great start with a brilliant goal by Katie Zelem.

"We conceded some poor goals after taking the lead, and going in at half-time 4-1 down we knew that wasn't good enough."

Line-ups

Chelsea Ladies

  • 1Lindahl
  • 3Blundell
  • 4Bright
  • 5Flaherty
  • 11Rafferty
  • 24SpenceBooked at 90mins
  • 17Chapman
  • 9AlukoSubstituted forDavisonat 66'minutes
  • 10JiSubstituted forBorgesat 74'minutes
  • 8Carney
  • 14KirbySubstituted forEnglandat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Davison
  • 12Spencer
  • 15England
  • 16Borges
  • 25Bailey
  • 26Rafferty

Liverpool Ladies

  • 1Chamberlain
  • 7Longhurst
  • 5Bonner
  • 4van den BergBooked at 90mins
  • 22GreenwoodSubstituted forLundhat 55'minutes
  • 13WhiteSubstituted forHodsonat 71'minutes
  • 6Ingle
  • 20Zelem
  • 11Van de Sanden
  • 10Weir
  • 40HardingSubstituted forPachecoat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Lundh
  • 12Gibbons
  • 21Green
  • 33Pacheco
  • 36Hodson
  • 44Murray
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
2,406

Match Stats

Home TeamChelsea LadiesAway TeamLiverpool Ladies
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home30
Away11
Shots on Target
Home15
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea Ladies 6, Liverpool Ladies 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea Ladies 6, Liverpool Ladies 3.

Booking

Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies).

Katie Zelem (Liverpool Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Mandy van den Berg (Liverpool Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ana Borges (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mandy van den Berg (Liverpool Ladies).

Corner, Liverpool Ladies. Conceded by Gilly Flaherty.

Attempt missed. Bethany England (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gemma Davison.

Attempt blocked. Emma Lundh (Liverpool Ladies) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Liverpool Ladies. Conceded by Gemma Davison.

Attempt blocked. Shanice Van de Sanden (Liverpool Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Liverpool Ladies. Conceded by Claire Rafferty.

Attempt saved. Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Karen Carney.

Attempt missed. Bethany England (Chelsea Ladies) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Karen Carney with a cross following a set piece situation.

Hannah Blundell (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Katie Zelem (Liverpool Ladies).

Attempt missed. Bethany England (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gemma Davison.

Attempt missed. Bethany England (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hannah Blundell.

Attempt missed. Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Drew Spence following a set piece situation.

Karen Carney (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Shanice Van de Sanden (Liverpool Ladies).

Offside, Chelsea Ladies. Karen Carney tries a through ball, but Katie Chapman is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Bethany England replaces Francesca Kirby.

Ana Borges (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gemma Bonner (Liverpool Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Ana Borges replaces Ji So-Yun.

Attempt saved. Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Karen Carney (Chelsea Ladies) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gemma Bonner (Liverpool Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Ladies. Ashley Hodson replaces Rosie White.

Foul by Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies).

Gemma Bonner (Liverpool Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea Ladies 6, Liverpool Ladies 3. Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Gemma Davison replaces Eniola Aluko.

Foul by Eniola Aluko (Chelsea Ladies).

Katie Zelem (Liverpool Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women55001301315
2Chelsea Ladies4400145912
3Arsenal Women521256-17
4B'ham City Ladies521234-17
5Notts County Ladies411256-14
6Liverpool Ladies5113913-44
7Sunderland Ladies403146-23
8Reading Women503269-33
9Doncaster Rovers Belles3003212-100
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