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Liverpool Ladies 1-2 Chelsea Ladies

Gilly Flaherty (right)
England centre-back Gilly Flaherty (right) scored five goals in all competitions last season

Chelsea Ladies moved back to the top of Women's Super League One as they made it three wins from their first three matches by beating Liverpool.

South Korea forward Ji So-Yun put Chelsea ahead with a low first-half strike and Gilly Flaherty's header from a second-half corner made it two.

Liverpool went close through Katie Zelem and eventually pulled a deserved goal back through Caroline Weir.

But Chelsea held on to inflict a first league defeat of 2016 on Liverpool.

The defending champions had looked comfortable when Flaherty, who signed a new two-year contract earlier on Wednesday, nodded in their second.

Liverpool Ladies
A minute's applause took place before kick-off following Tuesday's Hillsborough inquests verdicts

But Chelsea goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, who had done brilliantly to deny Weir before the break, had to be withdrawn after taking a knock.

Her replacement, Rebecca Spencer, then produced a superb reaction save to keep out Niamh Charles' late effort.

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Liverpool boss Scott Rogers told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "I thought we deserved a point. I'm delighted with the performance.

"They (Chelsea) are the champions for a reason. They've probably not performed at their best but they've still managed to win the game.

"They're a top class team and we've caused them a lot of problems tonight."

Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Credit to Liverpool. I thought they deserved something from the game.

"It just showed how much work we're going to have to do, if we're to progress any further. We lacked experience in the middle of the park."

Line-ups

Liverpool Women

  • 1Chamberlain
  • 40Harding
  • 5Bonner
  • 4van den Berg
  • 33Pacheco
  • 6Ingle
  • 7LonghurstSubstituted forCharlesat 69'minutes
  • 11Van de SandenSubstituted forHodsonat 79'minutes
  • 20Zelem
  • 13White
  • 10Weir

Substitutes

  • 3Harris
  • 12Gibbons
  • 17Charles
  • 21Green
  • 36Hodson

Chelsea Women

  • 1LindahlSubstituted forSpencerat 72'minutes
  • 3Blundell
  • 4Bright
  • 5Flaherty
  • 16Borges
  • 25Bailey
  • 17ChapmanSubstituted forEnglandat 45+1'minutes
  • 7Davison
  • 10Ji
  • 9Aluko
  • 14KirbySubstituted forCarneyat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Carney
  • 11Rafferty
  • 12Spencer
  • 15England
  • 24Spence
  • 26Rafferty
Referee:
Paul Graham
Attendance:
855

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpool WomenAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool Ladies 1, Chelsea Ladies 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool Ladies 1, Chelsea Ladies 2.

Hand ball by Ashley Hodson (Liverpool Ladies).

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

Foul by Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies).

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Gemma Bonner.

Attempt missed. Rosie White (Liverpool Ladies) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Maz Pacheco.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Gemma Bonner (Liverpool Ladies) because of an injury.

Delay in match Bethany England (Chelsea Ladies) because of an injury.

Corner, Liverpool Ladies. Conceded by Rebecca Spencer.

Attempt saved. Niamh Charles (Liverpool Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Caroline Weir with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool Ladies. Conceded by Gilly Flaherty.

Offside, Liverpool Ladies. Siobhan Chamberlain tries a through ball, but Caroline Weir is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Maz Pacheco (Liverpool Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool Ladies 1, Chelsea Ladies 2. Caroline Weir (Liverpool Ladies) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Niamh Charles.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Ladies. Ashley Hodson replaces Shanice Van de Sanden.

Attempt missed. Katie Zelem (Liverpool Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Caroline Weir (Liverpool Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea Ladies).

Offside, Chelsea Ladies. Ji So-Yun tries a through ball, but Karen Carney is caught offside.

Caroline Weir (Liverpool Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bethany England (Chelsea Ladies).

Offside, Chelsea Ladies. Gemma Davison tries a through ball, but Karen Carney is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Rebecca Spencer replaces Hedvig Lindahl because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Ladies. Niamh Charles replaces Kate Longhurst.

Caroline Weir (Liverpool Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jade Bailey (Chelsea Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Karen Carney replaces Francesca Kirby.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 2. Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea Ladies) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bethany England following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Siobhan Chamberlain.

Attempt saved. Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Hannah Blundell.

Shanice Van de Sanden (Liverpool Ladies) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Mandy van den Berg with a through ball.

Foul by Jade Bailey (Chelsea Ladies).

Sophie Ingle (Liverpool Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Gemma Bonner (Liverpool Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Ana Borges (Chelsea Ladies).

Rosie White (Liverpool Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Gemma Bonner.

Foul by Hannah Blundell (Chelsea Ladies).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women33008269
2Man City Women33005059
3Arsenal Women420256-16
4Liverpool Women31114404
5B'ham City Women310224-23
6Sunderland Ladies20203302
7Reading Women402258-32
8Notts County Ladies201123-11
9Doncaster Rovers Belles200226-40
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