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But Chelsea goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, who had done brilliantly to deny Weir before the break, had to be withdrawn after taking a knock.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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Liverpool Ladies 1, Chelsea Ladies 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Ashley Hodson (Liverpool Ladies).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Gemma Bonner.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool Ladies. Conceded by Rebecca Spencer.

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool Ladies. Conceded by Gilly Flaherty.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. 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.

  17. Substitution

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

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea Ladies).

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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