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Women's Super League One: Chelsea Ladies 0-2 Manchester City Women

Jennifer Beattie (left)
Jennifer Beattie (left) doubled Man City's lead at Staines

Leaders Manchester City Women moved six points clear of title rivals Chelsea Ladies as they maintained their winning start in Women's Super League One.

Chelsea, who lost the Women's FA Cup final to Arsenal on Saturday, saw their own 100% league record end as City earned their sixth win in six games.

England's Demi Stokes put Man City ahead before half-time before Jennifer Beattie's deflected second-half header.

Nick Cushing's side are still yet to concede a league goal so far in 2016.

South Korea forward Ji So-Yun struck the bar as Chelsea tried to get back into the game, but they suffered a big blow to their title hopes just five days on from losing their Women's FA Cup crown.

But the defending champions are four points clear of third-placed Birmingham City - who drew 0-0 with Reading - as they sit in the second Champions League qualification spot.

Manchester City Women left-back Demi Stokes: "It was great to get my first goal of the season, but the most important thing was that we won the match.

"It was a tough game, Chelsea made it hard for us, but we showed that as well as being a good attacking side we've got that nitty-gritty side to us too.

"It's really good to be getting points on the board early doors - that's what cost us last season, making a slow start to the campaign.

"And it's really important to have got three points off Chelsea, who are going to be one of our main rivals in the league."

Chelsea Ladies goal keeper Hedvig Lindahl: "The FA Cup final defeat may have taken its toll on us emotionally, but we were definitely ready for this match.

"We lost but the good thing to take from the match was that we performed much better than we did at Wembley.

"We had our chances and were a little bit unlucky at both ends of the pitch, but they were more clinical than us.

"It was a tough game, a tight game, and we could have come away with a positive result but unfortunately we couldn't do that.

"It's advantage to City, but we also lost this game to them last year and then we won the league so we can still be confident."

Line-ups

Chelsea Women

  • 1Lindahl
  • 3Blundell
  • 6Fahey
  • 5Flaherty
  • 11Rafferty
  • 4BrightBooked at 43minsSubstituted forJiat 52'minutes
  • 17Chapman
  • 9Aluko
  • 24SpenceBooked at 4minsSubstituted forCarneyat 63'minutes
  • 15EnglandSubstituted forDavisonat 52'minutes
  • 14Kirby

Substitutes

  • 7Davison
  • 8Carney
  • 10Ji
  • 12Spencer
  • 16Borges
  • 25Bailey
  • 26Rafferty

Man City Women

  • 1Bardsley
  • 2Bronze
  • 6Houghton
  • 23McManus
  • 3Stokes
  • 8Scott
  • 5Beattie
  • 7AsllaniSubstituted forChristiansenat 61'minutes
  • 17Parris
  • 16RossSubstituted forStanwayat 88'minutes
  • 9DugganSubstituted forCorbozat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Corboz
  • 11Christiansen
  • 12Stanway
  • 14Tynan
  • 20Campbell
  • 21Hourihan
Referee:
Nigel Lugg
Attendance:
1,518

Match Stats

Home TeamChelsea WomenAway TeamMan City Women
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea Ladies 0, Manchester City Women 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea Ladies 0, Manchester City Women 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Lucy Bronze.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Eniola Aluko.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City Women. Georgia Stanway replaces Jane Ross.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea Ladies).

  8. Post update

    Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City Women. Daphne Corboz replaces Toni Duggan.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Karen Carney (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Stephanie Houghton.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Hedvig Lindahl.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Eniola Aluko (Chelsea Ladies).

  16. Post update

    Abbie McManus (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Eniola Aluko (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lucy Bronze (Manchester City Women).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women66001501518
2Chelsea Women5401147712
3B'ham City Women622234-18
4Liverpool Women6213131307
5Arsenal Women521256-17
6Notts County Ladies411256-14
7Reading Women604269-34
8Sunderland Ladies5032410-63
9Doncaster Rovers Belles3003212-100
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