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Chelsea Ladies 2-1 Sunderland Ladies

Katie Chapman
Sunderland are yet to win a league game in six attempts

Chelsea moved to within four points of Women's Super League One leaders Manchester City with a comeback win over struggling Sunderland.

Stephanie Roche was given acres of space to put the visitors ahead after good work from Beth Mead.

The goal was a wake-up call for Chelsea as captain Katie Chapman headed in Karen Carney's free-kick to level.

Waves of attacks followed and Fran Kirby nodded in what proved to be the winner as Sunderland's defence cracked.

The home side should have won by more, Eniola Aluko forcing several excellent saves from Rachael Laws, but the points end Chelsea's two-game losing run while Sunderland stay second-bottom.

Chelsea skipper Katie Chapman: "We were disappointed to go a goal behind because we wanted a fast start and really wanted that first goal.

"But we did respond and we managed to get a goal back quite quickly and I think that gave us the momentum from there and we played really well.

"We are a resilient side and got it back on track and have done it a few times this season where we've come back from behind."

Sunderland striker Stephanie Roche: "We always knew we would have to defend deep and not let them get behind us and in the end we were chasing the ball for 90 minutes, which is very hard.

"I thought we held good lines and tried not to let them get behind us and then we got the goal and that gave us a little boost, but the sucker punch was they got the goal back straight away.

"We just need to regroup now and get ourselves going for the second half of the season."

Line-ups

Chelsea Women

  • 1Lindahl
  • 3Blundell
  • 6Fahey
  • 5Flaherty
  • 11RaffertySubstituted forBorgesat 26'minutes
  • 17Chapman
  • 7DavisonSubstituted forEnglandat 80'minutes
  • 8Carney
  • 10JiSubstituted forSpenceat 70'minutes
  • 9Aluko
  • 14Kirby

Substitutes

  • 4Bright
  • 12Spencer
  • 15England
  • 16Borges
  • 24Spence
  • 25Bailey
  • 26Rafferty

Sunderland Ladies

  • 1Laws
  • 46Brown
  • 5Bannon
  • 14Sharp
  • 21Williams
  • 37Staniforth
  • 19Chaplen
  • 7RamshawSubstituted forJohnstonat 61'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 8McDougallSubstituted forFurnessat 68'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 10Roche
  • 9Mead

Substitutes

  • 2Holmes
  • 4Furness
  • 11Johnston
  • 17Joice
  • 18Beer
  • 24Gunn Olsen
  • 36Potts
Referee:
Robert Whitton
Attendance:
1,397

Match Stats

Home TeamChelsea WomenAway TeamSunderland Ladies
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home36
Away3
Shots on Target
Home14
Away2
Corners
Home13
Away1
Fouls
Home3
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea Ladies 2, Sunderland Ladies 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bethany England (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Steph Bannon.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Eniola Aluko with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Rachael Laws.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Karen Carney.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Beth Mead (Sunderland Ladies).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Karen Carney with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Hayley Sharp.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bethany England.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karen Carney with a cross.

  14. Booking

    Krystle Johnston (Sunderland Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Krystle Johnston (Sunderland Ladies).

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Bethany England replaces Gemma Davison.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Rachel Furness (Sunderland Ladies) because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland Ladies. Conceded by Katie Chapman.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women76101501519
2Chelsea Women6501168815
3B'ham City Women732244011
4Liverpool Women7223131308
5Arsenal Women521256-17
6Notts County Ladies511357-24
7Reading Women604269-34
8Sunderland Ladies6033512-73
9Doncaster Rovers Belles3003212-100
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