Women's Super League 1
B'ham City Ladies0Chelsea Women4

Women's Super League One: Birmingham City Ladies 0-4 Chelsea Ladies

Eni Aluko (left) tries to break away from
Eni Aluko (left) scored inside three minutes with a goal that set the tone for a breathtaking first-half performance by last season's WSL champions

Chelsea Ladies kept alive their Women's Super League title hopes with a devastating display that put an end to Birmingham City's 12-game unbeaten run.

Eni Aluko's shot and Karen Carney's header made it 2-0 by the sixth minute, with strikes from Gemma Davison and Ji So-Yun earning a 4-0 half-time lead.

Carney hit the bar after the break but Chelsea could not add to their tally.

The win took the Londoners back to within 10 points of leaders Manchester City, with two games in hand.

Unbeaten City beat Reading Women 2-0 earlier on Sunday to briefly stretch their WSL lead to 13 points.

City have three league matches left, including one against Chelsea. Even if they lose that match, City need only two wins to be certain of clinching the league title.

Karen Carney of Chelsea Ladies and Birmingham City's Melissa Lawley
Karen Carney (left) scored Chelsea's second during a ruthless 27-minute first-half spell

Birmingham captain Emily Westwood:

"Those first 30 minutes were the worst we've played all season and I'd like to apologise to our fans.

"We gave the ball away inside our own half for every one of their four goals.

"We were really poor, but credit to Chelsea they were really on it today.

"In the first half they were turning us, getting in behind us, exposing our weaknesses, and we were never in it."

Chelsea forward Karen Carney:

"That was the first time we've really clicked as a team this season and it was a fantastic performance.

"All the forwards scored and I was pleased to get a goal, but I refused to celebrate out of respect for Birmingham.

"Everybody's saying the title's theirs (Manchester City) because they're 10 points clear, but we've got two games in hand and we've still got to go to their place.

"So there's no way we're giving up - we're the reigning champions and we're not going to give that up without a fight."

Line-ups

B'ham City Ladies

  • 30Berger
  • 25Mannion
  • 6Harrop
  • 19Westwood
  • 4Carter
  • 13EwersSubstituted forWindellat 61'minutes
  • 12StringerSubstituted forLinnettat 45'minutes
  • 11HegerbergSubstituted forPeplowat 45'minutes
  • 14Lawley
  • 7Ayisi
  • 15Wellings

Substitutes

  • 1Baggaley
  • 2Windell
  • 9Linnett
  • 16Peplow
  • 23Haines
  • 24Johnson
  • 26Davies

Chelsea Women

  • 12Spencer
  • 6Fahey
  • 5Flaherty
  • 4Bright
  • 3Blundell
  • 17Chapman
  • 10JiSubstituted forBaileyat 64'minutes
  • 11RaffertySubstituted forBorgesat 66'minutes
  • 7Davison
  • 8Carney
  • 9AlukoSubstituted forEnglandat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lindahl
  • 15England
  • 16Borges
  • 24Spence
  • 25Bailey
Referee:
Akil Howson
Attendance:
685

Match Stats

Home TeamB'ham City LadiesAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home5
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 4.

Karen Carney (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City Ladies).

Foul by Hannah Blundell (Chelsea Ladies).

Melissa Lawley (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Gemma Davison (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by Jessica Carter (Birmingham City Ladies).

Attempt saved. Jade Bailey (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Bethany England replaces Eniola Aluko.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Ana Borges replaces Claire Rafferty.

Attempt missed. Eniola Aluko (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Jade Bailey replaces Ji So-Yun.

Kerys Harrop (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karen Carney (Chelsea Ladies).

Jessica Carter (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Claire Rafferty (Chelsea Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Ladies. Alex Windell replaces Marisa Ewers because of an injury.

Foul by Jessica Carter (Birmingham City Ladies).

Claire Rafferty (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay in match Marisa Ewers (Birmingham City Ladies) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Claire Rafferty (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Emily Westwood (Birmingham City Ladies) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Jessica Carter (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Millie Bright (Chelsea Ladies).

Foul by Kerys Harrop (Birmingham City Ladies).

Niamh Fahey (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Jessica Carter (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Claire Rafferty (Chelsea Ladies).

Second Half

Second Half begins Birmingham City Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 4.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Ladies. Chloe Peplow replaces Andrine Hegerberg.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Ladies. Kirsty Linnett replaces Abbey-Leigh Stringer.

Half Time

First Half ends, Birmingham City Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 4.

Attempt missed. Melissa Lawley (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies).

(Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Birmingham City Ladies. Conceded by Katie Chapman.

Eniola Aluko (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women1311203232935
2Chelsea Women1181231112025
3Arsenal Women1272321101123
4B'ham City Ladies13553810-220
5Liverpool Ladies125431915419
6Notts County Ladies11236918-99
7Reading Women11065917-86
8Sunderland Ladies121381030-206
9Doncaster Rovers Belles9009328-250
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