Women's Super League 1
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Chelsea Ladies 1-0 Everton Ladies

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WSL 1: Chelsea Ladies 1-0 Everton Ladies highlights

Women's Super League One title hopefuls Chelsea left it late to beat a hard-working Everton side and avoid losing ground on rivals Manchester City.

Lively Everton striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk hit the post with a first-half penalty as the visitors caused Chelsea plenty of problems.

The hosts did not get their usual flowing play going in the first hour, but built up pressure late in the game.

With six minutes left, Jonna Andersson fired into the roof of the net.

The Sweden defender's clinical strike was her first goal for Chelsea and was much-needed for Emma Hayes' side as they found themselves against a well-organised Everton outfit.

The Toffees should have led at the break, after Sweetman-Kirk missed her spot kick having gone down in the area under the challenge of Anita Asante, who was making her first Chelsea appearance since returning from Swedish side Rosengard.

Sweetman-Kirk had also seen an earlier effort disallowed for a very close offside decision, after Chloe Kelly's free-kick had been saved by keeper Hedvig Lindahl.

But Chelsea improved in the latter stages after the introductions of attacking trio Ji So-Yun, Fran Kirby and Maren Mjelde.

The result meant Emma Hayes' side topped the table temporarily before Manchester City restored their two-point lead at the summit with a 3-0 win at Sunderland later on Sunday.

Chelsea match-winner Jonna Andersson:

"It was a bad game, but the most important thing was three points of course.

"I screamed to Fran [Kirby] that I was behind her if she didn't have the chance, so she passed to me, and I just knew I needed it to be on target - and it went in, so it was amazing,

"They surprised us a bit, but it was more how we played. I think we were not as good as we can be."

Everton goalkeeper Lizzie Durack:

"It's a little bit heart-breaking. To be honest, we dominated the first half, so to concede a goal at the end there is disappointing after keeping them out for so long.

"We would never turn to Courtney [Sweetman-Kirk] and say, 'you should have scored'. Credit to her, she stepped up and she was brave to take the penalty.

"We dominated that first half so we were buzzing going in at half time, and the confidence was high, and we took that until about the 70th minute when we got under the pump a bit."

Line-ups

Chelsea Women

  • 1Lindahl
  • 3Blundell
  • 6AsanteBooked at 23mins
  • 16Eriksson
  • 20Andersson
  • 17Chapman
  • 24SpenceSubstituted forMjeldeat 65'minutes
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 8CarneySubstituted forJiat 70'minutes
  • 19Dunn
  • 23BachmannSubstituted forKirbyat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Thorisdottir
  • 9Aluko
  • 10Ji
  • 11Rafferty
  • 14Kirby
  • 18Mjelde
  • 28Telford

Everton Ladies

  • 13Durack
  • 7Boye-Hlorkah
  • 4Brougham
  • 6George
  • 3Turner
  • 12James
  • 17ChanceSubstituted forMunstermanat 88'minutes
  • 20Finnigan
  • 11Kelly
  • 18Sweetman-Kirk
  • 21GreenSubstituted forWormat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Levell
  • 5Worm
  • 10Magill
  • 14Munsterman
  • 15Hinds
  • 26Bryson
Referee:
Robert Whitton
Attendance:
1,731

Match Stats

Home TeamChelsea WomenAway TeamEverton Ladies
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea Ladies 1, Everton Ladies 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea Ladies 1, Everton Ladies 0.

Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Siri Worm (Everton Ladies).

Attempt saved. Maren Mjelde (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ji So-Yun.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton Ladies. Siri Worm replaces Mollie Green.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton Ladies. Marthe Munsterman replaces Olivia Chance.

Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mollie Green (Everton Ladies).

Foul by Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies).

Chloe Kelly (Everton Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea Ladies 1, Everton Ladies 0. Jonna Andersson (Chelsea Ladies) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Francesca Kirby.

Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mollie Green (Everton Ladies).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Olivia Chance (Everton Ladies) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Anita Asante following a corner.

Attempt saved. Ji So-Yun (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Francesca Kirby.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Lizzie Durack.

Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Danielle Turner (Everton Ladies).

Corner, Everton Ladies. Conceded by Anita Asante.

Attempt blocked. Chloe Kelly (Everton Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Ji So-Yun replaces Karen Carney.

Attempt saved. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Maren Mjelde (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Karen Carney with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Gabby George.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Maren Mjelde replaces Drew Spence.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Francesca Kirby replaces Ramona Bachmann.

Corner, Everton Ladies. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Danielle Turner.

Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gabby George (Everton Ladies).

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Lizzie Durack.

Attempt saved. Karen Carney (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Drew Spence.

Attempt blocked. Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Danielle Turner.

Attempt missed. Karen Carney (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ramona Bachmann.

Offside, Chelsea Ladies. Hedvig Lindahl tries a through ball, but Erin Cuthbert is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women77002772021
2Chelsea Women76102542119
3Liverpool Ladies75021751215
4Arsenal Women73221311211
5B'ham City Ladies83141213-110
6Reading Women7232141049
7Sunderland Ladies8305721-149
8Bristol City Women8215421-177
9Everton Ladies82061113-26
10Yeovil Town Ladies7007025-250
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