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Chelsea Women 2-3 Birmingham City Women: Ellen White wins thriller late on

Birmingham City scored three times against a Chelsea side who had only conceded once since October
Birmingham City scored three times against a Chelsea side who had only conceded once since October

Birmingham City came from behind to win for new boss Marta Tejedor at Women's Super League title-chasing Chelsea as Kingsmeadow witnessed its second shock result inside 24 hours.

Chelsea, who began the day three points off top spot, took an early lead through Erin Cuthbert's diving header.

But, after Emma Follis equalised, Lucy Quinn then put City ahead on the hour.

Cuthbert levelled for Chelsea but Ellen White looped home Charlie Wellings' dipping right-wing cross to win it.

In new Birmingham manager Tejedor's first match in charge, that completed as big a surprise result as AFC Wimbledon's FA Cup win over West Ham United the night before.

Chelsea, who were without England centre-back Millie Bright and started with Fran Kirby on the bench, looked in control at 1-0.

But Follis then poked home the equaliser on 36 minutes after Quinn ran down the right before weaving her way into the box to cross hard and low.

Chelsea - who had won their previous 11 games in all competitions - fell behind again when Quinn's 20-yard shot looped in for the visitors.

Although Cuthbert looked to have rescued a point when she scored her second straight from a free-kick, White had the final word when she latched onto Wellings' cross to lift the ball over the despairing home keeper, England's Carly Telford.

New signing Ann-Katrin Berger, signed from Birmingham in the January window, was on the Chelsea bench, ahead of Sweden's first-choice keeper Hedvig Lindahl.

Line-ups

Chelsea Women

  • 28Telford
  • 3Blundell
  • 6Asante
  • 16Eriksson
  • 20Andersson
  • 24SpenceSubstituted forKirbyat 60'minutes
  • 5Ingle
  • 10Ji
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 15EnglandSubstituted forBachmannat 60'minutesBooked at 63mins
  • 8CarneySubstituted forCarterat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Carter
  • 14Kirby
  • 17Engman
  • 18Mjelde
  • 21Cooper
  • 23Bachmann
  • 30Berger

B'ham City Women

  • 29Hampton
  • 3SargeantSubstituted forMaylingat 45'minutes
  • 25Mannion
  • 6Harrop
  • 2WilliamsBooked at 82mins
  • 14FollisSubstituted forWalkerat 90+5'minutes
  • 37Staniforth
  • 4Ladd
  • 15Wellings
  • 7Arthur
  • 11QuinnSubstituted forWhiteat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brooks
  • 8Mayling
  • 9White
  • 13Ewers
  • 18Scofield
  • 20Walker
  • 21Hayles
Referee:
Helen Conley
Attendance:
2,053

Match Stats

Home TeamChelsea WomenAway TeamB'ham City Women
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea FC Women 2, Birmingham City Women 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea FC Women 2, Birmingham City Women 3.

Attempt blocked. Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea FC Women) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ramona Bachmann with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Sophie Ingle (Chelsea FC Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Claudia Walker replaces Emma Follis.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea FC Women 2, Birmingham City Women 3. Ellen White (Birmingham City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Wellings with a cross.

Offside, Birmingham City Women. Hayley Ladd tries a through ball, but Chloe Arthur is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Emma Follis (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Charlie Wellings.

Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kerys Harrop (Birmingham City Women).

Offside, Chelsea FC Women. Erin Cuthbert tries a through ball, but Francesca Kirby is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City Women) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea FC Women 2, Birmingham City Women 2. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea FC Women) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Booking

Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City Women).

Attempt missed. Ellen White (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emma Follis.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Chloe Arthur (Birmingham City Women) because of an injury.

Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.

Attempt blocked. Ellen White (Birmingham City Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucy Staniforth.

Attempt missed. Ji So-Yun (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hannah Blundell.

Foul by Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea FC Women).

Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kerys Harrop (Birmingham City Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Ellen White replaces Lucy Quinn.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Jessica Carter replaces Karen Carney.

Attempt missed. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chloe Arthur.

Hannah Blundell (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Emma Follis (Birmingham City Women).

Booking

Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea FC Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea FC Women).

Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea FC Women 1, Birmingham City Women 2. Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City Women) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lucy Staniforth.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Ramona Bachmann replaces Beth England.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Francesca Kirby replaces Drew Spence.

Delay in match Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City Women) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women1410404083234
2Arsenal Women13110250113933
3Chelsea Women148422291328
4B'ham City Women149141912728
5Bristol City Women136341316-321
6Reading Women135351818018
7West Ham Women135171926-716
8Liverpool Women134181022-1213
9Brighton Women142210931-228
10Everton Ladies12138723-166
11Yeovil Town Ladies131012839-313
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