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Summary

  1. Champions Chelsea make a winning start to the new WSL1 season
  2. Doncaster Rovers Belles lose to Chelsea for the second time this season after FA Women's Cup defeat
  3. England winger Karen Carney, Beth England, skipper Katie Chapman and Eni Aluko net for Chelsea
  4. Claire Rafferty puts through her own net for the Doncaster Rovers Belles goal

Live Reporting

By Jay Freeman

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye and goodnight

    FT: Doncaster 1-4 Chelsea

    What a cracker of a game and a fantastic advert for the WSL!

    The second half may not have provided us with the goalfest we were greeted with in the opening 45 minutes, but Chelsea's quality shined through on a chilly Yorkshire night as they protected their lead.

    Doncaster, to their credit, offered an early response and were rewarded when Claire Rafferty's own goal cancelled out Karen Carney's early penalty.

    Goals from Beth England and Katie Chapman put the game to bed prior to the break while Eni Aluko's superb late finish wrapped up a fine display for the visitors.

    Chelsea will feel this result makes quite the marker on their title rivals while Doncaster will look to bounce back from consecutive defeats when they face Birmingham City Ladies next week.

    For now however, thank you very much for joining us. Goodnight!

  2. FT: Doncaster 1-4 Chelsea

    Doncaster manager Glen Harris told BT Sport:

    "They have got quality in their side and they showed that as they did on Sunday.

    "I'm really pleased with my girls, particularly in the second half when we could have capitulated but they showed great resilience and character.

    "They have learned what WSL 1 is all about in the last two games and there's lots of lessons to be learned but lots of positives going into the next game."

  3. FT: Doncaster 1-4 Chelsea

    Chelsea Ladies' Katie Chapman told BT Sport:

    "It's important for us to get off to a good start. Teams are going to want to beat us and it's important for us to show our standards, which is what we did tonight.

    "It was nice to score and come away with a 4-1 win. I like the challenge, I'm coming in winning a title and teams want to make it hard for us.

    "We've strengthened our squad this season and I think we have depth and we can change the game which we proved tonight."

  4. FULL-TIME

    Doncaster 1-4 Chelsea

    Ji So Yun tries a cheeky backwards flick from close range late on but can't find the net with what would have been Chelsea's fifth of the evening.

    Ultimately, the visitors' quality prevailed and their title defence begins with a thumping victory during an entertaining 90 minutes against Doncaster.

    We finish with the same scoreline as Sunday's FA Cup tie and Chelsea are top of WSL 1 as it stands.

  5. Doncaster 1-4 Chelsea

    Fran Kirby goes down in the box after Leandra Little catches her with her knee in a challenge for the ball.

    The Chelsea forward looks in a bit of discomfort.

  6. SUBSTITUTION

    Doncaster 1-4 Chelsea

    A final roll of the dice from Doncaster. Becky Easton is hauled off in place of Yasmin Mosby.

  7. GOAL (Aluko)

    Doncaster 1-4 Chelsea

    Eni Aluko puts Chelsea out of sight and she deserves it, she's been excellent tonight. Gemma Davison runs almost unopposed down the right wing, puts the ball into the box, Ji So Yun plays a clever dummy and Aluko easily slots home.

    Absolutely superb stuff.

  8. Doncaster 1-3 Chelsea

    Ji So Yun hesitates for a moment before taking her free kick from around 20 yards out but finally launches it into the box, but Donny's Leandra Little and Becky Easton conspire to clear the danger.

  9. Doncaster 1-3 Chelsea

    Chelsea's Fran Kirby does well to round her marker and tries to play a neat ball into the box but it runs out of play.

    Just over ten minutes to go and Doncaster look out of this.

  10. SUBSTITUTION

    Doncaster 1-3 Chelsea

    Chelsea make their third and final change of the night with Jade Bailey coming on for Beth England.

  11. Doncaster 1-3 Chelsea

    Owen Phillips

    BBC Sport Online

    Chelsea defender Gilly Flaherty could well have been replaced there to save her getting a needless red card. She looked pretty furious after a couple of strong challenges.

    Both sides are steaming into tackles now and Niamh Fahey could easily have been sent off for a lunging tackle on Donny's Kasia Lipka.

    The home fans had no doubt it was a red. This is impressive stuff from Doncaster. They were outplayed in the first half but are really giving it a good go now.

  12. SUBSTITUTION

    Doncaster 1-3 Chelsea

    Some fresh legs for Doncaster. Rachel Newborough comes on for Samantha Tierney.

    20 minutes to go for the Belles to find a response.

  13. Doncaster 1-3 Chelsea

    Gemma Davison fires on goal from long range but the ball deflects off Leandra Little and Chelsea win a corner.

    Ji So Yun latches onto the set piece that follows and almost scores with a fantastic low volley, but Sophie Barker spares the hosts' blushes with a superb clearance off the line after Nicola Hobbs got a knee to it.

  14. YELLOW CARD

    Doncaster 1-3 Chelsea

    Niamh Fahey receives a yellow card for a poor challenge on Doncaster's Kasia Lipka.

  15. SUBSTITUTION

    Doncaster 1-3 Chelsea

    Karen Carney tucks away her spot kick

    A double change for Chelsea as goalscorer Karen Carney comes off for Fran Kirby while Gemma Davison replaces Gilly Flaherty.

  16. Doncaster 1-3 Chelsea

    This time it's Doncaster's turn to knock the ball around with aplomb. Jess Sigsworth mazes down the left-wing and plays in to Natasha Dowie who leaves it to Sam Tierney but the ball evades her.

    Golden chance to get back in it for the hosts. How costly will that be?

  17. Doncaster 1-3 Chelsea

    Doncaster launch a free kick into the box but Chelsea win possession and run rings around the Belles, stringing together passes with ease.

    Chelsea look very comfortable and you have to say, Doncaster need a goal soon if they are to steal at least a point.

  18. Doncaster 1-3 Chelsea

    Katie Chapman and Natasha Dowie tangle in midfield and somehow the referee doesn't give a free kick to the hosts.

    It's been a quiet few minutes as we begin the second half but there could be more goals in this one.

  19. Elsewhere in tonight's WSL fixtures

    Doncaster 1-3 Chelsea

    There are two WSL2 fixtures taking place as well tonight.

    Everton are currently 1-1 with Aston Villa Ladies at half time while Oxford United and Millwall have just kicked off, after the Lionesses were stuck in bank holiday traffic.

  20. Barnstorming Blundell

    Doncaster 1-3 Chelsea

    Owen Phillips

    BBC Sport Online

    Chelsea's threat has come all over the pitch so far. And while it's wingers Karen Carney and Beth England who have posed the main danger, Hannah Blundell (pictured below) has really impressed bombing on from right full-back.

    She's covered a frightening amount of ground so far. 

    Sam Tierney (R) of Doncaster Rovers Belles challenges Hannah Blundell of Chelsea Ladies FC