An unbeaten run of 5 matches in the Women’s Super League finally came to an end on Saturday after Chelsea Ladies made the trip to Merseyside to face the defending champions, Liverpool. The previous fixture played at home ended in a bore draw, but Liverpool was in no mood to settle for that in their home, as the game ended 2-0.
The game started well and looked promising for both sides, but in the 6th minute the Red’s forward, Gemma Davison was fouled in the box by Laura Bassett, resulting into a penalty kick. The Liverpool player stepped up to take the kick and there was nothing Blues goalkeeper, Marie Hourihan, could do about that one as Davison gave the Red’s the lead, 1-0.
Then Liverpool doubled their lead in the 24th minute, Lucy Bronze made a solo run, beating a number of Chelsea defenders before putting the ball past the keeper and into the net to make it 2-0 Liverpool. Minutes later, the Reds could have gone 3-0 up, as a pass from Corina Schroder to last season’s top scorer, Natasha Dowie, set her up to make the score line quite embarrassing, but the strikers effort was saved by the keeper, who had a busy day.
Chelsea, however, tried to pull one back before the break but Eniola Aluko’s effort was well saved by Liverpool’s Libby Stout to keep the score at 2-0. Chelsea’s world class midfielder, Ji So Yun had an effort from 15 yards, but couldn’t find the target just before at the other end of the pitch Davison almost added to her tally, Hourihan again determined to keep the goal count less than two, at the Chelsea, end with a superb save. The Blues pressed the Champions in the closing stages of the game and tried to get a consolation but Eniola Aluko once again saw her effort –this time a header- saved by Stout, ensuring Chelsea got nothing at all from the game, it ended 2-0.
Chelsea Ladies remain level on points with league leaders, Birmingham City Ladies, but any result but a loss against Liverpool could have seen them climb over to the top, despite Birmingham having two games in hand. Liverpool’s 3 points over the Blues takes them to 3rd position and just 3 points behind Chelsea with equal games played, Man.City Ladies however are hot on their tails with a game in hand and 3 points behind. Meanwhile, Everton are stuck in relegation place with only 2 points, massive desertion of former key players to other clubs seem to have taken the fuel out of their engine, Bristol Academy Women are a place above Everton with 7 points, only goal difference separates them and Notts County Ladies, who are in 6th position while Arsenal Ladies seem to have found form and now in 5th place, compared to their days at the beginning of the season, at the bottom.
Chelsea have to keep it together under pressure from clubs below them and hope Birmingham City’s next two results favour them, it’s past midseason now the Lady Blues wouldn’t be happy to let go of points anymore, as from now, every one of them counts, come on Chelsea!