Chelsea Ladies maintained their 100% record this season with an impressive 1-0 win over reigning Champions Liverpool.
Eniola Aluko’s first goal of the 2015 season was enough to see of the Reds, who have had a disappointing start to the campaign, losing two and winning one.
They beat Chelsea to the title last season on goal difference.
The Female Blues on the other hand have been in impressive form so far this term, having seen off Arsenal and Bristol City before the game against Liverpool on Sunday. They are the only team in the league to have retained their 100% record this season.
Chelsea midfielder Gemma Davidson came up against her former teammates for the first time since her move to south London in the transfer window, as did Liverpool manager Matt Beard. But, neither could do nothing to influence a fairly dull and goalless first half, Aluko dragging the best chance of the opening 45 minutes wide after bursting into the area.
However, the second half burst into life when Aluko scored a fine goal, lobbing the ball over the oncoming Libby Stout in the Reds’ goal after latching on to Laura Coombs’ through ball.
Both Fara Williams and Asisat Oshoala missed chances for the away side, before midfielder Williams was presented with a golden opportunity to draw level. After the referee spotted a handball in the area, Williams stepped up and planted her effort wide.
The Ladies held on to claim all three points in what has been an impressive start – they have conceded only one goal in three games this season.
In the other games, Manchester City’s Jill Scott was sent off for a headbutt as her team lost 0-1 to Arsenal. After Chioma Ubogagu opened the scoring, Scott was shown a straight red after reacting to a challenge from Arsenal’s Jade Bailey. City’s Nikita Parris hit the post late on but it wasn’t enough for the Blues, who now sit fourth whilst the Gunners move to second.
In Saturday’s only game, Sunderland Ladies beat Bristol Academy 2-1. Bristol scored their first goal from open play this season after just nine minutes through Angharad James. But after Black Cats striker Beth Mead hit the bar, Brooke Chaplen equalised and Rachel Furness grabbed the winner. That pushed the newly-promoted side up to third, but prolonged Bristol’s miserable season during which they have crashed out of the Champions League and the FA Cup and sit bottom of the WSL1 table.
Birmingham drew 0-0 with Notts County in the other game, Carly Telford saving a late Remi Allen spotkick to ensure that the Female Magpies took a share of the spoils. Both sides are without a win in the league so far this campaign and are seventh and sixth respectively.
Chelsea: Lindahl, Blundell, Bright, Flaherty (C), Fahey, Davison, Aluko, So-Yun, Rafferty, Coombs, Spence.
Subs not used: Hourihan, Groenen, Borges, Chapman, Brett, Meiwald, Banusic.
Liverpool: Stout, Harris, Easton, Bonner (C), Murray, Schroder, Williams, Oshoala, Longhurst, Smorsgard, Dowie.
Subs not used: Gibbons, Ryland, Staniforth, Zelem.
Referee: Constantine Hatzidakis