Chelsea Ladies go top

Chelsea Ladies go top

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Chelsea playmaker Ji So-Yun scored for the second successive game

Chelsea Ladies propelled themselves to the top of the FA WSL1 after an impressive 0-4 win over Bristol Academy on Thursday afternoon.

The Female Blues followed up their opening day win over Notts County, whilst at the same time ensuring the start of Bristol’s 2015 season was one to forget.

Chelsea were 0-3 up at half-time. Ji So-Yun headed in an Eniola Aluko’s cross, Drew Spence converted Ana Borges ball into the box, and Gemma Davidson grabbed her third in two games whilst sealing the win at the same time.

Spence fired in her second and Chelsea’s fourth in the second half.

Nikki Watts missed the home side’s best chance wide – topping off a miserable couple of weeks for Bristol Academy. They have now crashed out of the FA Cup, been embarrassed in the Champions League and have now had a false start in the 2015 WSL season.

Chelsea are the only team to have won both of their opening two games.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes was particularly pleased with the performance of Spence, who scored twice in an impressive victory:

“Drew is playing higher up the pitch this season and she should have had a hat-trick. It has taken her a while to get her Chelsea career going, but I think the rest of the league is starting to see we have a player with unbelievable qualities.”

But in general, Hayes was pleased that her team was hitting high standards:

“I was happy with the result and the clean sheet, although Bristol made it harder for us in the second half. People expect us to be up there and challenging and so do I. We enjoy the pressure of being in that position.”

In the other games, Liverpool Ladies bounced back from their shock opening day defeat as they beat Birmingham 2-1. New Liverpool signing Asisat Oshoala, the first African to play in the WSL, scored the opener as Birmingham are yet to claim their first win this season. On-loan Everton striker Nikita Parris scored the only goal for Manchester City against Sunderland. It’s City’s first win this season. In the other game, Notts County recovered from their opening day loss to Chelsea, drawing with Arsenal 1-1. A clever freekick routine opened the scoring for County, but Arsenal scored late on to claim their first point this campaign.

Bristol Academy: Earps; Dykes, McCatty (YC), Matthews, Townsend; James, Ladd, Evans, Ingle; Watts (Bird), Murray (Lawrence).

Subs not used: Dalton, Fantom-Brown, Passariello, Hurst, Evans.


Chelsea: Lindahl; Borges, Fahey, Bright, Rafferty; Aluko (Flaherty), Chapman, Ji So-Yun (Coombs), Davison; Banusic (Groenen), Spence.

Subs not used: Blundell, Meiwald, Farrow, Hourihan.


Attendance: 645

Referee: Savaas Yianni