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Chelsea Ladies striker Eniola Aluko grabbed the assist as England edged past Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in their Euro 2017 qualifier.

In the Lionesses’ first home game since their third-place finish at the Women’s World Cup in the summer, Aluko swung in a pinpoint cross which was headed in by Manchester City’s Jill Scott.

The goal somewhat saved England’s blushes however, with the Bosnians holding their own well throughout the match despite being ranked 72nd in the world, 67 places behind England.

However, the hosts dominated throughout in front of just over 13,000 fans at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate, spending much of their time in their opponent’s half.

Fellow Chelsea striker Gemma Davison also played, and impressed as she often looked dangerous in the final third.

The win means Mark Sampson’s side sit second in Group 7, facing current leaders Belgium in April.

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Two Chelsea Ladies players helped England Ladies gain a respectable 0-0 draw against Germany. 

Striker Fran Kirby and defender Gilly Flaherty both started for Mark Sampson’s side, with fellow Blues’ strikers Gemma Davison and Eniola Aluko spending the game on the bench in Duisburg.

Kirby was replaced by Jess Clarke with 15 minutes remaining, whilst Flaherty played a full game.

In the first game between the two countries since England beat Germany to take third place at the Women’s World Cup last summer, both Demi Stokes and Jill Scott wasted early chances to put the visitors into the lead.

However, Babett Peter, who scored an own goal for Wolfsburg in Chelsea’s Champions League quarter final defeat, saw a strike whistle past the post, with England keeper Karen Bardsley being the busier goalkeeper.

The draw does however cement England in fifth place in the world rankings, with the Three Lions taking on Bosnia Herzegovina in a Euro 2017 qualifier on Sunday.

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Four Chelsea Ladies players have been selected for England’s Euro 2017 Qualifier against Bosnia Herzegovina. 

Defender Gilly Flaherty has been selected by Mark Sampson along with strikers Gemma Davison, Eniola Aluko and Fran Kirby.

The game, which will take place in Bristol on Sunday, is England’s first home game since their third place finish at the Women’s World Cup in the summer.


England squad in full

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Rachael Laws (Sunderland), Carly Telford (Notts County).

Defenders: Laura Bassett (Notts County), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Jemma Rose (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Arsenal), Amy Turner (Notts County).

Midfielders: Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool).

Forwards: Eni Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Gemma Davison (Chelsea), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns), Ellen White (Notts County).

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Chelsea Ladies striker Eniola Aluko scored but could not prevent England losing 2-1 to China in the CFA International Tournament. 

Three other Chelsea players, Gilly Flaherty, Laura Coombs and Drew Spence, were all handed their first ever international starts by Three Lions boss Mark Sampson.

Aluko finished coolly with a low strike from the left hand side of the box, but it was a consolation after China’s Shuang Wang had scored twice.

England beat the Chinese, who are hosting the three-team friendly tournament, in the Women’s World Cup earlier this year by the same scoreline, where Blues striker Fran Kirby scored one and set up the other.

Aluko did have a chance to equalise with the score at 1-0, but after being set-up by Lianne Sanderson, she could only drag her shot wide of the post.

Manchester City’s Jill Scott and Izzy Christiansen also come close, but England couldn’t find an equaliser as they slipped to defeat to a team 10 places below them in the world rankings.

The Three Lions play Australia in their next game on 27th October.

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Chelsea Ladies progressed to the round of 16 in the Champions League as they beat Glasgow Ladies 0-3 at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie, with a 4-0 aggregate scoreline.

After the Blues’ 1-0 win in Staines in the first leg, goals from Eniola Aluko, Fran Kirby and Gilly Flaherty ensuring a comfortable win for Emma Hayes’ side.

Despite making Glasgow keeper Lee Alexander come off her line on several occasions, neither side really made an impact upfront in the first half as Chelsea seemed keen to defend their lead established last week.

However, England striker Aluko did break the deadlock after 22 minutes, skipping across the edge of the box before unleashing a powerful yet accurate strike into the top left hand corner, putting the visitors in control.

The host’s best chance came just before the hour mark, Clare Shine seeing her shot blocked by Blues keeper Hedvig Lindahl.

But, a minute later, Kirby grabbed the second and effectively the match. The former Reading striker was given too much space on the edge of the box, and made no mistake with a thunderous and swerving strike past Alexander.

Four minutes later, Chelsea added more gloss to the scoreline as Flaherty was found unmarked in the box by a wonderful cross from Ji So-Yun, the Blues vice-captain heading in from eight yards out.

Aluko then smacked the woodwork and missed another good chance, but it didn’t matter as Chelsea continued their European journey.

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Eight Chelsea Ladies players, including an uncapped trio, have been called up to the England side as the Female Three Lions prepare to face China and Australia in an international friendly tournament.

Defender Hannah Blundell and midfielders Drew Spence and Laura Coombs have all been called up to Mark Sampson’s squad for the first time, along with fellow defenders Claire Rafferty and Gilly Flaherty and strikers Fran Kirby, Eniola Aluko and Gemma Davison.

The call-ups represent the success of the Ladies team last season, as Emma Hayes’ side lifted their first ever piece of silverware by winning the FA Cup at Wembley, before completing a domestic double by lifting their first WSL1 title on the last day of the season.

Also in Sampson’s 21-woman squad is Sunderland striker Beth Mead, another player receiving her first ever call-up despite being the WSL’s top scorer last season, with 12 goals.

Only one Arsenal player is included in the form of full-back Alex Scott, and there are no Notts County players included as the Magpies prepare to face Arsenal in the Continental Tyres Cup Final on 1st November.

The full England squad:

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Mary Earps (Bristol Academy), Rachael Laws (Sunderland).

Defenders: Hannah Blundell (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Manchester City)

Midfielders: Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Laura Coombs (Chelsea), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Drew Spence (Chelsea)

Forwards: Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Gemma Davison (Chelsea), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Beth Mead (Sunderland), Lianne Sanderson (Portland Thorns), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns)


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Chelsea Ladies took one more step to securing their first WSL title with a 0-4 win over Liverpool Ladies.

A double from Ji So-Yun and strikes from Eniola Aluko and Fran Kirby secured a comfortable win for Emma Hayes’ side.

The home side hit the woodwork twice with the score at 0-0, but Chelsea were clinical when it mattered.

The Blues have now also secured Champions League football for the winter of 2016/17.

They can win the title if they beat Sunderland next Sunday.

Liverpool Ladies: Stout, Harris, Bonner, Omarsdottir, Dowie, Smorgard (Oshoala 77), White, Ryland (Pacheco 46), Zelem, Staniforth (Hodson 64), Murray.

Substitutes not used: Derbyshite, Easton.

Chelsea Ladies: Lindahl, Blundell, Flaherty, Fahey, Davison, Aluko (Borges 71), Ji, Rafferty, Kirby, Chapman (Bright 57), Spence (Coombs 74).

Substitutes not used: Hourihan, Ayane.

Attendance: 1,013


In the league’s other games, Bristol Academy’s disastrous season finally culminated in relegation after they lost 6-1 at Manchester City. The hosts led 3-0 at the break thanks to goals from Jill Scott, Isobel Christiansen and Lucy Bronze.
Nikita Parris added a fourth, Christiansen netted her second from the spot and Georgia Stanway made it six.
Caroline Weir netted a consolation goal as Bristol were condemned to WSL2. City meanwhile ensured that the WSL1 title race would go down to the final day.

Sunderland’s slim hopes of Champions League football next season were dashed as they lost 1-3 to Arsenal, who themselves have kept their title hopes alive. Striker Ubogagu stabbed home the opener, only for Beth Mead to to round Sari Van Veenendaal for the equaliser.
Another close-range finish from Ubogagu made it 2-1 before Natalia Pablos curled in a third for Arsenal.

In WSL2, Doncaster and Reading both secured promotion to the top flight after Yeovil failed to overcome Oxford.

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Chelsea Ladies returned to the top of the WSL table after brushing aside Birmingham City 4-0, with Fran Kirby scoring on her debut.

Kirby emphatically rounded off the scoring after Eniola Aluko netted a double and Gilly Flaherty’s strike had given the Blues a commanding lead.

However, Gemma Davison was dismissed by referee Paul Forrester for receiving two yellow cards, the former midfielder given her marching orders after getting her second booking for diving with  the score at 1-0.

However, the win continues the Ladies’ good form after winning the FA Women’s Cup last weekend.

And it was the star of Chelsea’s Wembley date, Aluko, who set the game alight with her pace. The England striker was unlucky not to score sooner, being denied by a fine fingertip save from Birmingham keeper Rebecca Spencer.

However, after Davison fired over, Ji So-Yun led a swift counter-attack which resulted in Aluko turning in Drew Spence’s rebounded shot.

But, rather than letting Davison’s dismissal change the game negatively, poor marking allowed Flaherty to shoot in a second on the turn, as the first half drew to a close.

In the second half, the home side again dominated. Birmingham barely threatened, although Jo Potter saw a beautiful curling shot bounce agonisingly wide.

Emma Hayes’ side then sealed the win, with Aluko calmly placing her penalty after Aoife Mannion’s handball.

Kirby, who looked sharp on her debut, then stole the limelight when she scored on her debut after her move from Reading Ladies for a British record fee. The England striker ran through and smashed a fourth goal past Spencer.



In the league’s other games, Arsenal missed out on their chance to retake top spot after losing 2-3 to Manchester City. Lucy Bronze headed City into a deserved first-half lead, but Alex Scott’s dipping effort brought the Gunners level. Izzie Christiansen restored the visitors’ lead, before Toni Duggan curled in a stunning third. Natalia pulled one back for Arsenal, but City saw the game out, retaining their 100% record since the World Cup. The result sees City move to within three points of Chelsea, with a game in hand.

Sunderland moved to second after scoring a late equaliser to draw 2-2 with Liverpool. Beth Mead opened the scoring for the Black Cats with a penalty, before the Reds came back from behind to lead 1-2 thanks to goals from Natasha Dowie, who scored a 30 yard lob, and Rosie White. However, Kelly MacDougal equalised late on to rescue a point. Despite Liverpool missing an open goal and hnitting the post in injury time, they stay sixth.

Notts County fell to a disappointing 0-1 defeat to Bristol Academy on Friday, giving them their first win this season. Jade Boho Sayo scored the only goal, heading in a deflected shot in the first half. Sayo, who had only just returned from a 4,000-mile round trip due to international commitments, has scored in all four of the Vixens’ games since her summer move. Laura Bassett then fired over the bar from six yards as the hosts looked to equalise, but they were unable to draw level.


Chelsea Ladies: Lindahl, Blundell, Fahey, Flaherty, Borges, Bright, Chapman, Spence (Coombs, 71′), Davison, Aluko (Kirby, 58′), Ji (Banusic, 74′).

Subs not used: Hourihan, Meiwald, Primus.

Birmingham City Ladies: Spencer, Sargent (Ayisi, 45′), Mannion, Harrop, Lawley, Winsall, Allen, Carney (Wellings, 50′), Potter, Linnett.

Subs not used: Baggeley, Edwards, Westwood, Torkildsen, Haines.

Attendance: 851

Referee: Paul Forrester


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Chelsea Ladies have lost their position at the top of the WSL for the first time this season after losing 1-2 to Manchester City Ladies.

A curled Toni Duggan strike early on gave the visitors the lead, before Blues striker Eniola Aluko levelled. But, City captain Steph Houghton’s deflected freekick was enough to give City the win.

Chelsea had a chance to go back to top spot after being displaced earlier in the day, but fell behind early after Duggan connected with Daphne Corboz’s through ball.

Chelsea, backed by a crowd of 1,857 – a record for the club at Staines Town – did however grow into the game, with Aluko’s quick swivel and finish equalising for the home side in front a record crowd of 1,857 at Staines.

But, England captain Houghton’s freekick took a very heavy deflection off Claire Rafferty to inflict a second consecutive league defeat on FA Cup finalists Chelsea.

Chelsea now slip to third after Arsenal and Sunderland both won, and Manchester City stay in fifth, but are level on points with fourth-placed Notts County with a game in hand.


In the other games, Sunderland thrashed Bristol Academy 1-4 to move to second, with Beth Mead’s double securing her fifth goal in two games following her hattrick against Chelsea. Jade Boho Sayo fired Bristol level by the break, but Steph Bannon netted for the Lady Black Cats after a scramble. Bristol remain bottom, with only one point all season.

Arsenal moved to top spot after coming back from behind to beat Notts County 2-1. The visitors took the lead early on through Jess Clarke’s calm finish, but the Gunners turned the game around in the second half following headers from Danielle Carter and Natalia Pablos Sanchon. It’s a blow for County, who face Chelsea in the FA Womens Cup Final next Saturday.

Birmingham claimed their first win of the 2015 season after beating Liverpool 1-0. Karen Carney’s penalty was enough to claim all three points, with the strike also being the Blues’ first home goal this season. It ends a 10-match unbeaten run, whilst moving Birmingham’s side to three points off sixth-placed Liverpool.


Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

“It was a cruel way to end the game. A draw would have probably been a fair result. It’s important that the squad bounce back to get ready for Saturday.

“While everybody is licking their chops about us losing today, I promise you this league has got a long way to go.”

Manchester City Women boss Nick Cushing:

“All season we’ve played well, but we haven’t turned those performances into results, but in the last four games we have.

“Now we seem to be scoring all over the pitch, and we’re even getting the lucky ones like Steph (Houghton)’s goal today.”

Chelsea Ladies: Lindahl, Blundell, Bright, Flaherty, Fahey, Davison (Borges), Aluko, Ji, Rafferty, Chapman (c), Spence (Coombs).

Subs not used: Hourihan, Brett, Meiwald, Banusic, Primus.

Manchester City Women: Bardsley, Bronze, Stokes, Beattie, Houghton (c), Scott, Duggan, Corboz (Johnston), Christiansen, Parris, Radtke.

Subs not used: Brooks, Lipman, Brougham, McManus.

Attendance: 1,857



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