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Yeovil Town Ladies 0-2 Chelsea Ladies

Chelsea Ladies celebrate
The game was goalless until Fran Kirby's introduction for Chelsea

England striker Fran Kirby came off the bench to help Chelsea go top of Women's Super League One and deny Yeovil a first point of 2017-18.

The Blues were held out for an hour by a disciplined Yeovil side, until Kirby slotted in moments after coming on.

Jonna Anderson's deflected strike quickly made it 2-0 to seal it for the visitors.

Victory for Chelsea saw them leapfrog title rivals Manchester City, as they lost at Birmingham City.

Emma Hayes' side, who will travel to second-placed Man City on Saturday, almost had a third, but Kirby was denied by two good Megan Walsh saves.

After an hour at Huish Park, Chelsea looked set for a frustrating evening too, with an improving, well-organised Yeovil side - who had lost 6-0 at Kingsmeadow in October - proving hard to break down until Kirby's entrance.

The Lady Glovers, who remain bottom of the table without a goal so far this season, had almost taken a surprise second-half lead through Ella Pusey, but her curling free-kick was tipped away from the top corner by Rebecca Spencer.

Line-ups

Yeovil Town Ladies

  • 1Walsh
  • 14Miles
  • 16Jackson
  • 6Green
  • 2Evans
  • 5Cousins
  • 19BuxtonSubstituted forGauvainat 71'minutes
  • 28Aldridge
  • 3BurridgeSubstituted forRobinsonat 82'minutes
  • 9Heatherson
  • 18Pusey

Substitutes

  • 7Piggott
  • 8Beales
  • 13Howard
  • 15Hignett
  • 22Gauvain
  • 24Lambe
  • 25Robinson

Chelsea Women

  • 12Spencer
  • 2Thorisdottir
  • 5FlahertySubstituted forKirbyat 61'minutes
  • 11RaffertySubstituted forErikssonat 61'minutes
  • 7Davison
  • 18Mjelde
  • 17Chapman
  • 20Andersson
  • 8Carney
  • 9AlukoSubstituted forSpenceat 78'minutes
  • 22Cuthbert

Substitutes

  • 4Bright
  • 14Kirby
  • 16Eriksson
  • 24Spence
  • 28Telford
Referee:
Marc Whaley
Attendance:
454

Match Stats

Home TeamYeovil Town LadiesAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home25%
Away75%
Shots
Home4
Away25
Shots on Target
Home2
Away11
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Yeovil Town Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Yeovil Town Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 2.

Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kayleigh Green (Yeovil Town Ladies).

Attempt saved. Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Bow Jackson.

Attempt blocked. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gemma Davison.

Attempt missed. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonna Andersson.

Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicola Cousins (Yeovil Town Ladies).

Foul by Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies).

Ann-Marie Heatherson (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert.

Attempt saved. Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonna Andersson with a cross.

Attempt missed. Ella Pusey (Yeovil Town Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Megan Robinson.

Hand ball by Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town Ladies. Megan Robinson replaces Leah Burridge.

Attempt missed. Maren Mjelde (Chelsea Ladies) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Karen Carney with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Megan Walsh.

Attempt saved. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Magdalena Eriksson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ann-Marie Heatherson (Yeovil Town Ladies) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Drew Spence replaces Eniola Aluko.

Maren Mjelde (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ella Pusey (Yeovil Town Ladies).

Foul by Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Ladies).

Kelly Aldridge (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies).

Kelly Aldridge (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies).

Nicola Cousins (Yeovil Town Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town Ladies. Thierry-Jo Gauvain replaces Charlotte Buxton.

Attempt missed. Maria Thorisdottir (Chelsea Ladies) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eniola Aluko.

Attempt missed. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Karen Carney with a cross.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Megan Walsh.

Attempt saved. Karen Carney (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nicola Cousins (Yeovil Town Ladies).

Goal!

Goal! Yeovil Town Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 2. Jonna Andersson (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eniola Aluko with a cross.

Attempt missed. Eniola Aluko (Chelsea Ladies) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Magdalena Eriksson with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women108202942526
2Man City Women108113192225
3Liverpool Women106042013718
4Arsenal Women95222011917
5B'ham City Women104151415-113
6Reading Women93331912712
7Sunderland Ladies104061025-1512
8Everton Ladies93061314-19
9Bristol City Women10217527-227
10Yeovil Town Ladies9009031-310
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