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Chelsea Ladies 2-1 Birmingham City Ladies

Fran Kirby
Fran Kirby's opening goal was her 46th for Chelsea Ladies since arriving in 2015

Erin Cuthbert's late winner against Birmingham City gave Chelsea a three-point lead at the top of Women's Super League One, with three games remaining.

England striker Fran Kirby put the Women's FA Cup winners ahead with a fine strike into the top corner.

After half-time, Wales' Hayley Ladd levelled on the half-volley for the visitors after Jess Carter's good run.

But Birmingham were denied a point in the closing stages, as Cuthbert slotted in to snatch Chelsea a valuable win.

The unbeaten London club would have moved top of the table with a draw, but victory saw them take full advantage after title rivals Manchester City were beaten at Liverpool on Tuesday.

Emma Hayes' side will now be champions if they take seven points from their remaining three games - at home to Sunderland, away to Bristol City and away to Liverpool.

Birmingham, who would have gone up to third with a win, had kept Chelsea at bay for the vast majority of the second half thanks to good saves from Ann-Katrin Berger, who denied Kirby, Cuthbert and Maren Mjelde.

The defeat ended Birmingham's six-game unbeaten run and kept them sixth in the top flight.

Line-ups

Chelsea Women

  • 1Lindahl
  • 4Bright
  • 18Mjelde
  • 16Eriksson
  • 3Blundell
  • 10JiSubstituted forThorisdottirat 45'minutes
  • 17Chapman
  • 20Andersson
  • 24SpenceSubstituted forCuthbertat 56'minutes
  • 23BachmannSubstituted forAlukoat 84'minutes
  • 14Kirby

Substitutes

  • 2Thorisdottir
  • 5Flaherty
  • 7Davison
  • 9Aluko
  • 11Rafferty
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 28Telford

B'ham City Women

  • 30Berger
  • 4Carter
  • 3Sargeant
  • 25Mannion
  • 6Harrop
  • 26Ladd
  • 14FollisSubstituted forQuinnat 88'minutes
  • 15Wellings
  • 17WilliamsSubstituted forMaylingat 85'minutes
  • 13EwersSubstituted forAyisiat 90+3'minutes
  • 9White

Substitutes

  • 7Ayisi
  • 8Mayling
  • 12Stringer
  • 19Westwood
  • 20Cusack
  • 27Quinn
Referee:
Ryan Atkin
Attendance:
934

Match Stats

Home TeamChelsea WomenAway TeamB'ham City Women
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea Ladies 2, Birmingham City Ladies 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea Ladies 2, Birmingham City Ladies 1.

Hayley Ladd (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Ladies. Freda Ayisi replaces Marisa Ewers.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea Ladies 2, Birmingham City Ladies 1. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Francesca Kirby.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Ladies. Lucy Quinn replaces Emma Follis.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Ann-Katrin Berger.

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

Attempt blocked. Eniola Aluko (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hannah Blundell.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City Ladies. Sarah Mayling replaces Rachel Williams.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Emma Follis (Birmingham City Ladies) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Eniola Aluko replaces Ramona Bachmann.

Attempt missed. Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Francesca Kirby.

Attempt saved. Maria Thorisdottir (Chelsea Ladies) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hannah Blundell with a cross.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Hayley Ladd.

Foul by Rachel Williams (Birmingham City Ladies).

Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Hayley Ladd.

Attempt missed. Rachel Williams (Birmingham City Ladies) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Charlie Wellings with a cross.

Jessica Carter (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Ladies).

Rachel Williams (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies).

Meaghan Sargeant (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Ladies).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Emma Follis (Birmingham City Ladies) because of an injury.

Rachel Williams (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Millie Bright (Chelsea Ladies).

Attempt missed. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ellen White.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Kerys Harrop.

Foul by Jessica Carter (Birmingham City Ladies).

Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea Ladies 1, Birmingham City Ladies 1. Hayley Ladd (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jessica Carter.

Foul by Marisa Ewers (Birmingham City Ladies).

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

Attempt missed. Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Francesca Kirby.

Ellen White (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women15105037102735
2Man City Women15102342152732
3Reading Women1684436171928
4Arsenal Women1584328161228
5Liverpool Women169162821728
6B'ham City Women168262617926
7Everton Ladies1642101924-514
8Sunderland Ladies1541101235-2313
9Bristol City Women1541101039-2913
10Yeovil Town Ladies150213145-442
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