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Women's Super League: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United

Chelsea swiftly regained top spot in the Women's Super League as Maren Mjelde's penalty saw off a resolute Manchester United side at Kingsmeadow.

Having been deposed from the summit by Manchester City's 5-0 win over West Ham in the early kick-off, Mjelde's second-half spot-kick ensured that demotion was a brief one.

United vehemently protested against the penalty, convinced Millie Turner had got a touch on the ball when she challenged Fran Kirby, but referee Jack Packman pointed to the spot.

Norway defender Mjelde tucked home to give Chelsea a victory watched by 4,790 spectators - a record attendance for a WSL game held at a non-Premier League stadium.

Chelsea were far from their best and only the woodwork denied United a late equaliser as Blues keeper Ann-Katrin Berger superbly tipped Ella Toone's volley onto the underside of the bar and out.

After a cagey first half devoid of clear-cut chances, Blues ultimately emerged triumphant by converting a purple patch of supremacy around the hour mark.

Scotland international Erin Cuthbert should have fired them ahead as she raced on to a ball over the top of the United defence but steered wide with only keeper Mary Earps to beat.

However, the introduction of England striker Kirby from the bench paid instant dividends as, within a minute, she drew the foul from Turner, who appeared to get a touch on both ball and player.

Earps got a hand to Mjelde's penalty but could not keep it out as Chelsea, who this week added Australia striker Sam Kerr to their attacking options come January, made it five wins from six WSL games.

United, promoted as Championship winners last season, were left to once again rue fine margins, having lost 1-0 to the division's leading three sides - Manchester City, Arsenal and, now, Chelsea.

They were unfortunate not to earn a point when Toone's volley from Jess Sigsworth's cross was diverted on to the bar by Berger, with the rebound hitting the keeper on the back but somehow staying out.

Line-ups

Chelsea Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 30Berger
  • 18Mjelde
  • 4Bright
  • 16Eriksson
  • 25Andersson
  • 22CuthbertBooked at 45mins
  • 5Ingle
  • 10JiSubstituted forCarterat 87'minutes
  • 23BachmannSubstituted forSpenceat 79'minutes
  • 9England
  • 11ReitenSubstituted forKirbyat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Blundell
  • 7Carter
  • 14Kirby
  • 21Cooper
  • 24Spence
  • 28Telford

Man Utd Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Earps
  • 4TurnerBooked at 14mins
  • 5McManusBooked at 42mins
  • 21Turner
  • 2Harris
  • 10ZelemSubstituted forTooneat 74'minutes
  • 12Ladd
  • 18HansonSubstituted forSigsworthat 59'minutes
  • 14Groenen
  • 11Galton
  • 16JamesSubstituted forRossat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Okvist
  • 7Toone
  • 9Sigsworth
  • 15Mikalsen
  • 17Arnot
  • 19Ross
  • 20Smith
Referee:
Jack Packman
Attendance:
4,790

Match Stats

Home TeamChelsea WomenAway TeamMan Utd Women
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea Women 1, Manchester United Women 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea Women 1, Manchester United Women 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.

  4. Post update

    Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Hayley Ladd (Manchester United Women).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Beth England.

  7. Post update

    Jessica Carter (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jessica Sigsworth (Manchester United Women).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Jessica Carter replaces Ji So-Yun.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Leah Galton.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Millie Bright.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ella Toone (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United Women. Jane Ross replaces Lauren James.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Drew Spence.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Drew Spence replaces Ramona Bachmann.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lauren James (Manchester United Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jackie Groenen.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women).

  18. Post update

    Jackie Groenen (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Beth England (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea Women. Maren Mjelde tries a through ball, but Francesca Kirby is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women6510123916
2Man City Women65011211115
3Arsenal Women6501113815
4Everton Women640284412
5Man Utd Women63037349
6Tottenham Women630357-29
7Reading Women521279-27
8West Ham Women6204613-76
9Brighton Women6123510-55
10B'ham City Women510428-63
11Bristol City Women6033512-73
12Liverpool Women601518-71
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