Sunday 30 April 2017

Chelsea off to dream Spring Series start against Yeovil

The Blues score six unanswered goals as they send out strong statement to the rest of the league

FA WSL 1 match
14:00, Sunday 30 April 2017
Staines Town FC

Chelsea Ladies FC Goal Scorers: So Yun 45',45+1', Spence 53', Cuthbert 65', Dunn 71', Bachmann 76'

Chelsea kicked off their FA WSL 1 Spring Series campaign with a superb 6-0 victory against Yeovil Town at Wheatsheaf Park.

Ji So-Yun, the 2014 player of the year, grabbed a quick-fire double just prior to half time.

In the second half Drew Spence, Erin Cuthbert, Crystal Dunn and Ramona Bachmann all added a strike each to secure victory.

Emma Hayes’ side looked in fine form as they eye the top of the table - but for WSL 2 champions Yeovil it was a second successive defeat in the top-flight.

The first half was littered with Chelsea chances as the Yeovil defence held firm but the Blues’ breakthrough arrived on the stroke of half time.

Ji stepped up to take a free kick and delightfully curled it into the top corner.

Then, just like London buses, a quick-fire second arrived in stoppage time as Ji picked up the ball on the edge of the box and bent in once again.

Nine minutes into the second half the home side grabbed their third as Spence headed in from close range before Cuthbert made it 4-0 in the 67th minute.

USA international Dunn then added a goal, after a terrific all-round performance, in the 73rd before substitute Bachmann pounced on a Yeovil defensive mix-up.

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Deanna Cooper, Chelsea defender

“It feels good to start the Spring Series with a win under our belt and a good performance as well.

“I think the girls did fantastically well after everyone thought the goal wasn’t going to come in the first half.

“But we stuck at it and it ended up being a very good game for us.

“I think the double before half time gave us a boost. We created a lot of chances in the first half and we said at half time it was just our execution.

“But we did well to get those two goals before half time and that allowed us to go in and be a lot more positive than what it would have been.

“It feels amazing [to make my debut] to be honest – to think a year ago I was playing Premier League football.

“So to jump two leagues and to come out and play with these girls is absolutely fantastic.

“Training with world-class players day in and day out is absolutely fantastic and it is a dream come true for me.”

Ellie Curson, Yeovil Town captain

“It was tough. In the first half we competed for about 43 minutes and gave them the game in final two minutes of the first half.

“Obviously we were under a lot of pressure – we knew we were going to be today.

“They’re training every day together, they spend a lot of time together, so every game that we come up in this season is going to be tough.

“But to be honest I think we held our own for 43 minutes. Unfortunately they just came at us and that’s sometimes the way football goes.

“Disappointed and frustrating I think are the words that sum up our game today.

“I think we’ve learnt a lot. Even in terms of structure we’ve got a lot to learn as a club.

“Fitness wise we’re there for about 60-70 minutes and that’s when we start to fall off.

“I think we’ve learnt a lot, and we still have a lot to learn, but luckily enough the Spring Series offers that to us ready for September.

“Hopefully, in September, we’ll be able to compete at this level.”

Chelsea 6

Ji 45, 45+1, Spence 54, Cuthbert 67, Dunn 73, Bachmann 75

Yeovil Town 0

Chelsea (3-4-3): Frances Kitching; Deanna Cooper, Maren Mjelde, Millie Bright; Gemma Davison, Karen Carney, Drew Spence, Bethany England; Erin Cuthbert, Crystal Dunn, Ji So-Yun

Substitutes: Niamh Fahey for Bright 60, Hannah Blundell for England 63, Ramona Bachmann 69

Substitutes not used: Katie Startup, Eniola Aluko, Katie Chapman

Bookings: None

Red Cards: None

Yeovil Town (3-5-2): Charlotte Haynes; Hannah Short, Helen Bleazard, Nicola Cousins; Nadia Lawrence, Ellie Curson, Molly Clark, Ann-Marie Heatherson, Lucy Quinn; Jessie Jones, Nia Jones

Substitutes: Ella Pusey for Heatherson 57, Steph Williams for Haynes 77

Substitutes not used: Sarah Wiltshire, Natalie Haigh, Bow Jackson, Leah Burridge, Kelly Snook

Bookings: None

Red Cards: None

Referee: Ian Fissenden

Attendance: 1077