Yuki Ogimi gets a brace to secure all three points for Chelsea in their first league match
CHELSEA manager Emma Hayes admits she was slightly disappointed not to see Yuki Ogimi net a hat-trick on Thursday – but the Japan international’s double was enough for victory over Bristol Academy.
The Blues chalked up their second victory over Bristol in the space of five days to get their FA Women’s Super League campaign off to a flying start.
The Londoners had pulled off a 2-1 extra-time win on Sunday in the fifth round of the FA Women’s Cup.
And a first-half double from striker Ogimi ensured they followed that up by banking their first three points of the WSL campaign.
“Bristol are a top team so to come here and win – and keep their crowd quiet – was very pleasing,” said Hayes.
“I really felt Yuki was going to get a goal – we’d spoken about it before the game – and her first came from a wonderful cross from Hannah Blundell.
“Her second was a finish of the highest order with her left foot and real quality. I was disappointed she didn’t get her hat-trick because I thought she was outstanding.”
Ogimi broke the deadlock in the eighth minute when she headed home from Hannah Blundell’s cross as the Vixens found themselves outnumbered at the back.
Then the 26-year-old produced a cool left-foot finish to steer a shot into the bottom corner after being set up by Eniola Aluko after 33 minutes.
Bristol found chances hard to come by in the opening period, although Natasha Harding’s cross rolled across the face of goal just before the break with nobody able to get a touch.
But the home side improved greatly in the second period and Angharad James should have done better after cutting in from the left, only to fire over the top from 14 yards.
Chelsea still could have increased their lead but Ogimi was denied her third when she fired against a post.
And Bristol boss Dave Edmondson was left to rue his side’s lacklustre first-half display.
“That’s the second game in a row that we have started poorly and come back stronger in the second half, and that’s a question of mentality,” he said.
“We looked panicky in the opening period, and that’s not the way we are trying to play this year.
“We need to be brave and we showed in the second half that we can do that. But it’s almost as though the pressure is only released when we go a goal behind.”
Bristol Academy (4-1-4-1): Earps; McCatty, Rose, Matthews, Yorston; Brown (Watts 58); Dykes (Del Rio 64), James, Ingle, Harding; Pablos Sanchon.
Substitutes (not used): Heatherson, Curson, Bernabe.
Red cards: None
Chelsea (4-3-3): Hourihan; Buet (Meiwald 76), Wilhelmsson, Flaherty, Blundell; Bassett, So-Yun (Ayane 87), Coombs; Aluko, Ogimi, Groenen (Brett 83).
Substitutes (not used); Williams, Chapman, Rafferty.
Bookings: Bassett (75)
Red cards: None
Ref: Sam Ogles