Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool
LIVERPOOL Ladies ended their miserable winless run with a triumph over Chelsea at the Imperial Fields.
A well contested first half was lit up when a Liverpool corner was turned into the home side’s net after 24 minutes after a goal-mouth melee with Chloe Jones believed to have got the last touch but it could also be credited as an own goal, such was the confusion in the area.
Chelsea refused to abandon their game plan in search of the equaliser and continued to play out from the back at every opportunity. On the hour mark their perseverance was almost punished when Cheryl Foster stole possession and looked to be heading toward goal before the linesman flagged for offside.
For weeks Robbie Johnson’s side have toiled relentless in search of their first three points without success but their efforts were rewarded after another gutsy display.
After 72 minutes Chelsea had arguably their best chance of the game when Ashlee Hincks found herself in the Liverpool box with only Dani Gibbons to beat. Gibbons, however, demonstrated once again why she is regarded as one of the best shot stoppers in the women’s game with a save by her outstretched legs.
In immediate response Liverpool went in search of their second when a cross from the left was met by Hincks but once again the afternoon’s top-class goalkeeping display halted any additions to the scoresheet.
Liverpool – so desperately short of firepower in recent games – appeared rejuvenated in attack as Danni Buet and Hincks continued to interchange passes and test the home side’s defence. Chelsea’s back-four were rigid under the orders of captain Kylie Davies who often kept he her team in the game.
On the 80 minute mark the summer gave way to lashings of rain but the downpour did little to dampen the action. Laura Coombs found herself 25-yards from with the ball bouncing irresistibly before she struck a volley that Gibbons did well to save.
On the final whistle Liverpool’s elated players were in celebratory mood as they finally broken their long-running WSL hoodoo.
The win does not alter the Merseyside club’s position at the bottom of the table but it goes someway to rewarding the work that tireless captain Vicky Jones and dedicated manager Johnson have done for the team.
Chelsea:Telford; Fay, Perry, Davies, Bonner; Hincks, Coombs, Moorwood ( 60 Champ), Buet; Lander (Cole 80), Longhurst (Plewa 85)
Subs: Quantrill, Hills,
Liverpool:Gibbons; Chappell, V Jones, Twohig, Brusekk; Foster, Jones, Harding, Shepherd, C Jones (Bailey 75), E Jones
Subs; Watson, Charlton