Sunday 7 August 2011
Liverpool claimed their first victory of the season, as Chloe Jones gave them all three points at Chelsea.
Liverpool Ladies secured their first WSL win of the season, as they recorded a victory away to Chelsea.
Chloe Jones showed why the club signed her from Leicester, as she bagged the only goal of the game and was a constant threat to Chelsea with her dead ball deliveries.
Nicky Twohig returned from suspension to replace Beth Bailey at the heart of the defence, whilst the only other change from Wednesday’s draw with Doncaster saw Cheryl Foster replace Ruesha Littlejohn.
And it was Twohig that came closest to opening the scoring, as she met a Chloe Jones corner forcefully, only to see her header cleared off the line by Danni Buet.
However, Chelsea’s goal was soon to be breached, as Chloe Jones swung a corner into the near post, with the ball seemingly evading everyone to nestle in the net.
There were suspicions that it may have deflected of the back of Chelsea midfielder, Buet, but Jones was not to be denied her first goal in Liverpool colours and took the adulation of her team-mates.
Buet tried to make amends as she gained some space down the right-hand side, but blazed her shot over the bar, as Chelsea struggled to get a foothold in the game.
Kelly Jones was causing the Chelsea defence all sorts of problems, with her direct running always threatening a goal.
A last ditch challenge from Lara Fay was required to deny her after 27 minutes, before Kelly snatched at a loose ball from the resulting corner and saw her strike narrowly fly over the crossbar.
It took Chelsea 33 minutes to force Dani Gibbons into action, as Ashlee Hincks 25-yard shot forced the Liverpool to stopper into a fine save down low.
Buet then shot wide, as Chelsea upped the pressure going into the half-time break, with Gibbons required again to deny Helen Lander to ensure Liverpool retained their lead going into the interval.
Half-Time: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool
Liverpool regained the upper hand as the second half got underway, with Nicky Twohig unfortunate not to double the advantage, as she latched onto another fine delivery from Chloe Jones, only to find her close range effort rebound off Blues ‘keeper, Carly Telford.
The game then entered a scrappy stage, with Chelsea becoming frustrated by their inability to create chances against the team that had conceded the most goals in the division.
A Chelsea corner led to a goalmouth scramble, with the Blues unable to divert the ball goalwards, as the game passed the hour mark.
Cheryl Foster should have doubled the advantage on 69 minutes, as a fantastic centre from Kelly Jones found her in acres of space, only to divert the ball wide of the post.
Liverpool were in the ascendency, as Kate Brusell forced Telford into a close range save, before Kelly Jones hit the post, with the Blues’ ‘keeper beaten.
A minute later, and Liverpool were thankful to Gibbons for keeping their advantage, as Hincks raced clear on goal. The Reds’ stopper stayed big however, deflecting the ball away with her legs.
Liverpool came back again, with Kelly Jones denied again by Telford, and Brusell seeing her long range cracker whistle past the post.
As the rain started pouring down, so did the Chelsea pressure, as they upped the tempo in the final ten minutes in search of an equaliser.
Hincks couldn’t quite wrap her foot around a loose ball, toe-poking the ball wide of the post, before Gemma Bonner missed the target with a header from a Buet free-kick after Brusell had gone into the book for a wild challenge.
Sophie Perry found Twohig in the way once again, whilst Chelsea nearly snatched an undeserved equaliser at the death through Laura Coombs, but Gibbons was on hand once again to protect her clean sheet and ensure Liverpool claimed their first three-point haul of the season.
Full Time: Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool