Chelsea 2-0 Leicester Metropolis: Pernille Tougher and Fran Kirby targets sink Foxes

Chelsea have scored in every of their previous 56 WSL fixtures

Late targets from Chelsea’s Pernille Tougher and Fran Kirby denied Leicester Metropolis a primary level within the Ladies’s Tremendous League at Kingsmeadow.

Substitute Tougher stabbed dwelling a Jessie Fleming cut-back to lastly break the guests’ resistance after 82 minutes.

And Fran Kirby slotted dwelling in stoppage time as Chelsea moved into second, behind Arsenal on objective distinction.

Promoted Leicester had appeared set to be the primary WSL crew to maintain a clear sheet in opposition to Chelsea in three years.

Sam Kerr had seen an effort cleared off the road whereas Foxes keeper Kirstie Levell made a collection of excellent saves.

Defeat means Leicester grow to be the primary WSL facet to lose their first 5 video games of the season since Yeovil misplaced their opening six in 2018.

Champions Chelsea final failed to attain in a league sport in a 0-0 draw with Birmingham in October 2018, however for 82 minutes Leicester appeared set to maintain them out.

Niamh Charles went shut with an early header whereas Fleming pressured a nice save from Levell with a robust effort from lengthy vary.

Tougher, who was introduced on on the break, pressured one other good cease from Levell within the 62nd minute moments after Jessica Sigsworth had cleared a Magdalena Eriksson effort off the road.

Denmark ahead Tougher broke the impasse with eight minutes remaining earlier than Kirby sealed the win on the counter-attack.

Chelsea gamers and workers had joined arms earlier than the sport in solidarity with gamers within the US who’ve made sexual misconduct allegations in opposition to English coach Paul Riley.

Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League crew North Carolina Braveness sacked Riley following the allegations, which he denies.

Line-ups

Chelsea Ladies

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Musovic
  • 4Vivid
  • 3Nouwen
  • 16ErikssonSubstituted forCuthbertat 73′minutes
  • 17Fleming
  • 5IngleSubstituted forJiat 65′minutes
  • 24SpenceSubstituted forTougherat 45′minutes
  • 25AnderssonSubstituted forReitenat 65′minutes
  • 14Kirby
  • 9EnglandSubstituted forKerrat 45′minutes
  • 21Charles

Substitutes

  • 7Carter
  • 8Leupolz
  • 10Ji
  • 11Reiten
  • 20Kerr
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 23Tougher
  • 29Fox
  • 30Berger

Leicester Metropolis Ladies

Formation 4-4-2

  • 28Levell
  • 6Brougham
  • 5McManus
  • 22Plumptre
  • 23PurfieldBooked at 31mins
  • 27O’BrienSubstituted forde Graafat 70′minutes
  • 3Tierney
  • 8Pike
  • 21Cain
  • 7FlintSubstituted forBailey-Gayleat 70′minutes
  • 9SigsworthSubstituted forHowardat 89′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lambourne
  • 14de Graaf
  • 15Howard
  • 17Bailey-Gayle
  • 20Zajmi
  • 37Brown
  • 40Robinson
  • 48Harris

Referee:
Lisa Benn

Attendance:
2,716

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