DONCASTER Rovers Belles flattered to deceive as they crashed to their first FA Women’s Super League defeat against Chelsea Ladies in an entertaining encounter at the Keepmoat Stadium yesterday.
The visitors came from a goal down to score four without reply, three of them coming in a dominant second half display.
It was sweet revenge for the London side who had lost 1-0 at home against John Buckley’s side in their WFA Cup fifth round tie prior to the start of the inaugural WSL campaign.
The first chance fell to the Belles after three minutes, Chelsea defender Gemma Bonner doing well to block a goalbound effort by Precious Hamilton at the expense of a corner. Hamilton was always a threat but Belles were unable to build on their early momentum.
Belles’ skipper Vicky Exley was well off target with a header from a corner.
Exley did much better on 24 minutes, powering her far post header from left-back Kylla Sjoman’s corner past keeper Carly Telford to make it 1-0.
Belles put together some neat passages of play at times, particularly in down their right flank, but more often than not the final pass was poor.
A dreadful mistake by Telford, who had come out of her area to try and beat Hamilton to the ball, looked to have gifted the Doncaster player a certain goal but she was denied a shooting chance by a superb tackle by left-back Claire Rafferty.
Chelsea rode their luck and instead of finding themselves 2-0 down they were soon back on level terms. And what a goal it was.
Buet spotted that Belles keeper Helen Anderson was slightly off her line and chipped the ball over her head with an angled shot from about 35 yards on 40 minutes.
Chelsea took the lead three minutes after the restart. Danni Bird took advantage of some hesitancy by Lyndsey Cunningham and Alderson to poke the ball into the net with angled shot from the edge of the six-yard box.
Hamilton went past Bonner only to for skipper Kylie Davies to block her angled shot at the expense of a corner from which Telford did well to punch clear under pressure from Hamilton.
Chelsea extended their lead with a fine 20 yard strike by Hincks and it was 4-1 when sub Emma Plewa was given the time and space to rifle the ball home from just outside the box.
Belles: Alderson Cunningham (Cunningham 69) Holtham Karlsson Hall (Cox 75) Exley O’Gorman Hamilton Lipka (Turner 80) Sjoman Williams Unused subs: Earps, Chadwick