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Ruthless WSL champions Chelsea set six past Man Utd

Champions Chelsea issued a statement of intent to their title rivals as they ruthlessly ended Manchester United's unbeaten start to the season.Fran Kirby opened the scoring with her 50th Women's Super League goal inside the first two minutes. Pernille Harder doubled the Blues' lead with a superb solo effort before Sam Kerr tapped home a…

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Champions Chelsea issued a assertion of intent to their title rivals as they ruthlessly ended Manchester United's unbeaten begin to the season.

Fran Kirby opened the scoring alongside with her 50th Ladies folk's Fat League purpose right via the first two minutes.

Pernille More difficult doubled the Blues' lead with a improbable solo effort outdated to Sam Kerr tapped home a 3rd.

Alessia Russo's deflected strike gave United hope, but Kerr, Drew Spence and Jessie Fleming added Chelsea desires.

Having been horrified by Arsenal within the season opener, Chelsea expertly negotiated this complex away assignment with a devastating mix of aggressive pressing, proper passing and clinical finishing.

For United, it became as soon as a reminder of the stage they maintain to reach in expose to stammer Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester Metropolis after starting their marketing campaign with total wins over Reading and Leicester under fresh boss Marc Skinner.

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Chelsea had been nearly gifted a purpose after 15 seconds when United keeper Mary Earps overhit her pass to Maria Thorisdottir, allowing Sam Kerr to shoot from the fringe of the box.

And while Earps managed to retain the Australian's low strike out with a sturdy left hand, there became as soon as nothing she might perchance presumably salvage to cease Kirby from capitalising on a sloppy United error.

Making an try to play out from the aid, Hannah Blundell bumped into anguish and passed straight to Kerr, who squared the ball for Kirby to faucet home.

United managed to determine after Chelsea's rapid begin, but rapidly found themselves with a mountain to climb when More difficult demonstrated her tempo and vitality to double the away facet's advantage.

Pouncing on a heavy touch from Jackie Groenen, the Dane stormed up the pitch, breezed past Thorisdottir and lightly lifted the ball over the onrushing Earps.

Pernille Harder celebrates her goal
Pernille More difficult's ultimate solo strike doubled Chelsea's lead after 24 minutes

Kerr nearly struck a ideal third 5 minutes outdated to the spoil after being teed up by Kirby, but her first-time effort whistled ideal the immoral facet of Earps' staunch-hand put up.

From the purpose-kick, nonetheless, United captain Hannah Zelem conceded possession and, in a roles reversal from the first purpose, Kirby found Kerr, who slotted Chelsea correct into a three-purpose lead.

United boss Skinner launched Russo on the spoil and the England ahead's affect became as soon as instantaneous, latching on to Ella Toone's pass and beating Chelsea keeper Ann-Katrin Berger resulting from a heavy deflection off Millie Vivid. Russo additionally rattled the crossbar with a rasping power in an agree with-catching display.

The house facet's hopes of a revival had been overwhelmed three minutes after Russo's purpose, nonetheless, when Kerr struck for the 2nd time, even though the striker appeared as if it will maintain strayed offside outdated to she converted Kirby's walk on the 2nd try.

Spence and Fleming each struck gradual as Emma Hayes' substitutes set additional gloss on the scoreline and cap a dominant display by the champions.

Line-ups

Man Utd Ladies folk

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Earps
  • 6Blundell
  • 5Mannion
  • 3Thorisdottir
  • 17Batlle
  • 10Zelem
  • 14GroenenSubstituted forLaddat 66'minutes
  • 18Hanson
  • 37StaniforthSubstituted forRussoat 45'minutes
  • 11GaltonSubstituted forJonesat 82'minutes
  • 7Toone

Substitutes

  • 2Harris
  • 8Risa
  • 12Ladd
  • 13Fuso
  • 23Russo
  • 24Jones
  • 32Baggaley

Chelsea Ladies folk

Formation 3-4-3

  • 30Berger
  • 4Vivid
  • 7Carter
  • 16Eriksson
  • 21CharlesSubstituted forAnderssonat 58'minutes
  • 5Ingle
  • 8Leupolz
  • 11ReitenSubstituted forFoxat 79'minutes
  • 14KirbySubstituted forEnglandat 78'minutes
  • 20KerrSubstituted forSpenceat 84'minutes
  • 23More difficultSubstituted forFlemingat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Musovic
  • 3Nouwen
  • 9England
  • 10Ji
  • 17Fleming
  • 24Spence
  • 25Andersson
  • 28Telford
  • 29Fox

Referee:
Kirsty Dowle

Attendance:
2,197

Dwell Text

  1. Match ends, Manchester United Ladies folk 1, Chelsea Ladies folk 6.

  2. Second Half ends, Manchester United Ladies folk 1, Chelsea Ladies folk 6.

  3. Function! Manchester United Ladies folk 1, Chelsea Ladies folk 6. Jessie Fleming (Chelsea Ladies folk) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the prime staunch nook following a rapid spoil.

  4. Strive saved. Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies folk) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved within the underside staunch nook. Assisted by Jessie Fleming.

  5. Corner, Manchester United Ladies folk. Conceded by Drew Spence.

  6. Strive saved. Ella Toone (Manchester United Ladies folk) staunch footed shot from the centre of the box is saved within the prime left nook. Assisted by Kirsty Hanson.

  7. Function! Manchester United Ladies folk 1, Chelsea Ladies folk 5. Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies folk) staunch footed shot from the centre of the box to the underside left nook. Assisted by Bethany England.

  8. Alessia Russo (Manchester United Ladies folk) wins a free kick within the attacking half.

  9. Inappropriate by Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Ladies folk).

  10. Inappropriate by Katie Zelem (Manchester United Ladies folk).

  11. Bethany England (Chelsea Ladies folk) wins a free kick on the staunch flee.

  12. Substitution, Chelsea Ladies folk. Drew Spence replaces Sam Kerr.

  13. Substitution, Manchester United Ladies folk. Carrie Jones replaces Leah Galton.

  14. Inappropriate by Ella Toone (Manchester United Ladies folk).

  15. Jonna Andersson (Chelsea Ladies folk) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

  16. Katie Zelem (Manchester United Ladies folk) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

  17. Inappropriate by Bethany England (Chelsea Ladies folk).

  18. Strive overlooked. Hayley Ladd (Manchester United Ladies folk) left footed shot from outside the box is excessive and wide to the left. Assisted by Alessia Russo.

  19. Corner, Manchester United Ladies folk. Conceded by Jorja Fox.

  20. Substitution, Chelsea Ladies folk. Jorja Fox replaces Guro Reiten.

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