Match Report: Liverpool Ladies 0 Chelsea Ladies 1

Mjelde (14′)

Liverpool Ladies: Chamberlain; Murray, Stoney, Bonner (C), Greenwood; Ingle, Coombs, Longhurst; Charles (Hodson, 73′), Harding, Clarke (Weir, 73′)

Substitutes: Flaherty, Fletcher, Harris, Johnson, Hodson, Weir

The Reds were narrowly beaten by league leaders Chelsea, thanks to an early Maren Mjelde goal.

The league leaders continued their excellent start to the season as they kept their third consecutive clean sheet.

Liverpool were forced to defend well against a Chelsea side that has scored twelve times already this season. The opening goal came, however, as Gemma Davison’s cross found Maren Mjelde, who fired home her third league goal so far this season. South Korean Ji So-Yun also had chances, but goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain worked hard to deny her.

Liverpool’s best chance of the game came as Jess Clarke broke free of the Chelsea defence, but a poor touch squandered the opportunity.

Goal scorer Maren Mjelde could’ve doubled her tally late on, if not for a great save from Chamberlain.

Manger Scott Rogers said: “we’re disappointed with the result, but I’m proud of them for that performance. We worked all week and part of the game plan was to take our opportunities when they came.

“We did have one or two opportunities and I felt we limited Chelsea to playing a lot in front of us. They’re always going to get moments because they’ve got world-class players, so overall it’s a good base to move forward from.

“The game-plan was almost there, if Jess (Clarke) had gone through one-on-one halfway through the second half it would have been 1-1.

He was full of praise for Jess Clarke saying: “[she] has run endlessly, it’s difficult on her own with the way we were playing and she did really well.”

Liverpool Ladies’ next game is at home to Sheffield Ladies on the 11th of October, kick off is at 7:00pm.

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