Earlier than their match in opposition to Chelsea within the Girls’s Tremendous League, Liverpool have been hailed as ‘probably the most improved workforce within the competitors’, however they got a harsh lesson.
Chelsea Girls 5-1 Liverpool Girls
Girls’s Tremendous League, Stamford Bridge
Saturday November 18th
Objectives: James 11′ 56′ 64′, Beever-Jones 24′, Nusken 78′; Voerman EN 13′
“Liverpool are probably the most improved workforce within the league,” Chelsea supervisor Emma Hayes assessed earlier than the match.
“4 video games unbeaten, however the way in which they play, their physicality and their press makes it troublesome so that you can construct on.”
Hayes, who’s managing Chelsea in her closing season earlier than taking on america nationwide workforce, insisted her facet have been beneath “no illusions” about their guests.
However in entrance of 12,802 followers at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, the distinction between the champions and the league’s rising energy was made clear.
Liverpool have been made to pay for pricey errors, not least within the build-up to the opener, when Jenna Clark stepped out of protection and performed a weird infield cross that led to a Chelsea counter.
Lauren James made little use of her end however was knocked out two minutes later when Shanice van de Sanden pressured an personal aim from Jess Carter.
From then on it was Chelsea assault, with James scoring twice extra, together with objectives from Aggie Beever-Jones and Sjoeke Nusken, guaranteeing a 5-1 win for the hosts.
It was not with out controversy, with the Reds denied a penalty when Ceri Holland was introduced down on the sting of the penalty space.
Sophie Roman Haug additionally appeared to have headed the ball in, however after initially suggesting a aim, the referee dominated that the ball had not crossed the road earlier than being cleared.
Liverpool had not performed badly, however have been outclassed by Chelsea, who should not solely reigning champions, but in addition prime of the desk this season.
Defeat leaves Matt Beard’s facet fifth, though they might drop to sixth on Sunday relying on the results of the Manchester derby.
A win over Chelsea would have meant they might have, at the very least briefly, moved into second place after taking 11 factors from their first six league video games.
LFC girls: Legal guidelines; Fish, Bonner, Clark; Koivisto (Parry 74′), Hobinger (Kearns 46′), Nagano, Holland, Hinds; Roman Haug (Lawley 86′), Van de Sanden (Kiernan 74′)
Subs not used: Micah, Taylor, Lundgaard, Flint, Enderby
Subsequent recreation: Man United (H) – WSL Cup – Wednesday 22 November, 7pm (GMT)