Chelsea earned a 1-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday, closing the hole behind Ladies’s Tremendous League leaders Arsenal to only two factors with a recreation in hand.
Emma Hayes’ aspect, who dominated massive spells of the match, opened the scoring on 14 minutes with a looping header from midfielder Guro Reiten. City discovered their groove later within the contest however had been unable to discover a well past Chelsea’s steadfast defence.
Chelsea took benefit of their stumbling London rivals Arsenal, who had been held to a 1-1 draw in opposition to Manchester United on Saturday.
Sunday’s outcome on the Kingsmeadow Stadium units up a top-of the-table grudge match when Arsenal journey to Chelsea on Friday.
Chelsea dominated the opening spell and earned an early reward as Jess Carter discovered area on the proper flank earlier than floating a cross into the field the place it was met by the top of Reiten.
The reigning WSL champions continued to pile on stress, with the league’s main scorer, striker Sam Kerr, attracting a lot of the eye from the City defenders.
City discovered a foothold within the recreation halfway via the primary half, and the guests got here closest when ahead Jess Park fired a volley from the sting of the field, forcing an excellent diving save from dwelling goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger.
Kerr practically doubled Chelsea’s lead moments into the second half when she raced down the left wing earlier than slotting broad previous City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck. One other flurry of possibilities for Chelsea adopted, together with two denied penalty calls — first, when Erin Cuthbert went down within the field underneath a problem from Ruby Mace, adopted by a close-range handball shout after Penille More durable’s cross discovered Mace’s hand.
City dominated the rest of the competition as Chelsea appeared to carry on to an necessary three factors, and the perfect of the customer’s possibilities got here when Caroline Weir snatched at an excellent alternative on the demise after she collected an over-the-top via ball and dribbled to the left-hand aspect of the six yard field however struck a disappointing looped shot that failed to bother goalkeeper Berger.
The outcome meant Chelsea accomplished a league double over City, having beforehand stormed to a 4-0 victory when the 2 sides met within the reverse fixture in November.
City stay in fifth place, a big decline for a aspect that has completed second the final five-consecutive seasons since lifting their maiden WSL title in 2016.
This season’s WSL has been one of many closest fought in its 12-year historical past, with simply six factors separating the highest 4 sides.