Katie Stengel scored two penalties on her Ladies’s Tremendous League debut as defending champions Chelsea have been surprised by newly promoted Liverpool.
Chelsea took the lead when Fran Kirby transformed from the penalty spot after Gilly Flaherty collided with Guro Reiten. Sam Kerr noticed an effort dominated offside whereas Liverpool capitalised on their second-half possibilities to finish the Blues’ 13-game unbeaten streak whereas celebrating their return to the highest flight in entrance of a report 3,006 followers at Prenton Park.
Stengel joked she was simply making an attempt to keep away from embarrassing herself on her Ladies’s Tremendous League debut. “I informed myself don’t miss, please don’t miss, all of those individuals right here will make enjoyable of me if I miss,” the American informed Sky Sports activities. “I used to be like, I’ve to alter it up, and I obtained fortunate I assume.”
The striker stated the end result was right down to her crew’s dedication, and an invigorating half-time pep discuss from the pinnacle coach, Matt Beard. “He simply reiterated we have now to consider in ourselves,” she added. “[He said:]‘We will win this recreation and it’s simply one other crew on the market, one other 11 gamers, and we ready all pre-season so why not consider in ourselves?’”
Chelsea’s head coach, Emma Hayes, was annoyed however insisted she was not fearful for her facet. “It’s not like in open play they’ve had a number of photographs, they’ve simply maximised the conditions, and for us going ahead I don’t assume we may hit a barn door as we speak,” she stated. “I say it on a regular basis, what’s to be fearful about shedding a soccer match. I’m not emotional about it. I believe we have now to mirror, watch it again and subsequent week’s a brand new week.”
The previous Chelsea defender Flaherty obtained her new facet off to an unlucky begin, mistiming her clearance and as an alternative making contact with Reiten to concede a penalty inside the primary minute. Kirby stepped as much as the spot and despatched Rachael Legal guidelines the unsuitable manner inside three minutes, her twenty ninth purpose in her final 31 begins for the membership.
Emma Koivisto had an opportunity to stage quickly after when the Chelsea keeper Zecira Musovic failed to carry on to a Ceri Holland effort and the Finnish defender pounced on the rebound however despatched her effort over the bar.
The defending champions dominated all through the opening exchanges with Lauren James, who earned her first England cap this month, trying particularly shiny down the best wing.
They seemed to double their benefit on the 20-minute mark when Kirby despatched an extended ball excessive to Kerr, who simply fired previous Legal guidelines from 18 yards however her volleyed effort was instantly dominated offside.
Beard’s facet have been dealt a blow when Leanne Kiernan was compelled off, supported by two employees, after she was introduced down by Chelsea debutant Kadeisha Buchanan. However Liverpool obtained the breakthrough they have been in search of when Flaherty’s flick-on from a throw-in caught Millie Vibrant’s arm and was referred to as for handball, and Stengel coolly scored her first WSL purpose.
5 minutes from time, Stengel broke down the best and into the world, pursued by Buchanan who introduced her down with a sliding deal with to arrange Stengel for her game-winning second penalty.