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Chelsea 3 (Lander 29, Susi 58,90) Doncaster Rovers Belles 1 (Lagonia 24)
Chelsea made a winning start to the FA WSL season after two second half goals from Dunia Susi gave them the points against Doncaster Rovers Belles at Staines.
Doncaster's debutant goalkeeper Jasmine Elliott was not unduly troubled by the hosts in a low-key start to the match, with the windy, rainy conditions proving difficult to negotiate.
The Belles, who finished seventh last season, grew into the match and took a deserved lead midway through the first half.
Chelsea goalkeeper Carly Telford spilled a cross from the right and Alyssa Lagonia was on hand to tuck the ball home. The lead lasted just six minutes, though, as Helen Lander swept the ball home with a sweet half volley to level things up.
Chelsea's half time substitutes, Ashlee Hincks and Claire Rafferty, combined as the latter's cross was hit home by Dunia Susi on 58 minutes.
Doncaster have two efforts cleared off the line in a minute late on in the game, Lyndsey Cunningham hit one rebound over before Sophie Perry came to Chelsea's rescue on the second occasion.
Chelsea made sure of the points in time added on when Susi cut inside to fire home a low drive for her second goal of the afternoon.
Chelsea: Carly Telford, Sophie Perry, Gemma Bonner, Victoria Williams, Dunia Susi, Danielle Buet, Katie Sherwood (sub Suzanne Lappin 60), Sophie Ingle, Helen Bleazard (sub Ashlee Hincks 45mins), Laura Coombs (sub Claire Rafferty 45mins), Helen Lander.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Jasmine Elliott, Lyndsey Cunningham, Leandra Little, Katie Holtham, Aine O'Gorman, Alyssa Lagonia (sub Beth England 69), Julie-Ann Russell, Kasia Lipka, Tanya Oxtoby, Lillie Fenlon-Billson (sub Jess Sigsworth 72mins), Naomi Chadwick.
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
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