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Birmingham City 2 (Christiansen 46, Potter 54) Chelsea 1 (Blundell 71)
Jo Potter scored a spectacular second half goal as Birmingham City maintained their unbeaten start to the FA WSL and picked up their first win, denying Chelsea the opportunity to return to the top of the table.
The first half was very evenly contested with Birmingham having the better of the chances during the early stages. Issy Christiansen drove along the edge of the area after receiving the ball from a throw in and her left foot shot went wide, then Kirsty Linnett tried her luck from long range with an effort which was held by returning Chelsea goalkeeper Carly Telford.
The frenetic pace of the first half continued with both teams working hard to try and wrest control of the game. Melissa Lawley volleyed wide from outside the area and then Kerys Harrop brought out a save from Telford.
Chelsea grew stronger as an attacking force as the half wore on and produced the best move so far when Eniola Aluko's pass was laid off by Helen Bleazard and into the path of Helen Ward whose shot was touched past the post by Marie Hourihan.
Hourihan was again called into action when saving from Sofia Jakobsson and Aluko had a shot charged down by Emily Westwood as Chelsea finished the half well but the scoreline was goalless at the interval.
That all changed at the start of the second half though, Birmingham taking the lead just 12 seconds after the restart. Linnett's pass was latched onto by Christiansen who made her way into the area before drilling a low angled shot past Telford and into the far corner of the net for the opening goal.
Eight minutes later, the Blues doubled their lead with one of the goals of the season. Although the ball broke fortuitously to her, Olina Vidarsdottir's pass cannoning off the referee and into her path, there was nothing lucky about the strike as Potter picked up the loose ball and fired an unstoppable 35-yard shot beyond the reach of Telford and into the top corner.
Chelsea responded well to going two goals behind and began to look dangerous again going forward. Jakobsson forced a save from Hourihan after cutting in from the right and Danielle Buet was just over with a dipping shot from long range.
Their efforts were rewarded soon afterwards as they brought themselves back into the game with another excellent goal. A good period of possession, consisting of around 15-20 passes, culminated with Jakobsson finding Buet, who picked out Hannah Blundell on the edge of the area. The youngster, who had only been on the pitch a couple of minutes, gave Hourihan no chance as she curled a delightful right foot shot into the far corner.
Chelsea fought hard to try and get themselves back on level terms but could not fashion another clear cut chance as Birmingham, who have had difficulties holding on to leads this season, stood firm with Laura Bassett marshalling her defence and Jade Moore constantly snapping into tackles in the midfield area.
There was a scare for Birmingham late on as star striker Rachel Williams went off with a dislocated finger but five minutes later they could finally celebrate their first league win following three successive draws which opened their season.
Birmingham City: Marie Hourihan, Chelsea Weston, Kerys Harrop, Jade Moore, Emily Westwood, Laura Bassett, Issy Christiansen, Rachel Williams (sub Katie Wilkinson 89mins), Kirsty Linnett (sub Cristina Torkildsen 74mins), Melissa Lawley, Jo Potter. Subs not used: Emily Simpkins, Hannah George, Mary Earps, Coral Haines.
Chelsea: Carly Telford, Dunia Susi, Olina Vidarsdottir (sub Hannah Blundell 69mins), Edda Gardarsdottir (sub Ester Dos Santos 51mins), Kylie Davies, Katie Holtham, Helen Bleazard (sub Drew Spence 61mins), Danielle Buet, Eniola Aluko, Helen Ward, Sofia Jakobsson. Subs not used: Naomi Cole, Jessica Myers, Laura Coombs, Kate Longhurst.
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