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Chelsea 4 (Aluko 11,42, Ward 48, Jakobsson 73) Doncaster Rovers Belles 0
Two superb first half goals from Eniola Aluko sent Chelsea on their way to a victory which takes them back into third place in the FA WSL table.
The Blues gave a debut to star signing, Japanese international Yuki Ogimi, and the team responded with a fine performance but the margin of defeat was tough on Doncaster Rovers Belles which contributed much to an entertaining game at Staines.
Indeed it was the Belles who carved out the first opportunity when Jess Sigsworth cut in from the left and forced a near post save from Carly Telford but on the eleven minute mark, Chelsea took the lead.
Aluko had had a goal disallowed for offside shortly before but this time, Helen Ward's pass released her on goal and the England striker showed great composure by rounding Nicola Davies and slotting home.
Ogimi almost made a big impression three minutes later when Ward broke down the right and squared the ball to her but her first time lob dropped inches over the bar.
Doncaster hit back with Millie Bright heading wide from a Sue Smith free kick but Chelsea continued to look sharp going forward and Ward threatened a second goal when latching onto a Helen Bleazard pass but she was halted by a great tackle from Leandra Little.
Sigsworth was impressing up front for the Belles and after driving a shot wide from the edge of the area, she went even closer when racing on to a Julie Melrose pass and beating two challenges before shooting just wide of the far post.
Back came Chelsea and it took a tremendous save by Davies to prevent her side from going two behind. Sofia Jakobsson played the ball into the area and Ward's shot on the turn was kept out at full stretch by the Belles keeper.
Aluko had an angled shot saved by Davies following a good passing move but she was to strike in style just ahead of the interval. Receiving the ball on the left, she cut in and exchanged passes with Ward before sweeping a confident finish past Davies for the second goal.
Hopes of a Doncaster comeback after the break were hugely dented within three minutes of the restart. Jakobsson did well to escape from Lauren Cresswell and into the area and after her shot came back off the far post, Ward was on hand to tuck the rebound home from close range.
Moments later, Sigsworth made a surging run which carried her into the area and was unlucky to see her shot hit the post and bounce away from the oncoming Smith.
Chelsea were playing some fine football though and Jakobsson was in excellent form on the right. Another powerful run took her to the line before finding Ward whose shot was charged down by Little, the ball running loose for Hannah Blundell who fired narrowly over.
Little made another great sliding challenge to prevent Ward from getting in on goal from Dani Buet's long ball but Chelsea were to add a fourth just five minutes later. Ogimi tricked her way past Lyndsey Cunningham on the left before crossing and although Buet miscued her volley, Jakobsson reacted quickest to slide the ball past Davies.
It had not been Doncaster's day and this was perhaps summed up when Smith unleashed a 25-yard strike which looked destined for the top corner but Telford pulled off a superb save, turning the ball over the bar. The resulting corner found its way to Naomi Chadwick whose well struck shot was charged down by Sophie Ingle.
Chelsea gave debuts late on to 17-year-olds Jodie Brett and Rosella Ayane and on the strength of this performance, they will be tough opponents for any side they meet in the remainder of the season. There was also encouragement for the Belles in their quest to climb off the bottom as they played a lot better than the scoreline suggests.
Chelsea: Carly Telford, Hannah Blundell, Helen Bleazard, Sophie Ingle, Ester Dos Santos, Katie Holtham, Yuki Ogimi, Danielle Buet, Eniola Aluko (sub Dunia Susi 64mins), Helen Ward (sub Jodie Brett 70mins), Sofia Jakobsson (sub Rosella Ayane 78mins). Subs not used: Marie Hourihan, Naomi Cole, Drew Spence, Kylie Davies.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Davies, Lyndsey Cunningham, Lauren Cresswell, Leandra Little, Victoria Williams, Kasia Lipka, Julie Melrose (sub Ashleigh Mills 61mins), Sue Smith, Jess Sigsworth (sub Danielle Cox 85mins), Millie Bright, Beth England (sub Naomi Chadwick 61mins). Subs not used: Emma Higgins, Jemma Purfield, Rhiannon Roberts, Emma Johnson.
(top) Millie Bright heads just wide under pressure from Katie Holtham
(middle) Jess Sigsworth takes on Katie Holtham
(bottom) Lauren Cresswell clears away from two-goal Eniola Aluko
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