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Yuki double sets up Chelsea victory
 Women's Football News 18 Apr 2014
 
Yuki double sets up Chelsea victory - 18 Apr 2014 - Women's Football NewsBristol Academy 0 Chelsea 2 (Ogimi 7,32)
Yuki Ogimi scored both goals as Chelsea made an impressive start to their FA WSL 1 campaign with a convincing in over last year's runners-up at Stoke Gifford. 
 
There was a sign of things to come as early as the fourth minute when Eniola Aluko ran at the Academy defence before bringing out a save from Mary Earps at her near post.
 
There was no escape for the home side shortly afterwards though as Hannah Blundell floated in a cross from the left for an unmarked Ogimi, who made no mistake in guiding her header past Earps from six yards to put her side ahead.
 
Chelsea continued to look slick going forward with Ji So-Yun at the heart of most of their passing moves and the South Korean international fired over after Aluko had laid off Jackie Groenen's cross into her path.
 
Academy mustered up their first attempt with Angharad James sending a shot over the bar following a corner but in general they endured a nightmare first half in which they gave away possession on numerous occasions.
 
Ji tried her luck from long range with a shot that was gathered by Earps but Chelsea were finally rewarded with a second goal just after the half hour, when Aluko and Ji combined to set up Ogimi who gave Earps no chance with an unerring left foot finish inside the far post.
 
It could have been three just a minute later as Aluko beat Corinne Yorston and raced towards the edge of the area but her shot flashed across the face of goal.
 
Academy's most threatening moment of the first half came shortly before the break when Natasha Harding did well to work space down the left and drill in a low cross which just evaded Yorston in front of goal.
 
Aluko went close within one minute of the restart as she chased a long ball and sent in a shot which was tipped over the bar by Earps.
 
The home side came into the game much more in the second half but it was Chelsea who continued to carve out the chances and Ogimi was inches away from a hat-trick before the hour mark when she collected a pass from Danielle Buet and drilled a low shot against the post.
 
Academy responded with Harding shooting over after intercepting a pass out of defence but Chelsea had a great chance to extend their lead when Aluko won a 50-50 challenge with Jaz Matthews and went clear on goal but the striker probably should have done better as she took her shot early, although Earps did deny her with a smart save.
 
The introduction of Laura Del Rio gave Academy extra attacking impetus and she threatened with some good runs down the wing. One such run almost led to a goal as her centre was headed back across goal by James and although Harding had an open goal in front of her, the ball had come slightly behind her and she was unable to direct her header into the net.
 
Chelsea hit back with Buet crossing for Ogimi whose header brought out an excellent save from Earps, who also made another fine stop to her right from Aluko who had been found in the area by a good sliding pass from Ji.
 
Natalia Pablos Sanchon had a downward header saved by Marie Hourihan from a Nikki Watts cross and James, who worked hard in midfield, blazed a shot over but it had not been a good night for Academy and Chelsea ran out very worthy winners. 
 
Bristol Academy: Mary Earps, Grace McCatty, Corinne Yorston, Jaz Matthews, Jemma Rose, Frankie Brown (sub Nikki Watts 53mins), Natalia Pablos Sanchon, Angharad James, Natasha Harding, Sophie Ingle, Loren Dykes (sub Laura Del Rio 64mins). Subs not used: Ann Marie Heatherson, Ellie Curson, Vera Bernabe.

Chelsea: Marie Hourihan, Danielle Buet (sub Anne Meiwald 75mins), Hannah Blundell, Laura Bassett, Gilly Flaherty, Emma Wilhelmsson, Yuki Ogimi, Laura Coombs, Eniola Aluko, Ji So-Yun (sub Rosella Ayane 85mins), Jackie Groenen (sub Jodie Brett 82mins). Subs not used: Rachel Williams, Katie Chapman, Laura Rafferty, Sara Moreira.

Photos:

(top) Laura Bassett makes a clearance away from Sophie Ingle
(middle) Angharad James attempts an unusual challenge on Eniola Aluko
(bottom) Corinne Yorston can't quite get on the end of a cross under pressure from Marie Hourihan and Laura Bassett


 
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