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Chelsea one win from title
 Women's Football News 6 Oct 2014
 
Chelsea one win from title - 6 Oct 2014 - Women's Football NewsChelsea 5 (Williams 1,36, Aluko 12,43, Blundell 81) Everton 2 (Whipp 17, Parris 32)
Chelsea took themselves to the brink of their first ever FA WSL title as they picked up the first of the two wins that they require to win the league against relegated Everton, who made a big contribution to a pulsating match at Staines. 
 
In fact, Emma Hayes' side were just three minutes away from being confirmed as Champions but Karen Carney's late winner for Birmingham City at Manchester City and Gemma Davison's equaliser for Liverpool at Arsenal means that the title race will go down to the last day, with three teams still having an interest.
 
Things could hardly have started better for Chelsea when, in their first attack, Eniola Aluko lifted a cross into the area for Rachel Williams to guide a header into the far corner of the net to put her side ahead after just 41 seconds.
 
Five minutes later, Katie Chapman made a strong burst into the area and was challenged by Gabrielle George, however the young defender handled the ball when trying to clear and a penalty was awarded. Yuki Ogimi stepped up to take the kick but Rachel Brown-Finnis came to her side's rescue with a diving save.
 
A nightmare few minutes for George concluded with her being forced off with a hamstring injury and whilst she was being treated, Chelsea capitalised fully. Jackie Groenen picked up a loose ball in midfield and slid a neat pass into the path of Aluko who finished with aplomb for the second goal.
 
Aluko was in rampant form up front for Chelsea and she almost created another with a cross from the left which just evaded a diving Ogimi as she tried to force the ball home.
 
However Everton picked themselves up and grabbed themselves a lifeline with a superbly taken reply on 17 minutes. A bad back pass from Laura Bassett was seized on by Lucy Whipp who showed great composure in rounding an exposed Marie Hourihan and slotting the ball Hannah Blundell on the line.
 
Chelsea pressed again with Ji So-Yun drilling a free kick just wide, Williams heading an Ana Marques Borges cross past the post and Ogimi volleying wide from another centre by Aluko. Everton's reorganised defence stood firm under the pressure and then stunned the home side by conjuring up another well taken goal.
 
Brooke Chaplen intercepted a pass out of defence and threaded a good ball for Nikita Parris to race onto and the striker clipped the ball over Hourihan to bring the scores level.
 
Everton needed to keep things tight in order to inflice nerves on Chelsea but parity lasted just four minutes. Unsurprisingly, Aluko was again heavily involved with a burst down the left before cutting the ball back for Williams to slide home her second goal from ten yards.
 
Ogimi shot over following good work by Williams and Aluko but two minutes before the interval, Blundell broke forward down the left and slid the ball into the area, three Everton defenders left the ball to each other and Aluko took full advantage, stealing in to steer her shot home from an acute angle.
 
It was inevitable that the second half could not keep up to the pace of the first and chances were fewer as a result. The first opportunity came as Ogimi steered a shot narrowly over from the edge of the area after a corner had been half cleared.
 
Everton, to their credit, did not give up and tried hard to find a way to force themselves back into the game. Whipp lashed a shot straight at Hourihan and Parris lifted an effort over from distance but despite working very hard, the Toffees could not break down the Chelsea defence.
 
Indeed it was Chelsea who were close to extending their lead as Ji pumped a free kick into the area where Gilly Flaherty guided her header over the oncoming Brown-Finnis but Vicky Jones did well to get back and head the ball off the line.
 
With nine minutes remaining, Chelsea scored the goal which put the result beyond any remaining doubt. Katie Chapman picked up a loose ball out of defence and found Ji who, along with Williams, worked the ball out to the left and Blundell cleverly skipped inside a challenge from Vicky Jones and although Brown-Finnis got a hand to her shot, she could not prevent it going in for the fifth goal. 
 
Chelsea: Marie Hourihan, Ana Marques Borges, Hannah Blundell, Katie Chapman, Gilly Flaherty, Laura Bassett, Yuki Ogimi (sub Claire Rafferty 70mins), Rachel Williams, Eniola Aluko, Ji So-Yun (sub Drew Spence 82mins), Jackie Groenen (sub Laura Coombs 62mins). Subs not used: Millie Farrow, Danielle Buet, Emma Wilhelmsson, Anne Meiwald.

Everton: Rachel Brown-Finnis, Paige Williams (sub Jody Handley 66mins), Alex Greenwood, Brooke Chaplen, Fern Whelan, Gabrielle George (sub Vicky Jones 12mins), Danielle Turner, Michelle Hinnigan, Nikita Parris, Lucy Whipp, Kelly Jones. Subs not used: Megan Walsh, Amy Kane, Millie Turner.

Photos:

(top) Eniola Aluko takes on Fern Whelan
(middle) Kelly Jones gets in a shot under pressure from Hannah Blundell
(bottom) Lucy Whipp is closed down by Gilly Flaherty

 
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