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Chelsea set the early pace
 Women's Football News 3 Apr 2015
 
Chelsea set the early pace - 3 Apr 2015 - Women's Football NewsBristol Academy 0 Chelsea 4 (Ji So Yun 21, Spence 23,90, Davison 32)
Chelsea are the only team in WSL 1 still sporting a 100% record after easing to a comfortable victory over Bristol Academy at Stoke Gifford Stadium. 
 
Three goals in a twelve minute spell during the first half saw the Blues on their way towards a margin of victory which could have been a lot greater on the night.
 
Academy went into the game with an unchanged side from the one beaten by Frankfurt in the UEFA Women's Champions League but found themselves coming under pressure as Chelsea started confidently but without really troubling Mary Earps during the opening stages.
 
As the mid-point of the first half approached, Chelsea wrested control of the game after Academy were caught in possession just outside their area. Eniola Aluko won the ball and drove in a low cross from the right, Marija Banusic could not divert it goalwards but Ji So Yun was on hand at the far post where she fired into the corner of the net to put her side in front.
 
Just two more minutes had elapsed when Ana Borges found space on the right and floated in a delightful cross for Drew Spence to give Earps no chance with a firm downward header and double her side's lead.
 
Christie Murray shot wide at the other end but Chelsea were looking dangerous every time they attacked. Claire Rafferty slid a good pass into the path of Gemma Davison who sped through the Academy defence before beating Earps with an emphatic finish for the third.
 
Chelsea were threatening to run riot and Davison again outpaced the home side with a driving run which took her away from four opponents but this time she found the angle too narrow and her shot hit the side netting. Aluko was next to trouble Academy with a run and shot which was deflected into the path of Spence but the midfielder fired over with the goal at her mercy. Spence was to go much closer in first half injury time when being picked out by another superb cross from Borges but this time her header came back off the bar.
 
The visitors carried on where they had left off at the start of the second half, Katie Chapman having a goalbound shot charged down from a corner, and the Chelsea captain could not quite direct a header on target from another flag kick by Banusic.
 
However in the second half, Academy improved and began to grow in confidence when on the ball. They created their best chance so far when Grace McCatty carried the ball forward and played a good pass out to Loren Dykes on the right, where her cross was headed just wide by Nikki Watts.
 
Back came Chelsea and a cross-cum-shot by Borges came back off the bar and Niamh Fahey shot over from the rebound. Davison then made another barnstorming run down the right and cut the ball across goal for Spence whose low shot beat Earps but McCatty was well placed to clear off the line.
 
Academy tried hard to reduce the arrears with Watts curling a shot over after cutting in from the left but could not quite get in a position to test Hedvig Lindahl in the Chelsea goal. At the other end, a rampant Davison continued to wreak havoc on the right and it took a number of last ditch challenges by the Academy defence to prevent the visitors getting in more shots on goal.
 
As the game went into injury time, Chelsea rounded off the win with the final goal. Almost inevitably it was initiated by a Davison cross, which was miscontrolled by McCatty and Spence fired in the loose ball for her second goal on the night. 
 
Bristol Academy: Mary Earps, Loren Dykes, Lauren Townsend, Jaz Matthews, Grace McCatty, Sophie Ingle, Angharad James, Hayley Ladd, Christie Murray (sub Nadia Lawrence 62mins), Nikki Watts (sub Gabriella Bird 87mins), Georgia Evans. Subs not used: Izzy Dalton, Frankie Brown, Sharla Passariello, Alice Evans, Alex Hurst.

Chelsea: Hedvig Lindahl, Ana Borges, Claire Rafferty, Millie Bright, Katie Chapman, Niamh Fahey, Gemma Davison, Drew Spence, Eniola Aluko (sub Gilly Flaherty 76mins), Ji So Yun (sub Laura Coombs 64mins), Marija Banusic (sub Jackie Groenen 59mins). Subs not used: Hannah Blundell, Marie Hourihan, Anne Meiwald, Millie Farrow.

Photos:

(top) Lauren Townsend finds herself up against Niamh Fahey and Ana Borges
(middle) Katie Chapman fires in a shot
(bottom) Millie Bright wins a header from a corner


 
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