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Women’s Super League: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United


Maren Mjelde's penalty

Maren Mjelde’s penalty proved decisive at Kingsmeadow

Chelsea swiftly regained top spot in the Women’s Super League as Maren Mjelde’s penalty saw off a resolute Manchester United side in front of a record WSL crowd.

Having been deposed from the summit by Manchester City’s 5-0 win over West Ham in the early kick-off, Mjelde’s second-half spot-kick ensured that demotion was a brief one.

United vehemently protested against the penalty, convinced Millie Turner had got a touch on the ball when she challenged Fran Kirby, but referee Jack Packman pointed to the spot.

Norway defender Mjelde tucked home to give Chelsea a victory watched by 4,790 spectators at Kingsmeadow – a record attendance for a WSL game held at a non-Premier League stadium.

Chelsea were far from their best and only the woodwork denied United a late equaliser as Blues keeper Ann-Katrin Berger superbly tipped Ella Toone’s volley onto the underside of the bar and out.

After a cagey first half devoid of clear-cut chances, Blues ultimately emerged triumphant by converting a purple patch of supremacy around the hour mark.

Scotland international Erin Cuthbert should have fired them ahead as she raced on to a ball over the top of the United defence but steered wide with only keeper Mary Earps to beat.

However, the introduction of England striker Kirby from the bench paid instant dividends as, within a minute, she drew the foul from Turner, who appeared to get a touch on both ball and player.

Earps got a hand to Mjelde’s penalty but could not keep it out as Chelsea, who this week added Australia striker Sam Kerr to their attacking options come January, made it five wins from six WSL games.

United, promoted as Championship winners last season, were left to once again rue fine margins, having lost 1-0 to the division’s leading three sides – Manchester City, Arsenal and, now, Chelsea.

They were unfortunate not to earn a point when Toone’s volley from Jess Sigsworth’s cross was diverted on to the bar by Berger, with the rebound hitting the keeper on the back but somehow staying out.

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Match ends, Chelsea Women 1, Manchester United Women 0.

Second Half ends, Chelsea Women 1, Manchester United Women 0.

Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.

Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jessica Sigsworth (Manchester United Women).

Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Jonna Andersson.

Jessica Carter (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jessica Sigsworth (Manchester United Women).

Substitution, Chelsea Women. Jessica Carter replaces Ji So-Yun.

Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Leah Galton.

Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Jonna Andersson.

Ella Toone (Manchester United Women) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Substitution, Manchester United Women. Jane Ross replaces Lauren James.

Attempt saved. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution, Chelsea Women. Drew Spence replaces Ramona Bachmann.

Attempt missed. Lauren James (Manchester United Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women).

Jackie Groenen (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Manchester United Women. Ella Toone replaces Katie Zelem.

Foul by Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Women).

Amy Turner (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hayley Ladd (Manchester United Women).

Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Abbie McManus.

Attempt blocked. Millie Bright (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Amy Turner.

Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Mary Earps.

Foul by Beth England (Chelsea Women).

Amy Turner (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal! Chelsea Women 1, Manchester United Women 0. Maren Mjelde (Chelsea Women) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Chelsea Women. Francesca Kirby draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Millie Turner (Manchester United Women) after a foul in the penalty area.

Amy Turner (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jonna Andersson (Chelsea Women).

Substitution, Chelsea Women. Francesca Kirby replaces Guro Reiten.

Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Leah Galton.

Attempt missed. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution, Manchester United Women. Jessica Sigsworth replaces Kirsty Hanson.

Foul by Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Women).

Lauren James (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.