Spot of bother costs United
MAREN Mjelde’s second-half penalty sent Chelsea back to the top of the Women’s Super League as they overcame United 1-0.
The in-form Reds frustrated Chelsea for more than an hour, but Fran Kirby made an immediate impact off the bench, was fouled by Millie Turner in the area, and Mjelde expertly converted the spot-kick.
Casey Stoney’s side tried to find a way back into the game, but the London side held on to end United’s five-game winning run.
In front of a packed
Kingsmeadow, United winger Kirsty Hanson had the best chance of the first half, but could only fire into the side netting from close range.
Raoman Bachmann forced United goalkeeper Mary Earps into a near-post stop, while midfielder Ji So-Yun fired two separate shots off target from inside the area.
After half-time, Chelsea’s Eric Cuthbert broke the offside trap to run clear through on goal but poked her effort wide. But Chelsea were awarded a penalty minutes later when Kirby, just seconds after coming on, was fouled by Turner, and Mjelde beat Earps to her right from 12 yards.
United were unlucky not draw level ten minutes from time as substitute Jane Ross’ cross hit the body of Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger before striking the bar then post and bouncing away.
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