Spot of bother costs United

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

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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