LADIES REPORT: ARSENAL 2 CHELSEA 1

Chelsea Ladies fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat against Arsenal at Borehamwood.

The Blues' striker Eniola Aluko started brightly and went close to opening the scoring with a 20th-minute run that took her just too wide to force the ball home.

Helen Ward was then denied as a superb Aluko break played the striker in on goal, but her shot was comfortably saved by Emma Byrne.

Four minutes later Arsenal went ahead as Scotland midfielder Kim Little's corner was headed firmly into the net by central defender Flaherty.

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Their lead should have been doubled in the 36th minute but midfielder Jordan Nobbs blazed over the bar from five yards.

Arsenal goalkeeper Byrne saved well at the feet of Aluko as we pressed for an equaliser before the interval, but the Gunners regained control after the break and keeper Carly Telford had to make diving saves from Nobbs and England winger Rachel Yankey.

Telford could do nothing, however, to keep out Scott's 12-yard strike on the hour after the England right-back had swapped passes with Nobbs.

With the Blues looking out of the game, we were handed a route back into it through poor Arsenal defending in the 64th minute.

Jennifer Beattie dawdled on the ball on the edge of the penalty area and Aluko robbed the left-back to score after winning a brief tussle with Byrne.

That was the signal for Emma Hayes's side to go all out for an equaliser, but Arsenal held on to clinch the win and condemn us to a fourth straight defeat.

Chelsea (4-4-2): Carly Telford; Dunia Susi, Kylie Davies, Katie Holtham, Olina Vidarsdottir; Danielle Buet, Ester, Hannah Blundell (Laura Coombs 55), Helen Ward (Drew Spence 70); Eniola Aluko (Kate Longhurst 77), Sofia Jakobsson.

Subs not used: Jess Myers, Naomi Cole, Helen Bleazard , Edda Gardarsdottir.

Attendance 1,113
Referee Dean Treleaven