LADIES REPORT: EVERTON 2 CHELSEA 1
Chelsea Ladies fell to a last-minute defeat at Everton in the Continental Cup.
It was the second group stage game for the Chelsea side following last weekend's draw away to Doncaster Rovers Belles. Having gone behind in the first half, summer-signing Sofia Jakobsson levelled for the Blues shortly after the interval but the home side had the better chances as the minutes ticked by, and they were eventually rewarded.
Both sides could have found the net during a lively opening. Everton striker Duggan evaded the defence and diverted the ball beyond the out-rushing Shannon Lynn only to see it go wide.
Then Chelsea broke, England forward Eniola Aluko sprinting clear and having her shot parried by Rachel Brown. When the striker squared the rebound to Helen Ward it looked like she had a tap-in, only for a superb Vicky Jones block to thwart her.
Duggan was next to go close with a stinging low drive which was destined for the bottom corner until Lynn saved impressively.
In the 34th minute she couldn't repeat that feat as Duggan met Alex Greenwood's fine cross at the back post. The Chelsea keeper did get a hand to the header but could only help it in to the net.
Two minutes after half-time Chelsea levelled. The impressive Aluko located Jakobsson in the box and although Brown got a touch on the Swede's powerful drive it wasn't enough.
The frantic action continued with Duggan looking most likely to score next. Her looping 57th minute effort seemed destined for the top corner until it came back off the woodwork.
Next to go close for the hosts was full-back Greenwood whose downward header after Michelle Hinnigan's free-kick bounced up and over the bar.
Substitute Simone Magill then looked set to make it 2-1 to the home team, only for Lynn to deny her.
When that chance was missed a draw looked inevitable until a long ball over the top made its way to Jill Scott and she had the composure to produce the winner.
After consecutive away games, Chelsea Ladies will play a home game in the Continental Cup against Liverpool Ladies on Monday 19 May. Before then come two league games - the first on Sunday 12 May against Liverpool Ladies at Staines Town, kick-off 2pm.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Shannon Lynn, Dunia Susi, Katie Holtham, Olina Vidarsdottir, Claire Rafferty (Naomi Cole 39mins); Ester (Laura Coombs 58 mins), Edda Gardarsdottir, Danielle Buet, Eniola Aluko, Helen Ward (Kate Longhurst 76 mins), Sofia Jakobsson.
Subs not used Jess Myers, Kylie Davies, Helen Bleazard.