WOMEN'S WEEKLY

Posted on: Thu 09 May 2013

Chelsea Ladies will be hoping to get back to winning ways when we take on Liverpool this Sunday having been beaten in cruel circumstances by their Merseyside neighbours last weekend...

Late blow
The Blues suffered late heartache in the Continental Cup last weekend, falling to a 2-1 defeat at Everton after the home side scored a winner right at the death.

We'd shown great character to get back into the game after Everton had taken the lead eleven minutes before the break, Sofia Jakobbson equalising two minutes after the restart, but with the game heading for a draw, Jill Scott raced through to seal the win for Everton.

Chelsea Ladies assistant manager Paul Green was understandably disappointed to lose the game so late on, but felt there were positives to take.

'Overall we played quite well,' he tells the official Chelsea website. 'Some of the football we played was as good as we've played all season. We managed to get in behind their defence quite a lot, and the pace of our front three caused them problems.

'We just didn't pick the right ball once we were in those positions and we missed some good chances, particularly in the first half, that on another day we would have put away.

'The manner of the second goal was really disappointing from our point of view, we have to defend better than that. It was just a route one kick from the goalkeeper which we allowed to bounce, and their player, Jill Scott, ran through and scored with a lob.

'It's always disappointing to lose in the last minute, especially to a goal that could have been avoided if we'd done our jobs properly, but there were some positives which we can build on this weekend against Liverpool.'

School visit
Members of theChelsea Ladies met pupils from Walton on the Hill Primary School in Surrey earlier this week in order to offer their advice and expertise to the aspiring female footballers.

England's Carly Telford joined Icelandic international Olina Vidarsdottir to host an assembly alongside Green, before delivering a coaching session to the school's young pupils.

Over 100 girls at the school were able to gain an insight in to what it takes to play football at the highest level, and after a question and answer session the players handed out 65 free tickets to the Blues' FA WSL Continental Cup game against Liverpool on 19 May.

'We went into local schools to try and raise our profile and get the kids along to some of our games,' explains Green.

'It was really good, the kids were great. Some of them had never played football before and it was a good introduction to the game for them. They were really excited, they enjoyed meeting the girls and it went really well.'

Next up
Emma Hayes' side return to FA Women's Super League action this Sunday [12 May] when we take on Liverpool at Staines Town FC

Tickets are available on the day, priced £5 for adults, with free entry for Under-16s.