Posted on: Fri 17 May 2013

Chelsea Ladies suffered our first league defeat of the season after being beaten 2-0 away at Bristol Academy.

Two goals early in the second half put the home side in the ascendancy, and Emma Hayes's side were unable to salvage anything from the game late on.

Bristol had the better of the opening period but there were few clear chances for either side.

There was a moment of controversy midway through the half when Bristol's Sanchon dribbled into the box and then tumbled under a challenge from Kylie Davies.

The hosts were convinced it was a penalty, but referee Mark Pottage promptly booked the Spaniard for diving.

It was 34 minutes before either side managed a shot on target, but Bristol keeper Siobhan Chamberlain had little trouble gathering a 20-yarder from Ester which was fired straight at her.

Bristol almost broke the deadlock three minutes before the interval when neat play down the right saw Loren Dykes cross to Natasha Harding, whose first-time shot brought a fine reaction stop out of Shannon Lynn.

Helen Ward then missed a glorious chance to give us the lead right on half-time when she headed a Dani Buet free kick wide of goal.

However, two goals in the space of four minutes early in the second period were to swing the game the home side's way.

Bristol had threatened from a string of first-half corners, and it was another one which led to them ending the stalemate.

Skipper Corinne Yorston delivered from the right, and Rose reacted quickest to head past Lynn and break the deadlock.

Shortly afterwards, Harding delivered a low cross from the right which was spilled by Lynn, and the loose ball ran straight into the path of Sanchon, who made no mistake from eight yards.

Bristol almost added a third in the 67th minute when a 25-yard strike by Lucy Staniforth - hit on the run - crashed against Chelsea's bar. Once again the rebound fell for Sanchon, but this time the Spaniard saw her follow-up shot well saved by Lynn.

Chelsea (4-3-3): Shannon Lynn; Dunia Susi, Kylie Davies (Kate Longhurst 76 mins), Katie Holtham, Olina Vidarsdottir; Ester (Laura Coombs 82 mins), Edda Gardarsdottir (Helen Bleazard 56 mins), Danielle Buet; Eniola Aluko, Helen Ward, Sofia Jakobsson.

Subs not used: Jess Myers, Naomi Cole.

Attendance - 774