LADIES REPORT: LIVERPOOL 4 CHELSEA 3
A late goal consigned Chelsea Ladies to a dramatic defeat on Merseyside.
Emma Hayes's side twice took the lead in the game against the side they defeated at home back in May, but two goals from the Merseysiders inside the last quarter of an hour prevented a repeat of that result.
Chelsea were two goals ahead inside seven minutes. A mix up between Liverpool left-back Corina Schroder and their goalkeeper Sarah Quantrill allowed Sweden international striker Sofia Jakobsson to capitalise.
The home side were still recovering from that setback when the advantage was doubled. A swift counter-attack set Eniola Aluko clear and the England striker clinically found the bottom corner.
Liverpool should have cut the deficit on 17 minutes when Louise Fors blasted over but they did not have to wait long to get on the scoresheet when a Fara Williams' free-kick eluded Carly Telford and bounced in. It was nearly 2-2 when Da Costa side-footed wide. At the other end, Chelsea were being frustrated by the home team's offside trap.
The second half started slowly but following unanswered Liverpool appeals for a penalty, the home side were able to celebrate when a corner was headed towards goal and Nicole Rolser forced it in.
Parity was short lived. After Natasha Dowie had been superbly foiled by Carly Telford, Chelsea broke and Jakobsson's cross was headed into her own net by Becky Easton.
With a dozen minutes remaining it seemed like Liverpool's third league defeat of the season was inevitable. Instead, the Merseysiders rallied and a driven cross from Rolser led to Dowie heading in.
There were 84 minutes on the clock when the same pair combined again. This time it was Dowie providing; pouncing on a loose ball and squaring it to Rolser who finished on the line.
Chelsea (4-4-1-1): Carly Telford; Danielle Buet, Kylie Davies, Katie Holtham, Sophie Ingle, Sofia Jakobsson (Sophie Fogarty 83), Laura Coombs, Ester (Drew Spence 86), Helen Bleazard (Helen Ward 67); Yuki Ogimi; Eniola Aluko
Subs not used Marie Hourihan, Naomi Cole, Jodie Brett, Rosella Ayane.
Referee M Salisbury