Chelsea Ladies close WSL gap with win at Sunderland

Friday 01 Jul 2016
Chelsea celebrate at Sunderland

Chelsea closed the gap on FA Women’s Super League 1 leaders Manchester City to two points with an emphatic 5-0 defeat of Sunderland.

Defender Claire Rafferty scored twice before Gemma Davison hit her first goal of the season to put Chelsea three up at the break.


Chelsea's Fran Kirby and Claire Rafferty celebrate a goal against Sunderland.

Second-half strikes from Millie Bright and Ji So-Yun completed the scoring, but there were no goals in the Midlands as third-placed Birmingham City and fourth-placed Arsenal played out a fiercely contested 0-0 draw. 

Yeovil Town fought back from two goals down against Oxford United to earn a draw and extend their lead at the top of the WSL 2 table to three points.

Ini Umotong struck to put Oxford in control, but Hannah Short halved the deficit almost immediately. 

And after the break, Yeovil levelled when Ellie Curson’s attempted cross looped up and over goalkeeper Hannah Cox.

Second-placed Bristol City will feel fortunate to have lost no further ground on Yeovil having drawn 2-2 with Aston Villa on Tuesday.

The Vixens took the lead on 75 minutes through Jodie Brett, but the home side equalised with six minutes remaining through substitute Tash Baptiste.

City regained the lead almost immediately through Charlie Estcourt, but Villa snatched a point in a when Bethan Merrick pounced in the 94th minute.

The week’s other WSL 2 clash saw London Bees and Millwall Lionesses draw 1-1, with Merrick Will cancelling out Rinsola Babajide first-half opener for the south Londoners.

By FA Staff