WSL: Chelsea score six against poor Aston Villa

Chelsea's Sjoeke Nuesken celebrates with Millie Bright.
Chelsea's Sjoeke Nuesken celebrates with Millie Bright during the Barclays Women's Super League match against Brighton & Hove Albion at Kingsmeadow on October 22, 2023. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

In the first game of the weekend, Aston Villa hosted Chelsea at the Poundland Bescot Stadium. Villa were yet to pick up a point in the domestic campaign so far, having suffered four consecutive defeats.

Emma Hayes’ side went into the tie unbeaten in the league. The Blues have dropped just two points from their opening run of games.

Starting XIs: Aston Villa v Chelsea

Aston Villa

Van Domselaar; Mayling, Patten, Staniforth, Lehmann, Nobbs, Daly, Turner, Blindkilde, Hanson, Pacheco

Chelsea

Berger; Fishel, Bright, Nusken, Carter, Kirby, Perisset, Fleming, Kaneryd, Charles, Cuthbert

How it went

From the off, Chelsea were in control of the tie. Early chances for the visitors saw Carla Ward’s side pinned back in their own half for much of the opening spell. Chelsea defender Millie Bright broke the deadlock in the 21st minute. The England international followed up on Daphne van Domselaar’s initial save to slot the ball home, giving her side the early lead.

Just five minutes later, Fran Kirby doubled the visitors’ advantage as she capitalised on a well-worked piece of team play to bag her first goal of the season. The remainder of the opening half saw Villa unable to find a foothold in the game. Poor decision-making in the hosts’ front line frequently saw Ward’s side squander good chances.

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The Blues bagged two goals in quick succession in the second half. Johanna Rytting Kaneryd found the back of the net in the 56th minute, capitalising on a poor defensive effort from the hosts. Nine minutes later, Ashley Lawrence bagged the visitors’ fourth of the afternoon, putting her game firmly out of Villa’s reach.

Youngster Aggie Beever-Jones scored the fifth of the match as the No.33 found the bottom corner of van Domselaar’s net. Just six minutes later, Niamh Charles got her name on the scoresheet as the defender added to Villa’s woes.

The defeat saw Villa go bottom of the league with a goal difference of -12. The decline in form combined with today’s heavy defeat will not extinguish questions surrounding Ward’s future with the club.

Chelsea continue their unbeaten run having conceded just four goals in their last five games. The Blues will face an away day in the WSL to Everton before a difficult Champions League meeting with Real Madrid.

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