Frank Kirby, Chelsea
Fran Kirby slots home to give Chelsea the lead after her side had missed an early penalty

Chelsea recovered from missing a penalty in the opening minute to overcome Everton and stay top of the Women’s Super League.

Everton goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela saved superbly from Melanie Leupolz’s spot-kick in the game’s first action.

Fran Kirby opened the scoring, coolly slotting past Korpela from Sam Kerr’s first-time ball.

Pernille Harder rolled in their second after the break, and Leupolz added a late third to complete the win.

The visitors were given a great chance to open the scoring when Everton’s Lucy Graham handled the ball in the penalty area, but stand-in goalkeeper Korpela, replacing the injured Sandy MacIver, guessed right to keep out Leupolz’s penalty.

Chelsea didn’t let the setback affect them and went ahead when Kerr spotted Kirby’s run and slid a ball in behind the defence, which the England forward finished off with style for her 12th goal of the season.

Having been dominated by the visitors in the opening period, Everton improved in the second half, but the wind was knocked out of their sails when a swift break ended in Kirby unselfishly laying the ball off to Harder who slotted home from close range.

There was still time for Leupolz to avenge her penalty miss, with the German finishing off a rebound which fell kindly after Korpela had saved from Harder.

Line-ups

Everton Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Korpela
  • 16RasoBooked at 49minsSubstituted forLehmannat 71′minutes
  • 20Finnigan
  • 4Sevecke
  • 6George
  • 18Scott
  • 8Christiansen
  • 14SørensenSubstituted forWoldat 71′minutes
  • 17Graham
  • 11Emslie
  • 10MagillSubstituted forGauvinat 59′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wold
  • 7Boye-Hlorkah
  • 9Lehmann
  • 12Kirby
  • 13Stringer
  • 19Gauvin
  • 21Clemaron
  • 26Clinton
  • 30Pattinson

Chelsea Women

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 30Berger
  • 21Charles
  • 4Bright
  • 16Eriksson
  • 25AnderssonSubstituted forCarterat 82′minutes
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 8LeupolzBooked at 72mins
  • 10Ji
  • 23Harder
  • 14KirbySubstituted forFlemingat 82′minutes
  • 20KerrSubstituted forReitenat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Musovic
  • 3Blundell
  • 7Carter
  • 11Reiten
  • 17Fleming
  • 24Spence
  • 28Telford
  • 29Fox
  • 34Wardlaw

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