Manchester City women get the better of second-placed Chelsea
Last Updated: 19/05/16 11:27pm
Manchester City continued their perfect start to the FA Women's Super League season as they triumphed 2-0 at second-placed Chelsea to increase the gap between the clubs to six points.
Demi Stokes opened the scoring a minute before the break at Staines Town FC on Thursday with a left-footed effort and Jennifer Beattie's header then doubled the visitors' advantage three minutes after the restart.
Chelsea's Ji So-yun struck the bar four minutes after Beattie's goal, but that was the closest the home side came.
City edged the early stages and Chelsea goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl had to dive full length to turn aside Toni Duggan's well-struck 29th-minute cross shot.
But, 60 seconds later, City keeper Karen Bardsley was forced into a smart save from Drew Spence's low shot.
However, Stokes then collected a Kosovare Asllani pass before finding the target with a low shot to give the visitors the lead.
And, three minutes after the interval, Asllani sent over a corner that led to the second goal, as Beattie headed goalwards and the ball deflected in off a defender.
It has been a tough week for Chelsea and their evening was summed up when sub So-yun hit the bar from close range in the 56th minute.
City have now won six out of six league matches this term and are still yet to concede, while Chelsea, who have a game in hand, have dropped points for the first time this season.
And it also meant back-to-back defeats for Emma Hayes' team, having been beaten by Arsenal in Saturday's Women's FA Cup final.
Stokes said: "It was great to get my first goal of the season, but the most important thing was that we won the match.
"It was a tough game. Chelsea made it hard for us, but we showed that, as well as being a good attacking side, we've got that nitty-gritty side to us too.
"It's really good to be getting points on the board early doors. That's what cost us last season, making a slow start to the campaign."
Thursday's other FA WSL 1 contest saw Birmingham draw 0-0 at home against Reading, who are still looking for their first win of the campaign following their promotion.