Chelsea And Millwall Early Leaders

Thursday March 24th
Doncaster Rovers Belles 1-4 Chelsea (Att: 1,165)

Chelsea did score first this time at Doncaster, as Karen Carney converted a 12th-minute penalty following a foul on Millie Bright but the Belles were soon level as Courtney Sweetman-Kirk’s cross was sliced into her own net by Claire Rafferty.

However, two Carney corners saw the visitors score twice before half time, Bethany England and Katie Chapman getting on the scoresheet.

Chelsea then matched the recent result at the Keepmoat late on, as Eniola Aluko scored off a Gemma Davison’s cross and the reigning champions went top of the table.

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Everton 2-1 Aston Villa (Att: 468)

A goal from Villa’s Hannah George had been enough to knock Everton out of the FA Cup at the weekend and the same player struck again for a 29th-minute lead.

But this time the Toffees found a reply as Simone Magill’s cross was only helped into her own net by Jess Myers just before the break.

The hosts then clinched all three points with 10 minutes left as a Georgia Brougham fired home from all of 30 yards.

Oxford United 3-5 Millwall Lionesses (Att: 304)

Millwall lead WSL 2 after the first round of matches, having come out best in the goalfest at Abingdon United FC, despite being delayed over an hour in London traffic.

Ashlee Hincks opened the scoring for the Lionesses on 11 minutes after Jess Frampton failed to clear and although Frampton’s free-kick was then hooked home by Lauren Allison, Lucy Loomes swiftly restored the advantage even after Riva Casley blocked her first effort.

Loomes extended the lead early in the second half and HIncks hit the fourth from 25 yards.

Then came an Oxford fightback as Katja Hakala’s cross was headed in by Ini Umotong and then Allison raced clear to set up Laura Nichol to slide home.

But the points were sealed when a looping cross was bundled over the line by Millwall substitute Rinsola Babajide.

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