Chelsea return top of WSL amid offside controversy at West Ham


Chelsea moved back to the top of the Women’s Super League with an edgy 2-0 win over West Ham, who had an equaliser wrongly chalked off for offside.

Aggie Beever-Jones took just two minutes to score as Chelsea responded to Manchester City’s win over Manchester United on Saturday to go top on goal difference.

It was far from a routine win though as West Ham had legitimate claims to feel aggrieved when Riko Ueki had an equaliser wrongly ruled out for offside. With no VAR in the Super League, the on-field decision stood.

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West Ham thought they’d equalised, but the goal was controversially ruled out for offside.

Kirsty Smith and Viviane Asseyi also wasted big chance for the Hammers, who failed to hit the target from any of their eight shots on goal.

Chelsea struggled to finish the east Londoners off until late on when Erin Cuthbert hammered home a second.

Chelsea march on in pursuit of quad…

After their successful trip to Amsterdam in beating Ajax 3-0, Emma Hayes’ Chelsea got the perfect start when Beever-Jones thumped home following some great work by Lauren James.

Kirsty Smith should have equalised for West Ham moments later when she met a low cross at the far post but mishit her finish, sending the effort off target.

The chances kept coming for the hosts as Ueki also struck the bar with a cheeky effort from 35 yards, before Viviane Asseyi lacked any sort of composure in front of goal when finishing wildly having been played through.

Mayra Ramirez’s introduction from the bench helped Chelsea regain control in the second half and her scrambled finish came back off the post.

The points were safe when substitute Cuthbert showed the quality required to slam a powerful finish home following a corner.

Chelsea’s march towards a potential quadruple shows no signs of slowing down.

What’s next?

West Ham are next in action when they host Brighton in the WSL on Sunday; kick-off 3pm. The Hammers then travel to Manchester City on Sunday April 21; kick-off 2.15pm.

Chelsea’s next game is their Champions League quarter-final second leg at home to Ajax at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday; kick-off 8pm.

The Blues then face Arsenal in the League Cup final at Molineux on Sunday; kick-off 3pm.



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