Two second-half penalties from Katie Stengel earned Liverpool a shock 2-1 win over title holders Chelsea on their WSL return in entrance of a record-breaking crowd at Prenton Park.
The champions seemed set for a routine night after they have been awarded the primary penalty of the sport inside two minutes. Gilly Flaherty’s clumsy problem on Guro Reiten noticed referee Emily Heaslip level to the spot. Euro 2022 winner Fran Kirby then transformed on her first look for Chelsea since February.
However the Blues have been responsible of not taking their possibilities, with Sam Kerr, specifically, slicing a annoyed determine up entrance, as Liverpool stepped up their recreation within the second half in entrance of three,006 followers – the very best ever attendance for a Liverpool Girls’s match at Prenton Park.
Flaherty redeemed herself from the primary half when she helped win Liverpool’s first penalty. Her flick-on from an extended Megan Campbell throw hit Millie Vivid on the arm and he or she was penalised for handball. Stengel – making her WSL debut – stepped up and simply dispatched previous Zecira Musovic.
Stengel then gained the second penalty, fouled by Chelsea debutant Kadeisha Buchanan inside the realm. The American ahead stored her composure as soon as once more and it proved to be the winner, with the Blues unable to discover a reply to Liverpool’s spirited show.
There have been jubilant scenes among the many Reds at full-time, inflicting Chelsea’s first defeat in 2022. The WSL title holders have now misplaced their opening recreation within the final two seasons.
Extra to observe…
Each groups have massive WSL matches subsequent weekend. Liverpool tackle Everton within the first Merseyside derby of the season at Anfield subsequent Sunday, dwell on Sky Sports activities; kick-off 6.45pm. Chelsea additionally host Man Metropolis on the identical day; kick-off 4pm.