That was so easy for Fran Kirby, sending Laws the wrong way. Flaherty conceded that penalty on her debut for Liverpool.
2 min: Chelsea are firmly in control in the opening stages with Reiten taking a shot and then the Norway international goes down in the box and earns her side a penalty!
Here we go!
Ahead of this game getting underway have a read of this report from this cracking match this afternoon:
Kick-off will be coming at 5pm but there will a tribute to The Queen ahead of kick-off in the form of a period of silence following the national anthem.
There has been a late change to Chelsea’s starting line-up this evening with Ingle replacing Harder. The club haven’t disclosed why the change has happened.
Darren has got in touch via Twitter and said: “Yesterday was the anniversary of my first time watching United women. Cracking first half, shame we couldn’t match the goal output in the second half. Very much hoping we can end this issue of not being able to end games as well as we start them during this season.” How long have you been going to United games? A strong performance from United yesterday but they definitely could have had more goals.
Have you listened to our latest episode of our podcast? In the newest edition a host of guests discuss whether anyone can stop Chelsea this season, have a listen here:
Leicester have pulled one back against Tottenham, it has been ruled as an own goal by Drew Spence! Today has seen the fight of a comeback through Manchester City who couldn’t quite clinch it against Aston Villa, can Leicester pull back a point or three?
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Ahead of the match Liverpool boss Matt Beard said of facing defending champions Chelsea: “We want to play against the best players and I want to go up against the best coaches. It will be a great test for us. We want to win the game but we understand we’re playing one of the best teams in not only Europe, but the world in club football.”
Chelsea boss Emma Hayes has reflected on all how positive the summer break has been for her, saying: “I had an off-season taking in life and enjoying anything from a walk to a drink. It’s no surprise this is the freshest I’ve felt. I always find a way to read, to study, to be interested. But this summer my study was life. I’ve also reached a point in my career where I’m really enjoying it. I’ve had years where I didn’t but, now, I love the work. There’s a coming together of a football model I’ve been working on my whole career. All the jigsaw pieces are in sync and there’s a lovely energy to the team where it’s a given that we’ll keep competing.”
Read the full piece:
There are two WSL games currently playing, with West Ham 1-0 up against Everton and Tottenham 2-0 up against Leicester. Both games have just got their second 45’s underway. The best goal of round one has happened in the Spurs game with Ashleigh Neville scoring a worldie, take a look:
Both teams for this match have revealed their starting XI’s.
Matt Beard has named for Liverpool: Laws, Koivisto, Flaherty, Fahey, Matthews, Hinds, Kearns, Holland, Lawley, Kiernan, Stengel.
While Emma Hayes has gone with: Musovic, Bright, James, Reiten, Kirby, Eriksson, Kerr, Charles, Cuthbert, Harder, Buchanan.
Welcome back to our Women’s Super League coverage and to finish off the first round defending champions Chelsea will take on newly promoted Liverpool at Prenton Park.
Chelsea have lost some stars who were instrumental in their three consecutive WSL title wins at the end of last season with Ji, Jonna Andersson and Drew Spence all departing. But they have had a good transfer window, bringing in the likes of Eve Perisset and Kadeisha Buchanan.
Liverpool have also had a good summer of business, bringing in six players after winning the Championship last season. Among the stars in their ranks is former West Ham captain Gilly Flaherty and ex-Wolfsburg star Shanice van de Sanden.
Many will be predicting a Chelsea win this afternoon but with the results we have seen already in round one it could go either way. Team news to come ahead of the 5pm kick-off.