By Connor Armstrong

SUMMARY

Two injury-time strikes saw us share the spoils with Chelsea on a damp Wednesday evening.

Jodie Taylor gave us a first-half lead when she tapped home after seeing her penalty saved.

Millie Bright headed the hosts level in the second period, setting up a grandstand finale.

Jordan Nobbs rattled the crossbar from 30 yards, with Davison seeing a strike chalked off for offside with just two minutes remaining.

Drew Spence converted late on to seemingly steal a late win for the hosts, before Nobbs' last-gasp flick saw us leave with a point.

SETTING THE SCENE

Pedro Martinez Losa paired up development squad graduates Anna Patten and Lotte Wubben-Moy in the heart of the defence.

Captain Alex Scott and Dominique Janssen started in the full-back positions, with Sari van Veenendaal in goal.

Leah Williamson and Nobbs continued with their midfield pairing.

Taylor’s two goals in the 5-1 win at Yeovil Town meant she continued to lead the line, supported by Danielle Carter, Danielle van de Donk and Heather O’Reilly.

FIRST HALF

The first clear-cut chance of the evening came the way of the hosts, with Crystal Dunn charging in on goal, only for Van Veenendaal to dive bravely at her feet to halt the attack.

O’Reilly teed up Nobbs - who fired wide - at the other end, before the Dutch shot-stopper was called into action again to tip over an effort from Katie Chapman.

The breakthrough came 12 minutes before the interval, with Carter felled by Chelsea goalkeeper Telford to win a penalty.

Taylor duly slotted home, but only on the follow-up after seeing her initial attempt saved by the England international.
 

SECOND HALF

The second half began in the same fashion as the first ended, with frantic and frenetic attacking play seeing the ball go from end to end.

Ramona Bachmann flashed a warning across the bows when her low strike went just wide of the far post.

Chelsea eventually levelled when Bright headed past Van Veenendaal to set up a tense final 22 minutes.

Nobbs hit the crossbar with a 30-yard lob, but we were left to fear we may rue what might have been when Spence’s late strike found the net.

As it turned out, Nobbs was to have one final say on the night, touching the ball over Telford and into the net with almost the last kick of the match.

Arsenal Ladies

1
van Veenendaal
2
Scott (C)
32
Patten
24
Wubben-Moy
20
Janssen
8
Nobbs Goal!
6
Williamson
9
Carter
21
van de Donk 61
17
O'Reilly Yellow Card
18
Taylor 59 Goal!

Substitutes

13
Moorhouse
16
Quinn
4
Williams 61
15
McCabe
7
Kelly
11
Humphrey
23
Mead 59

Chelsea Ladies

0
Telford
3
Blundell
4
Bright Goal!
8
Carney 46
10
Ji 65
15
England
17
Chapman (C) Yellow Card
18
Mjelde
19
Dunn
21
Cooper
23
Bachmann

Substitutes

40
Kitching
5
Flaherty
6
Fahey
7
Davison 65 Yellow Card
9
Aluko
22
Cuthbert
24
Spence 46 Goal!
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17 May 2017