Women’s match report: Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 3

The second half also saw two young Blues come on for their senior debuts as Thompson and Claypole took to the field to see out a comfortable Chelsea win. The hosts did, however, get a late consolation goal in stoppage time as Petzelberger converted a penalty.

Chelsea will now prepare for an important week as we host Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the Continental Tyres League Cup on Wednesday evening before playing host to Manchester City in the Women’s Super League on Sunday.

It will be second versus fifth on Sunday and the clash may well determine how close the fight for the league title will be, with the Blues currently four points behind Arsenal with a game in hand over the north London side.

Aston Villa (4-3-3) Hampton, Mayling, Allen (McLoughin 87), Asante (Corsie 68), Arthur (Hutton 68), Petzelberger, Hayles (Blindkilde 68), Littlejohn (Ewers 87), Pacheco, Scott, Patten
Unused subs Rogers, Boye-Hlorkah, Haywood
Scorer Petzelberger 90+3  

Chelsea (4-1-4-1) Musovic, Andersson (Ingle 65), Nouwen, Bright, Carter, Spence, Fleming (Claypole 80), Abdullina (Thompson 80), Reiten, Harder (Charles 45), Kirby (James 71)
Unused subs: Berger, Cuthbert
Scorers Reiten 17, 61; Harder 27

Referee Abigail Bryne
Attendance 1,093