Chelsea FC Women have fallen to a first defeat in the FA Women’s Super League since October with Birmingham City running out 3-2 winners at Kingsmeadow this afternoon.
Emma Hayes’ side threw away an early lead as new Birmingham City boss Marta Tejedor grabbed a win in her first match in charge of the Blues.
Beth England went close to opening the scoring in the very first minute but she could only fire her effort straight at visiting keeper Hannah Hampton.
The Blues were soon to get their goal though and when Karen Carney put an accurate cross into the box, striker Erin Cuthbert was on-hand to head the ball into the back of the net.
Drew Spence then saw a powerful effort saved by Hampton before Emma Follis levelled for the visitors when she bundled the ball home from close range.
It was Follis who really should have given Birmingham City the lead early in the second half but the midfielder somehow placed the ball wide when in a one-on-one situation with home keeper Carly Telford.
Tejedor’s side soon got another chance to score and this time they took it to edge ahead. Lucy Quinn took aim from distance and her shot deceived Telford, the ball looping over the England international keeper and into the back of the net.
Chelsea made it 2-2 six minutes from time in fortunate circumstances. Cuthbert whipped in a free-kick and the ball bounced over Hampton and into the back of the net, a real freak goal.
Hayes’ side looked to have done enough to rescue a point but deep in injury time disaster struck when Birmingham City striker Ellen White produced a clinical finish to steal the three points for the visitors and end Chelsea’s unbeaten run.
Chelsea are back in action next Sunday when they travel to Everton in the SSE Women’s FA Cup.