Chelsea FC Women continue to lead the FA Women’s Super League after a second half penalty from Maren Mjelde gave them a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Kingsmeadow this afternoon.

The Blues were deadlocked with United until the Norwegian international netted from the spot with 25 minutes to go.

Chelsea started the brighter of the two sides and Guro Reiten fired an effort over the bar before visiting keeper Mary Earps saved a Ramona Bachmann shot. Millie Bright then sent a header wide before Ji So-Yun saw a shot fly the wrong side of the post.

The visitors could have been reduced to 10 players before the break when Millie Turner brought down Reiten but she was only given a yellow card despite being the last defender.

The second half saw Erin Cuthbert go close before Mjelde netted the game’s only goal from the penalty spot after Fran Kirby had been fouled.

Home keeper Ann-Katrin Berger had barely been tested all afternoon but she was required to made a key save seven minutes from time when she kept Ella Tonne’s effort out of the net as The Blues hung on for the three points.

Chelsea are back in action on Wednesday evening when they host London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup.