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Belles' Alyssa Lagonia netted her first goal for the club against Chelsea. Picture: Andrew Roe

Belles' Alyssa Lagonia netted her first goal for the club against Chelsea. Picture: Andrew Roe

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THE Belles can hold their heads high despite defeat on the opening weekend of the new FA Women’s Super League, according to boss John Buckley.

Canadian international Alyssa Legonia scored her first Belles goal to put Buckley’s side in front before the Blues fought back to take the spoils.

In a close fought encounter, Legonia prodded home midway through the first half after a mistake by Chelsea keeper Carly Telford.

Helen Lander equalised six minutes later with a sweetly struck shot before a second half brace from England midfielder Dunia Susi settled the contest.

Buckley said: “There was not a great deal in it.

“I am not disappointed with the effort they put in. They should hold their heads high and I don’t think that’s a fair scoreline.

“We’ll keep going as we are. We’re a good bunch.”

Chelsea: Telford, Perry, Bonner, Williams, Susi, Buet, Sherwood (Lappin 60), Ingle, Bleazard (Hincks 46), Coombs (Rafferty 46), Lander.

Doncaster: Elliott, Cunningham, Little, Holtham, O’Gorman, Lagonia (England 69), Russell, Lipka, Oxtoby, Fenlon-Billson (Sigsworth 72), Chadwick.