BELLES’ unbeaten start in the new Women’s Super League was ended in emphatic fashion.
Vicky Exley headed Doncaster in front as the home side enjoyed the better of the first half in front of 578 noisy fans at the Keepmoat Stadium.
But Danni Buet equalised in spectacular style just before the break and Chelsea turned the game on its head in the second half with goals from Danni Bird, Ashlee Hincks and Emma Plewa.
John Buckley’s side burst out of the blocks and Precious Hamilton, Aine O’Gorman and Exley all went close before the hosts grabbed a deserved lead.
The source of the goal came as no surprise as Kylla Sjoman, who had caused several problems with her superb set piece delivery, sent over another dangerous corner and Exley powered home a header.
But Chelsea grew in stature as the contest went on and found a crucial equaliser five minutes before the break when Buet’s speculative 35-yard effort caught goalkeeper Helen Alderson off guard and nestled in the top corner.
Belles failed to reproduce the same sort of spirit and organisation after the break.
And they found themselves behind just three minutes into the second period when they failed to defend a routine cross and Bird poked home gratefully from close range.
Hincks then clipped home a third on the hour after a neat turn on the edge of the area, and substitute Plewa added a late fourth to rub salt into the wounds.
* See this week’s Free Press for more pictures and reaction to the Belles’ first home game in the FA WSL.