Milton Keynes Dons Ladies were beaten 6-1 by Women’s Super League side Chelsea FC in a pre-season fixture on Sunday.
The Ladies travelled to the Blue’s training ground missing a number of players through illness and work commitments.
Despite the lack of experience the younger players that had equipped themselves so well in the previous fixture had a nervous start and quickly found themselves 2-0 down to a Chelsea team full of experience at the highest level.
The home side looked comfortable with their two goal cushion before the Dons’ passing ability began to pay dividends with much more chances being created. A chance for striker Dan Borielle would have seen the Ladies pull one back, but she saw her goal disallowed for offside. Borielle went close again after Bryony Levitt did well down the wing but still the Dons couldn’t find that elusive first goal to get them back into the game.
Then completely against the run of play, Chelsea scored their third goal thanks to a mixture of poor defensive decisions and some excellent passing from the top division club.
John Dyer’s side made a number of changes at half time which led to a much improved second half performance with the Dons beginning to play neat passing football which resulted in them snatching a goal back through Heather McDonnell (pictured top). McDonnell calmly rounded the defenceless ‘keeper and slotted the ball into the net.
Unfortunately hopes of a late Dons come back vanished as the experienced Chelsea side converted three more times to wrap up a comfortable victory for the Super League club.
Despite the defeat Manager John Dyer remained positive and speaking to mkdons.com, said: “The positives for us today vastly outweigh the negatives, when you look at the overall performance.
“We were beaten by a group of very talented players and a female club that is known as one of the best in the country. We were honoured to play here today and to experience playing against such skilled opposition.
“It is clear from this that there is still work to do but when you consider where Chelsea currently are in the WSL (Women’s Super League) this is not too disappointing. We still have players on holidays, ill and injured still to come back and this should provide us with an excellent base for the fast improving young side.”