Blues come back from brink

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Chelsea gained a vital away win at West Ham on Sunday afternoon, after falling behind to a lively counter-attacking home side, writes Jane Grove.

For all their domination of the London derby at Rush Green, nervy Chelsea went 1-0 down just before the hour mark.

But a super strike by Ji So-Yun after a leveller from Sophie Ingle turned things around in the second half in an impressive comeback. And a shot from sub Drew Spence in the last minute of stoppage time clinched a 3-1 victory for the Blues.

Chelsea Women had the best of the chances in the early stages, with Guro Reiten going close to scoring after this effort (above) by Beth England was comfortably held… but it was still 0-0 at half-time.

The game, played in dazzlingly bright low sunshine, saw the Hammers go ahead against the run of play.

But Chelsea levelled through Sophie Ingle after 70 minutes, and moments later Ji unleashed a phenomenal shot to prompt choruses of gleeful chants from the Blues’ travelling army.

The Blues urgently needed to win to leapfrog Arsenal, who beat Man City 1-0 in their top-of-the-table clash.

With only four players on the subs’ bench, Irons manager Matt Beard ran out of options for substitutes as the Hammers chased for a late equaliser.

As a glorious sunset spread across east London, Chelsea hung on for three points after their early scare, with Spence getting a late, late extra goal.