Aggie Beever-Jones netted a stoppage-time winner as Chelsea Women came from behind to beat Roma in an exciting pre-season friendly at Kingsmeadow.
The youngster decided a hard-fought contest after the teams shared four goals in the first half. The Italian champions twice went ahead, both fine finishes from the edge of the box, and we twice hit back. Guro Reiten netted our first after combining well with Fran Kirby, and Lauren James picked up from where she left off at the World Cup with a stunning long-ranger that kissed the bar on its way in.
Against opposition whose league campaign begins in less than a fortnight, and with several changes made by both managers, the Blues had the better of the second period and deservedly won it in the third minute of stoppage time, Beever-Jones cutely volleying in Jessie Fleming’s cross.
Emma Hayes, who handed debut minutes in blue to Mia Fishel, Ashley Lawrence and Sjoeke Nusken, will have been delighted with the cohesiveness shown by her players in their first outing of 2023/24, and on a warm evening in Kingston.
In what was a sign of things to come, James fired just wide inside 90 seconds. The chances kept coming at both ends during an open and entertaining first half.
It was our visitors who struck first in the seventh minute. A cross reached Emilie Bosshard Haavi and the Norwegian volleyed a superb, controlled finish from the edge of the box.