Chelsea, INAC Kobe advance to Mobcast Cup final

Jeff Kassouf December 4, 2013 32

Chelsea Ladies are through to the Mobcast final after beating Sydney FC on Wednesday. (Photo Courtesy Chelsea Ladies)

Chelsea Ladies are through to the final of the Mobcast Cup after holding off a late surge from Sydney FC in a thrilling 3-2 semifinal victory on Wednesday. Chelsea will face Japan’s INAC Kobe Leonessa in the final after the home side handled South American champions Colo-Colo of Chile, 3-0.

Leading 3-0 late in their semifinal, Chelsea looked set to cruise into the championship game on Sunday. But Renee Rollason scored in the 75th minute on a free kick that beat Chelsea keeper Marie Hourihan from 25 yards, and Jodie Taylor added a second goal for Sydney six minutes later to make the English side uncomfortable.

Laura Coombs opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 36th minute and English international Eniola Aluko doubled the Blues’ advantage in the 52nd minute. Aluko finished a rebound after Japan international Yuki Ogimi, enjoying a homecoming of sorts during the Mobcast Cup, smashed a free kick off the bar. Ogimi scored what ended up being the game-winner in the 57th minute.

Taylor nearly put Sydney level after Aluko’s opener, but Taylor’s header bounced off the crossbar. The Australian W-League champions will face Colo-Colo on Saturday in the third place game.

American Allie Long, who joined Chelsea on short-term loan for the Mobcast Cup, started and played the full 90 minutes.

Elsewhere, Nadeshiko League champions for the third straight year and League Cup winners in 2013, predictably handled their Chilean foes.

American Beverly Goebel, who led the league in scoring in 2013, opened the scoring in the 15th minute. Nahomi Kawasumi added a second goal in the 39th minute and Emi Nakajima iced the game in the second half.

Chelsea and INAC Kobe Leonessa now face off on Sunday (local time, Saturday at 11:10 p.m. Eastern) in the championship.

  • Steglitz49

    The Japanese and MobCast seem to be getting value for money. Should Chelsea Ladies prevail, Allie Long will be unique, if not in clover.

  • STT

    Eh, I’m a little miffed by Chelsea making it to the final since they didn’t actually win anything to get o the competition (and I don’t like the English “big four” in general), but the organization did show they take this international competition very seriously and beat a very good Sydney side (even it was fueled by mercs) so props to them, I guess.

    • Steglitz49

      It will be interesting to learn the attendance. Yuki Ogimi plays for Chelsea Ladies and Chelsea is a glamorous club, so let’s hope that the turn-out was reasonable for a mid-week fixture in winter.

      • STT

        Attendances were already reported on WSU: 2892 for the INAC-Colo match and 2201 for Chelsea-SFC. Pretty good, I guess.

        • gerd karl

          the attendances are bad, by the u 20 tournament was 10000 more.

          • Steglitz49

            Knock me over with a feather. These are mid-week matches, not weekend.

            The German league, who play most if not all their matches on Sundays with a few on Saturdays had these figures to brag about:
            — last season the average as 890 with tops for FF at 2300 & Potsdam with 2200;
            — this season so far the average is 1200 with the tops being the She-wolves on 3700, Potsam 2900, Clopps on 1800 and FF on 1600.

            The Japanese numbers are pretty impressive by any standards. Go for broke, MobCasters.

          • STT

            haha Nice try; you can’t compare an official FIFA national-team tournament to an unofficial club-team tournament.

            It’d be way more appropriate to compare to Japanese L-League attendances – 2013 average of around 1800 – or UWCL attendances – in the current ’13-’14 campaign, only 11/48 games had over 2k, much worse than mobcast’s 2/3.

      • gerd karl

        glamorous club, yes, by the men.
        the women of chelsea play the season very bad.

        • Steglitz49

          Chelsea are playing well now, which is what matters. Their men were glamorous from the start, not least in the early 70s when Peter Osgood was their big draw. They won a classic FA cup replay against Leeds.

  • STT

    haha I just realized: The nine goals scored in the competition so far have been evenly split between the Japanese, English, and Aussie clubs, and there’s a fun rotation involved there, as one of the English club’s scorers is Japanese and one of the Aussie club’s scorers is English. Would finish the circle if BGY was an Aussie and not American. X-D

    • Steglitz49

      BGY = Que?! and X-D = quoi? Or, do I mean hvad or hvornar?

      • STT

        ….please tell me you’re just joking around. ^.^”

        • Steglitz49

          I am a bear of little brain but the penny has dropped on Bev Goebel-Yanez — my excuse is the missing hyphen (weak admittedly);
          but X-D still has me stumped — Xynthia Danegeld? I can’t turn it into Becky Moros. I am stuffed.

          • STT

            Ah, okay…. X-D is just an emoticon. (face on its side, mouth in a big wide smile)

          • Steglitz49

            Thank you. I never use those and neither do my correspondents so I do not learn them.

  • gerd karl

    no wolfsburg, cl winner, german champ and german cup winner.
    no lyon, france champion and cup winner
    chelsea ladies, what win the chelsea ladies, nothing

    mobcast cup is a joke

    • Steglitz49

      Lyon came last year, when they had won the Champions League. The She-wolves did not this year. Do we know why? I have assumed that it was because they could not rearrange matches because lack of money can hardly have been the issue.

      The Japanese get to see Yuki Ogimi play, so all is not lost.

      Finally, why would they invite Lyon? They screwed up royally against Potsdam. Might as well have invited the champions of the Faeroe Islands.

      • gerd karl

        the vfl wolfsburg play in the bundesliga 01.12.2013 against sgs essen.
        wolfsburg won 2-0.
        wolfsburg play bundesliga 07.12.2013, 13.00, live by eurosport

        • Steglitz49

          Let’s trust that a team whose league plays a summer season, like Arsenal or Tyresö, win the Champions League next May, there will be no clashes, and the Lady Gunners both have the name recognition and the money to travel.

          • gerd karl

            no, no wolfsburg or turbine win the champions league.
            arsenal is a loser team and tyresö is to bad.

          • Steglitz49

            You, if anyone, ought to be mindful of Bern 1954 if not Frankfurt 2011.

    • Joshua

      Maybe Wolf’s Lair, errr, Wolfsburg couldn’t make the trip because Volkswagen wouldn’t pay for it. Cheapskate parent company?

      Maybe Chelsea only team in Europe that isn’t broke…

      • gerd karl

        the vfl wolfsburg must play in the bundesliga 7.12.2013 13.00 live by eurosport.
        mopcast cup is a joke.

    • xman22702

      Wolfsburg and Lyon didn’t compete because of the overlapping UEFA Champions League schedule, and Chelsea got invited.

      • Steglitz49

        Lyon competed last year when they won. There is no conflict with the Champions League schedule. It is the domestic season that conflicts.
        Let’s hope a team from a league who play a summer schedule, like Arsenal or Tyresö, win the Champions League because then there will be no conflicting commitments.

        • xman22702

          Thank you for the correction. I knew some schedule conflicted, but I wasn’t sure which one.

  • wosofan

    Beverly Goebel led the entire Japanese 1st Division league in scoring last year???? That either means she has amazing talent that has been unjustifiably ignored by Sermanni, or that the Japanese league is weak weak weak. Wasn’t Goebel a bench player for the 2011 WNY Flash?? Can someone with knowledge of this player and the Japanese league please explain this to me — how can she be the best in the league??

    • tom fruin

      A lot of the best Japanese players are based in Europe. Ando, Ohno, Iwabuchi, Ogimi, Kumagai, Utsugi ect.
      We all know how good Sweden is, right? But there’s not one Swede that’s in the top ten, goal scoring wise, in their own domestic top league. That’s because their very best scorers, Shelin, Fisher, Jacobson & Alsani play their pro ball in other countries

      • wosofan

        my point wasn’t Goebel’s nationality, it was her playing ability, and the fact that nobody in Japan was better than her at scoring. This suggests a very weak league. Sweden has top foreign talent in their league like Press and Mittag. If Press, Mittag, and Marta were the top scorers in Japan’s league, I wouldn’t be calling the Japan league weak.

        • Steglitz49

          The japanese ladies enjoy playing their soccer. They seem always to be smiling. They have welcomed Beck and Bev with open arms. I am surprised that more American lasses don’t try for Japan. Maybe they do and are found wanting.

          The Japanese league is a bit uneven. Kobe Leonessa dominate and one possibly two teams an sometimes give them a run for their money. The Nadeshiko League is like the French league and what the Swedish league has become. Money rules.

        • tom fruin

          there’s this one blogger at
          http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/profiles/blogs/lets-s-do-mathematics

          that thinks Beverly is the best forward in the world! but otherwise she has had a bit of an unremarkable career, goal wise, as she’s only scored one goal each of the last 3 years for her former clubs, Freedom, Flash & a 2nd division Finnish team.
          So you are basically correct when calling the Nadeshiko League “weaker” compared to the NWSL, Bundesliga & Swedes. What might of helped her was that she plays for the three- pete champs, Kobe, the team with probably the best midfielders in the league.
          Womens soccer isn’t that big of a participation sport in Japan. There were only 250K registered females of all ages playing soccer in the country before the 2011 WC.
          Japan played recently at the East Asian Games using just it’s Nadeshiko League based players and only managed third, loosing to both N Korea & China.
          So perhaps Sermanni should give her a tryout for the USWNT, but only to silence her admires, as I don’t think she would be good enough to make a roster which is all ready saturated with top quality forwards.

          • necron99

            I don’t think Bev would beat out Wambach, Morgan, Leroux, or Press who are already proven entities on the USWNT. However Bev did not play as a forward on the Freedom or the Flash, so goal scoring was not expected.