Chelsea lifted the FA Women’s Continental League Cup for the first time in their history after defeating FA Women’s Super League rivals Arsenal 2-1 at The City Ground in Nottingham.
The Blues took an early lead in the tie when Beth England scrambled the ball home from six yards after Maren Mjelde had kept the move alive at the back post before goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger almost single-handedly kept her side in the lead with a string of fine saves.
Chelsea’s resistance was finally broken six minutes from time when Leah Williamson fired in after The Blues had failed to clear the ball following a corner kick from the left. The game then looked to be heading to extra-time until forward England struck at the death to win the tie for her side.
Emma Hayes’ side had not featured in any of the previous eight FA Women’s Continental League Cup finals and The Blues become just the third different side to win the competition since it was launched in 2011.
The South West Londoners ended the 2018/2019 campaign without any silverware and the players were clearly delighted to end that short trophy drought after the final whistle sounded in Nottingham. Several members of the squad have taken to Twitter to express their delight at becoming FA Women’s Continental League Cup winners.
This is why we play. Last night was amazing. Unbelievable support from the fans. We’re not done yet. Next piece of silverware already in our sight. We keep going 💙 pic.twitter.com/G3AqGnKtB5
— Magdalena Eriksson (@MagdaEricsson) March 1, 2020
— Bethany England (@Bethany_Eng15) March 1, 2020
Yesterday was a night full of emotions. Being injured almost the whole season has been very tough. All the hard work you’ve put down every single day is because of moments like this! Im so proud of this team💙 1/3🏆✅ pic.twitter.com/yRnG09CR6r
— Maria Thorisdottir (@MariaThorisdott) March 1, 2020
That winning feeling. Love my team 💙 pic.twitter.com/UDLD1LBPOk
— Maren Mjelde (@MarenMjelde) February 29, 2020
— Deanna Cooper (@Deanna_Cooper21) February 29, 2020
My best friend for life. Another trophy together💙😍🏆😘 https://t.co/396YcYP57T
— Millie Bright (@Mdawg1bright) February 29, 2020
So proud of a massive team effort from everyone involved!!! That wasn’t pretty but we gave everything to be bringing that trophy back to South London tonight 💙💙💙 https://t.co/x78VIqZxiT
— Erin Cuthbert (@erincuthbert_) February 29, 2020
Chelsea will now turn their attentions to winning back the FA Women’s Super League title while they also remain in the Women’s FA Cup.