Chelsea have won the FA Women’s Community Shield by defeating 10-player Manchester City 2-0 at Wembley this afternoon.
Millie Bright’s second half thunderbolt fired Emma Hayes’ blues side ahead just moments after Manchester City midfielder Jill Scott had been dismissed for a second bookable offence. Substitute Erin Cuthbert rifled home from 16-yards to complete the victory in second half injury time.
The first half produced plenty of excitement at both ends of the pitch but no goals. Sam Kerr spurned an excellent opportunity to open the scoring after just three minutes but fired just wide when she looked certain to strike the ball home while Georgia Stanway’s strike stung the palms of Ann-Katrin Berger at the other end.
Manchester City thought they had scored just before the half-hour when debutant Chloe Kelly bamboozled the Chelsea defence before delivering the ball into the feet of Janine Beckie who placed it into the net. Unfortunately for the Canadian international, the linesman’s flag was up for offside.
Kerr then wasted another great chance for Chelsea before Kelly’s excellent first half ended with the player watching a shot cannon off the post.
The second half brought further misfortune for the off-colour Kerr who produced another astounding miss after being perfectly teed up by Fran Kirby. Stanway was the next culprit as she scuffed an effort wide for City before Kerr again produced a real blunder in-front of goal on what was a dreadful afternoon for the Australian international.
The game’s turning point came just after the hour. City midfielder Scott put in a trademark crunching tackle on Ji So-yun which left the South Korean international in pain on the ground. The challenge was honest and whole-hearted from Scott but the referee deemed that it deserved a second yellow card, handing the City midfielder an early bath.
Chelsea then went up the other end and broke the deadlock. Defender Bright took aim from more than 30 yards and the ball flew beyond City keeper Ellie Roebuck into the back of the net.
Ji had a couple of chances to put the game to bed but failed to test Roebuck before Chelsea substitute Cuthbert rifled home from inside the box in second half injury time to cap-off a 2-0 victory for The Blues as they won the first FA Women’s Community Shield in 12 years.