Beth England netted two goals for Chelsea as they recorded a 4-0 victory over Everton at Kingsmeadow this afternoon.
Emma Hayes’ side trailed The Blue Girls in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table coming into the match, however, they did have a game in hand on their opponents and could’ve closed the gap with a victory.
Ji So-Yun put the home side ahead after quarter of an hour when she controlled well with her chest just outside of the area and placed a half-volley into Sandy MacIver’s bottom right corner. Chelsea continued to find themselves in decent shooting positions outside the Everton 18-yard box but they were unable to conjure up anything to severely trouble MacIver.
Chelsea had the better chances of the first half and will have been disappointed to only have been 1-0 up at the break.
Pernille Harder had the chance to double the lead when a Jonna Andersson corner ran all the way through to the back post but the Danish forward couldn’t steer her header on target. England then had a chance of her own when she brought a ball over the top under her control to put her one-on-one with MacIver, however, the Chelsea number nine was driven out wide and she could only find the side-netting from the narrow angle.
Maren Mjelde turned sharply in the area and was brought down. It looked like the referee was going to give a penalty kick but the ball fell to England who struck left-footed first time into the net to double her side’s advantage.
Just two minutes later she had her brace. MacIver produced a wonderful save to push a powerful shot from the edge of the area onto the bar but England reacted first to the rebound and bundled the ball in to give her side a 3-0 lead.
Everton didn’t let their heads drop however, and very nearly got a goal back when Damaris Egurrola’s downward header looked to be creeping in but bounced back off the post, much to the dismay of the Spaniard.
Chelsea added insult to injury when deep into stoppage time they claimed their fourth goal with the last kick of the game. Some neat passing on the edge of the area created the space for Harder to shoot from 25 yards but she still had a lot of work to do. She let fly with a wonderful shot with her weaker left foot and the ball nestled into the top corner giving MacIver no chance.
The result takes Chelsea up to second place in the table, although it may only be temporarily with Manchester United facing Arsenal this afternoon.