Chelsea have returned to winning ways in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with a 3-0 victory over London rivals Arsenal in icy conditions at Kingsmeadow this evening.
Pernille Harder proved to be the difference with the player scoring a brace, while Fran Kirby was also exceptional, netting Chelsea’s other goal and providing two assists. The victory sees Emma Hayes’ side gain a valuable three points in the title race.
In the first half, Chelsea had plenty of early possession and put pressure on Arsenal, however, the half was to end goalless. The best chance of the half came from Vivianne Miedema in the 20th minute but she was denied by the legs of home keeper Ann-Katrin Berger when through on goal.
Chelsea finally broke Arsenal’s resistance three minutes into the second half. A nice link-up between Kirby and Harder resulted in the latter firing the ball beyond visiting keeper Lydia Williams.
Ten minutes later, Chelsea then scored another goal to make it 2-0. Pernille Harder was on target with her second of the night.
Despite The Blues’ dominance, Arsenal did have chances of their own, with the likes of Danielle van de Donk and Miedema getting in good positions but neither managed to take advantage of their opportunities.
In the final minute, Kirby sealed the win by scoring her ninth goal of the season. She latched onto a through ball before striking a shot diagonally across Williams into the net.
Tonight’s victory sees Chelsea go three points clear at the top of the table with Manchester United and Manchester City set to face each other at The Academy Stadium on Friday evening. Arsenal find themselves dropping points against a title rival yet again and their hopes of lifting the title now look very unlikely. The Gunners must now focus on the fight for UEFA Women’s Champions League qualification.
Article author: Megan Grey