Chelsea have retained the FA Women’s Continental League Cup by defeating Bristol City 6-0 in this afternoon’s final at Vicarage Road.
Sam Kerr netted a hat-trick for The Blues while there was also a brace for Fran Kirby and a goal for Norwegian international midfielder Guro Reiten as Emma Hayes’ side ran riot in Watford.
Chelsea were ahead after just one minute and 27 seconds against The Robins. Reiten played a nice ball through to Kirby who teed up Kerr to tap home from a couple of yards.
One goal quickly became two when Bristol City were punished for some sloppy play on the edge of their own box. The ball being gifted to Kirby who again played in Kerr to score.
Kirby then fired an effort narrowly wide herself before Bristol City defender Kiera Skeels almost directed a cross into her own net.
A mistake from Bristol City goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley gifted Kirby the ball and the opportunity to net Chelsea’s third goal, a chance which she took, chipping in from distance.
The England international rifled in Chelsea’s fourth and her second soon after, before the outstretched leg of Baggaley denied her a hat-trick three minutes before the break.
Two more close range finishes put Chelsea 6-0 up soon after the break as Kirby played in Kerr for the hat-trick before Reiten struck the ball home, ending a flowing move which also involved Kerr and Kirby.
Baggaley then made up for her first half blunder by twice denying Kerr in quick succession, either side of an excellent save from Ann-Katrin Berger at the other end, the German keeping Ebony Salmon’s effort out of the net.
Salmon soon forced another good save from the Chelsea keeper before The Blues were made to play out the remaining minutes with 10 players following a truly horrific injury to defender Maren Mjelde, an incident which saw her leave the field on a stretcher.
Mjelde’s injury, along with a number of substitutions, took some of the sting out of the game and there were to be no further goals as Chelsea recorded a 6-0 win to retain the FA Women’s Continental League Cup.