Clinical Chelsea continue domestic domination


Emma Hayes praised her ‘clinical’ Chelsea Ladies side as they kicked-off their Continental Tyres Cup campaign in comfortable style.

Their 3-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion Women was their fifth consecutive domestic victory – and fifth consecutive clean sheet – this season.

And having hailed her team for their defensive vigilance in the 6-0 league win over Yeovil Town on Sunday, manager Hayes was quick to ensure her strikers got their recognition following last night’s victory.

She said: “We were clinical and the score-line was reflective of that.

“It took a while to break Brighton down they were organised and disciplined and defended well. Full credit to them.

“I think the early goal from Fran (Kirby) settled us and in the second half we were a bit more expansive and certainly had better width in the midfield areas, so as a result of that we moved the ball a lot better.”

Having taken the lead after 13 minutes, with Kirby smartly volleying home Ji So-Yun’s deep cross, the Kingsmeadow side had to wait until the last quarter of an hour to make the scoreline more emphatic.

Substitute Crystal Dunn smashed in off the underside of the bar to double the lead, and So-Yun capped a fine individual display with a tidy half-volley.

“Brighton didn’t attack a lot, but with (Ini) Umotong up top they had a player that was threatening and pacy,” Hayes conluded. “We needed the second goal to be comfortable in the game. A very good performance.”

Brighton & Hove Albion: (4-5-1): Sansom; Roe, Whelan, Rithcie, Perry; Thomas, Buet, Barton, Legg (Natkiel 73), Gibbons; Umotong (Somes 88). Subs NU: Gillet, Rafferty, Whelan, Taylor
Chelsea (3-5-2): Lindahl; Bright (Carney 72), Thorsidottir, Eriksson; Davison, Chapman, Mielde, So-Yun, Rafferty (Dunn 64); Bachmann (Aluko 75), Kirby. Subs NU: Telford, Blundell, Flaherty, Cuthbert.

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