Jean-Pierre Muhayimana reports on a thumping win for the Blues.
Chelsea Ladies cruised to victory over Doncaster Rover Belles securing progression to the quarter finals of The Women’s FA Cup.
The Blues made three changes to side that beat Birmingham City ladies in the Women’s Super League. Carly Telford replaced Hedvig Lindahl in between the sticks, Maren Mjelde came in for club captain Katie Chapman with Anita Asante being given the captains armband for the first time and Magdalena Eriksson slotted into defence alongside Millie Bright replacing Maria Thorisdottir.
It was Chelsea who fashioned the first opportunity of the game when a well worked corner resulted in Drew Spence having an effort inside the box palmed away by Belles Keeper Bethan Davies into the path who struck the rebound over the bar.
Only 12 minutes in to the game, Chelsea took the lead. Ji-So Yun was played in by Crystal Dunn and her first shot was well saved by Davies, but the keeper could do nothing to prevent the rebounded effort.
The Blues created more chances to extend their lead with Eriksson seeing her header from a cross tipped over the bar by Davies. Likewise, Davies denied the Blues again when Fran Kirby was played through on goal superbly by Bright saw her close range kept out by the Belles Keeper.
Doncaster had a glorious chance to grab an equaliser when a deep free-kick was played into the box by Sophie Walton and Jessica Sigworth’s deflected effort on goal was cleared off the line by Asante.
Nevertheless, the Blues kept the pressure and went close to second yet again when, Ramona Bachmann’s made magnificent run and superb skill to evade two defenders allowed her to strike at goal, but her effort went just wide of the post.
The half-time whistle blew with Chelsea looking the more positive going into the second half and Doncaster still vying to get back into the game. No changes were made by both sides after the interval.
Similarly, to the first half, the blues started on the front foot with Bachmann beating one defender with a great piece of skill and watching her brilliantly curled effort put out for a corner by Davies. Unfortunately for the blues, the corner came to no avail and the Doncaster were able to clear comfortably.
However, the game was put to bed when Chelsea scored two goals in 4 minutes. The first one came from Kirby as Ji made a good run into the box and played Kirby in to strike her low drive go under the hands of Davies to make it 2-0 on 49 minutes. The second came after Ji played a superb ball into the box to find spence in acres of space, who then placed her effort into the roof of the net on 53 minutes.
Things got worse for the belles, when Chelsea got their fourth of the game in the 67th minute. Only a few minutes after coming on, Eniola Aluko sent an inviting ball into the box for Erin Cuthbert to steer her header into ground and into the net. The blues were unfortunate to not get a fifth five minutes later, when davies made a spectacular save after Bachmann played a ball into the feet of Blundell, only for her point-blank effort to be palmed away by the keeper.
Chelsea were awarded a penalty when Aluko was tripped inside the box by belle’s defender Rhiannon Roberts. Bachmann stepped up to take the penalty and rifled the spot-kick into the top corner to give the blues a 5-0 lead. However, the ladies didn’t stop their pursuit as they increased their lead to 6 on 88 minutes. Cuthbert found space and made a superb run into the box, she then done a sublime turn to get past the defender and slot the ball into the corner of the net.
Next up for the blues is an away game against Yeovil in Women’s Super league. As for Doncaster. A trip to Birmingham awaits them as they face Aston Villa in the second division.