Chelsea FC Women’s FA Women’s Super League title hopes have been given a huge shot in the arm after The Blues won 2-1 at league leaders Arsenal this afternoon.
Erin Cuthbert netted both goals for Emma Hayes’ side as they gained revenge for their shock 5-0 home defeat to The Gunners in October.
Chelsea started brightly at Meadow Park and Karen Carney and Millie Bright both went close to opening the scoring early in the match.
The Blues took the lead just before the half-hour mark when Hannah Blundell’s cross was met by the head of Cuthbert and the ball sailed over home keeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin into the roof of the net.
Opponents Arsenal showed little in attack and they had no answer to their setback in the remainder of the first half as Chelsea went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
The second half saw Chelsea comfortably defend their one-goal advantage. The Blues created the first real chance of the half when Beth England headed Carney’s cross into the net but the goal was chalked off for offside, a marginal decision.
Disappointment soon turned to delight for Hayes’ side when Cuthbert was in the right place, at the right time inside the box to lash in both her’s and Chelsea’s second goal of the game.
Vivianne Miedema pulled a goal back for The Gunners with 10 minutes to go after connecting with a Kim Little cross. The Dutch striker twice threatened to level the scores in the closing stages of the match but Chelsea held on.
The Blues are back in action on 27 January when Birmingham City are the visitors to Kingsmeadow.