Chelsea FC Women are into the fifth round of this season’s SSE Women’s FA Cup after beating Everton Ladies 2-0 at The Merseyrail Community Stadium in Southport this afternoon.
There were at least three pitch inspections and a delayed kick-off before the match was finally allowed to get underway and it was Chelsea who were to emerge victorious thanks to two second half goals.
Both sides went close to breaking the deadlock during a cagey first 45 minutes. Debutant Blues keeper Ann-Katrin Berger did well to palm away a Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah effort before Erin Cuthbert forced a wonderful save from home keeper Kirstie Levell just moments later.
It was Chelsea who looked the brighter of the two sides after the break with Hannah Blundell and Fran Kirby calling Levell into action.
Emma Hayes’ side finally grabbed the lead midway through the half when Drew Spence found the corner of the net with a clinical effort.
Jonna Andersson soon went close to doubling The Blues’ lead but couldn’t keep her effort down before Blundell made sure of the win in injury time with a composed finish.
The Blues now await the outcome of the fifth round draw for the SSE Women’s FA Cup ahead of a busy week of FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Continental League Cup action.