Chelsea FC Women’s wait for a first FA Women’s Continental League Cup final appearance goes on after The Blues crashed to a 2-0 semi-final defeat to Manchester City Women at Kingsmeadow last night.
The ‘Conti Cup’ is the only domestic trophy left for Chelsea to win but they must wait at least another year to lift that piece of silverware after losing the first of a double-header against City.
It was a bright enough start from Emma Hayes’ side with Fran Kirby testing visiting keeper Karen Bardsley from distance and Erin Cuthbert also going close inside the first 10 minutes of the match.
Cuthbert tested Bardsley with a thunderous shot later in the half before Millie Bright saw a shot cleared off the line as the first 45 minutes ended goalless.
Manchester City’s first real goalscoring opportunity came just after the break when Nikita Parris found herself one-on-one with Blues keeper Hedvig Lindahl but the Swede came out on top.
It was Parris who broke the deadlock two minutes later after Deanna Cooper had fouled her in the box. The England international stepped up to take the resulting penalty kick and made no mistake from 12 yards.
Chelsea responded and Ji So-Yun fired a shot into the arms of Bardsley before Georgia Stanway could only hit the side-netting at the other end after rounding Lindahl.
Manchester City finally made sure of their win when Parris raced away and calmly slotted the ball beyond Lindahl into the net to cap-off a 2-0 victory.
Chelsea and Manchester City meet again in the FA Women’s Super League at The Academy Stadium on Sunday.