Chelsea FC Women have kept their faint hopes of retaining their FA Women’s Super League title alive with a 6-0 victory over Bristol City Women at Kingsmeadow this evening.
England international forward Fran Kirby and utility player Beth England both netted hat-tricks for The Blues as Emma Hayes’ side made easy work of a so often well-drilled Bristol City outfit.
It took Chelsea just two minutes to open the scoring at Kingsmeadow when Erin Cuthbert teed up Kirby to fire home from inside the area.
Cuthbert was again the supplier four minutes later when she created England’s first goal of the game with the player netting with a shot from just a few yards out.
Kirby made it 3-0 with another close range finish before Ramona Bachmann’s long range effort was kept out by visiting keeper Sophie Baggaley.
England twice went close to adding to her side’s lead early in the second half but was denied by Baggaley. It was a case of third time lucky for the former Liverpool loanee when she tapped home after some good work by Bachmann.
Deanna Cooper then headed an effort at Baggaley before Chelsea won a penalty kick when Gemma Evans fouled Adelina Engman in the box. Kirby stepped up to successfully convert the spot kick to complete her hat-trick and make it 5-0 to The Blues.
England completed her hat-trick two minutes from time when she headed home an Ali Carter cross to cap-off a fine 6-0 victory for The Blues.
Chelsea are back in action on 13 March when they travel to Liverpool Women in the FA Women’s Super League.