Chelsea FC Women are into the semi-finals of this season’s SSE Women’s FA Cup after beating second tier outfit Durham Women 1-0 in their quarter-final tie at New Ferens Park this afternoon.
Ji So-Yun scored the only goal of the game in the first half as The Blues saw off the threat of a well-organised Wildcats side.
It was a tricky start to the match for The Blues with Lisa Robertson’s free-kick for the hosts striking the bar before Sarah Robson could not get her effort from the rebound on target.
Zoe Ness then fired wide from range for Durham before Chelsea took the lead against the run of play when Ji directed the ball into the net after getting on the end of an Erin Cuthbert cross.
Durham were unlucky not to level matters on the stroke of half-time, Ness’ effort was blocked and the ball put out for a corner kick as The Blues went into the interval with their one-goal advantage intact.
Emma Hayes’ side had a great chance to extend their lead early in the second half but Ji fired wide when under pressure from home defender Becky Salicki.
Millie Bright then saw an effort blocked by Robertson before Fran Kirby and Ramona Bachmann couldn’t bundle the ball into the net following a goalmouth scramble. Cuthbert then saw an effort hit the post before the same player had a shot blocked by Kathryn Hill.
Ji and Ali Riley both went close to making it 2-0 late on in the game before Bachmann’s sweet volley hit the post.
Ness saw an injury time effort cleared off the line to safety as Chelsea hung on to reach another SSE Women’s FA Cup semi-final.