Second half goals from Beth England and Guro Reiten helped Chelsea FC Women see off the threat of West Ham United Women in their FA Women’s Continental League Cup fixture at Kingsmeadow this afternoon.
The two sides were level for 50 minutes until England broke the deadlock. Norwegian international Reiten netted a second for The Blues 20 minutes later as Emma Hayes’ side collected three group points.
It was the visitors who came closest to scoring early on when Alisha Lehmann saw a powerful effort tipped over the bar by Blues keeper Carly Telford.
England had Chelsea’s best chance of a competitive first half. The forward got on the end of a Ramona Bachmann cross but could not direct the ball on target.
Bachmann went close herself shortly after half-time but her strike went just wide before Chelsea edged ahead when England directed the ball into the net from Magda Eriksson’s cross.
Visiting keeper Anna Moorhouse then did went to deny Adelina Engman before The Blues got a second goal when Reiten netted direct from a corner kick with the West Ham United keeper having not covered herself in glory.
It was a quiet second half for Blues keeper Telford who was largely untroubled with Chelsea going on to win the match 2-0.
Hayes’ side are back in action next Sunday when they travel to Bristol City in the FA Women’s Super League.