Chelsea FC Women have recorded their biggest result of the season so far by defeating FA Women’s Super League champions Arsenal at Kingsmeadow.
The Blues fell behind to Danielle van de Donk’s early goal but second half strikes from Beth England and Maria Thorisdottir saw the game turn in the South West Londoners’ favour.
Chelsea had the first effort of the match, Fran Kirby found space but was unable to beat The Gunners keeper Manuela Zinsberger from a tight angle.
The Blues were soon to fall behind when Van de Donk was given too much time and space and she fired an effort beyond home keeper Ann-Katrin Berger into the net.
Ji So-Yun and Kirby both saw efforts whistle wide of the Arsenal goal before a Guro Reiten shot struck the crossbar.
Chelsea started the second period brightly and Maren Mjelde’s shot caused problems for Zinsberger, although the keeper was able to claim the ball at the second attempt.
Emma Hayes’ side were soon to get their reward and when Kirby put a cross into the box, England was on-hand to fire the ball home.
Chelsea pushed for a winning goal and four minutes from time they got it. Substitute Thorisdottir took aim from distance and the ball flew into the back of the net.
The result sees The Blues leapfrog Arsenal into second place in the FA Women’s Super League table, two points behind leaders Manchester City.