Chelsea FC Women have made a big statement in the FA Women’s Super League title race by defeating Manchester City 2-1 at Kingsmeadow.

The Blues were trailing to Caroline Weir’s strike but late goals from Beth England and Karen Mjelde helped Emma Hayes’ side to a smash-and-grab victory.

Chelsea dominated the first half at Kingsmeadow but neither side were able to make the breakthrough. Ji So-Yun tested visiting keeper Ellie Roebuck early on but her effort was too close to the youngster while England was denied by a super save from the Lionesses stopper later in the half.

The Blues went closest to breaking the deadlock soon after the interval but Ji’s strike from the edge of the area cannoned off the post.

Manchester City took the lead five minutes later against the run of play. A cross from the left fell at the feet of Weir who guided the ball low into the corner of the net.

Chelsea responded and both England and Ramona Bachmann went close before the former levelled matters when she headed home from close range.

The turnaround was complete three minutes later when Mjelde bundled the ball into the net from just a couple of yards to hand Chelsea a huge three points in the title race.

Hayes’ side are back in action on Wednesday evening when Reading are the visitors to Kingsmeadow in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup.