Chelsea FC Women have won the FA Women’s Continental League Cup for the first time, beating London rivals Arsenal 2-1 at The City Ground in Nottingham this evening.
With the two sides level going into stoppage time, the match looked certain to go into extra-time before Beth England popped up with a late, late winner.
Chelsea started the match brightly and they took the lead after just eight minutes when England fired home from six yards after Maren Mjelde had kept the ball alive at the back post following a cross into the box.
Blues keeper Ann-Katrin Berger then superbly denied both Louise Quinn and Jordan Nobbs in quick succession before the German tipped a Vivianne Miedema effort over the bar.
England had a chance to net her second goal shortly before the interval but her headed effort went the wrong side of the post.
The second half took some time to produce the same level of drama. Millie Bright thumped an effort wide from the edge of the box but other than that shot, Chelsea were struggling to rediscover their creativity.
Berger spectacularly denied Miedema on two occasions but she could do little about Arsenal finally levelling matters six minutes before time when Leah Williamson scrambled the ball home after Chelsea failed to deal with a corner kick.
Extra-time beckoned until England was found at the back post to slide home the decisive goal and help Chelsea win the FA Women’s Continental League Cup for the very first time.