Chelsea Ladies made it two wins out of two in the FA Women’s Super League 1 with a 6-0 thrashing of part-time outfit Sunderland AFC Ladies at Mariners Park in South Shields on Saturday evening.
Fran Kirby, Gemma Davison (two), Ji So-Yun, Erin Cuthbert and Eni Aluko got the goals as The Blues ran riot on the north east coast without manager Emma Hayes who missed the match through illness.
Ramona Bachmann recorded the first shot on goal of the match but her effort was unable to trouble Anke Preuss in the Sunderland goal.
Chelsea took the lead in the 23rd minute when Kirby made space on the edge of the box and unleashed a superb curling strike into the corner of the net.
Millie Bright then fired an effort wide before Preuss produced a superb save from Davison’s strike as Chelsea went into the half time interval with a one-goal advantage.
The Blues started the second half in control of the match and Davison was again denied by Preuss before Ji saw an effort deflected wide. Chelsea were then denied a second goal when Gilly Flaherty’s effort was ruled out for offside.
Kirby and Magda Eriksson then saw efforts saved by Preuss before Davison beat the Sunderland keeper with a low shot to make it 2-0.
That goal opened the Sunderland floodgates and Davison doubled her tally just four minutes later when she nudged Ji’s cross into the net before the South Korean got her name on the scoresheet with a thunderous strike which found the back of the net via the crossbar.
Cuthbert then made it five when she fired in from the edge of the box before Aluko scored Chelsea’s sixth of the match with an easy finish.
The Blues’ 6-0 demolition in the north east means that they have scored 12 goals without reply in their opening two FA Women’s Super League 1 matches of the new season.