Chelsea Ladies continued their perfect start to life at Kingsmeadow with a 3-2 victory over Arsenal Women in the FA Women’s Super League 1 this afternoon.
The Blues needed a late own goal from Gunners keeper Sari Van Veenendaal to ensure that they recorded a ninth straight win at their new home on a thrilling afternoon in Kingston upon Thames.
Fran Kirby came close to opening the scoring early on but was unable to find the back of the net after ghosting in following a free-kick. At the other end, Arsenal were a real threat and 2017 UEFA Women’s European Championship winner Vivianne Miedema struck the woodwork with a sweet strike.
Chelsea took the lead in the 23rd minute when a goalmouth scramble resulted in the ball finding its way to the feet of Maren Mjelde who bundled it into the net.
Emma Hayes’ side continued to press forward and Kirby thrashed a chance straight at Van Veenendaal before Ji So-Yun went close to scoring on two occasions as the half ended 1-0 to the hosts.
Arsenal started the second half in rapid fashion and Danielle Carter, Beth Mead and Danielle van de Donk all had good chances to score before The Gunners did level matters when Miedema prodded the ball into the net from close range following some poor Chelsea defending.
It took Chelsea just four minutes to regain the lead when Ji’s effort somehow beat Van Veenendaal before Arsenal levelled almost instantly with Dominique Janssen netting at the second attempt after initially being denied by Blues keeper Hedvig Lindahl.
Van Veenendaal then did superbly to keep a Mjelde shot out of the net before the Dutch keeper fumbled a ball from Jonna Andersson over her own goal-line to hand Chelsea their decisive third goal.
Arsenal were unable to recover from their late blow as the match ended in a 3-2 victory for the hosts.