Ramona Bachmann’s second half brace inspired Chelsea Ladies to a 3-1 SSE Women’s FA Cup final victory over Arsenal Women at Wembley Stadium.
Fran Kirby’s late strike sealed the victory for Emma Hayes’ side, with Vivianne Miedema netting Arsenal’s only goal of the game after half time.
It is the second time that Chelsea have lifted the trophy, with their first coming against Notts County Ladies in 2015.
The Blues had the first chance of the match in the opening 10 minutes through Bachmann, who beat defender Emma Mitchell with a sublime piece of skill before firing her shot narrowly wide.
Arsenal came close from a set piece minutes later, but defender Louise Quinn was unable to steer header from Jordan Nobbs’ cross on target. Dutch international striker Vivianne Miedema thought she had opened the scoring for The Gunners, only to be denied by a superb goal-line clearance from Chelsea’s Hannah Blundell.
Hayes’ side took the lead shortly after the interval through Bachmann who played a clever exchange with with Kirby before firing her shot into the roof of the net past Arsenal goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.
Chelsea doubled their lead on the hour mark, with Bachmann once again beating van Veenendaal. She cut in from the right side with a couple of stepovers that left Mitchell stranded before her curling effort from outside of the penalty area deflected off Quinn and looped over the Arsenal goalkeeper.
Norwegian defender Maren Mjelde almost added a third shortly after, but her header from Bachmann’s free-kick was denied by Arsenal’s Dutch stopper.
Miedema then pulled a goal back for Arsenal after she turned in Beth Mead’s cross past goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.
The Blues took just two minutes to restore their two-goal advantage with Kirby proving exactly why she was voted as the PFA Women’s Player of the Season. After receiving the ball from Blundell, Kirby turned and dashed into the penalty area before finding the bottom corner of the net with a ferocious strike.
Chelsea are next in action on Wednesday where they face Birmingham City Laies in the FA Women’s Super League 1 at Kingsmeadow.