Chelsea Ladies have regained pole position in the race for the FA Women’s Super League 1 title with a 2-1 victory over Birmingham City Ladies at Kingsmeadow.
Fran Kirby scored another wonder-goal while fellow striker Erin Cuthbert netted possibly the biggest goal of her career to date at the death.
Both Kirby and Jonna Andersson were denied by visiting keeper Ann-Katrin Berger in the opening stages of the match as Chelsea searched for an early advantage.
Emma Hayes’ side soon snatched the lead in spectacular fashion when Kirby curled the ball into the top corner of the net from the edge of the box.
Claire Follis was then denied an equaliser by some composed goalkeeping from home keeper Hedvig Lindahl before Ramona Bachmann forced a good save from Berger at the other end with a powerful strike.
Birmingham City started the second half well and Marisa Ewers blasted a shot just over the bar, an effort which would surely have had Lindahl worried.
Marc Skinner’s side levelled matters in the 62nd minute when Hayley Ladd bundled the ball into the net from 12 yards.
Chelsea responded with Maren Mjelde twice going close. First the Norwegian international saw a shot deflected wide after connecting with a Bachmann free-kick before Berger saved the player’s second effort a few minutes later.
The Blues’ luck seemed to be out until Cuthbert placed the ball into the net from the edge of the box in injury time to convert one point into three and hand Chelsea a huge advantage in the title race.