Chelsea Ladies have taken a huge step towards lifting the FA Women’s Super League 1 title by beating Sunderland AFC Ladies 2-1 at Kingsmeadow this evening.
Fran Kirby and Eni Aluko got the goals for Emma Hayes’ side as they moved to within one point of lifting the league title.
Chelsea controlled the early proceedings at Kingsmeadow without really testing visiting keeper Rachael Laws.
The Blues’ best chance came after 20 minutes when Erin Cuthbert met a low cross but her shot was deflected just wide of goal. Kirby also came close to breaking the deadlock moments later but keeper Laws stood firm as she won a mental battle with the striker when left one-on-one.
Hayes’ side took the lead four minutes before the break when Kirby fired the ball into the net at the second attempt via a deflection off an opposing defender.
Chelsea were unfortunate not to notch a second before half time with Katie Chapman’s thunderous effort striking the post before Aluko blasted a shot just wide across goal.
The Blues extended their lead 10 minutes into the second period when Jonna Andersson’s cross was deflected into the path of Aluko who stuck the ball into the net with a neat finish from inside the area.
To their credit, Sunderland never gave up and Keira Ramshaw saw a shot go just wide before the same player reduced the arrears with four minutes to go with a clinical finish beyond home keeper Carly Telford.
Dominique Bruinenberg’s effort from distance for Sunderland in injury time flew just over the bar as Chelsea hung on for a 2-1 win which goes along way to helping secure their league crown.
The Blues can win the title with a result at Bristol City Women on Tuesday evening.