Chelsea FC Women have recorded their first win of the season in the FA Women’s Super League by beating struggling Brighton & Hove Albion Women 2-0 at Kingsmeadow.
Fran Kirby and Erin Cuthbert hit The Blues’ first goals of the league season at the fourth time of asking to heap further misery on Hope Powell’s Albion.
Chelsea had early chances to take the lead with Kirby forcing a good save from Albion keeper Marie Hourihan before Ramona Bachmann saw an effort cleared off the line.
Hourihan then made two great saves in a short period of time to deny Cuthbert before Chelsea finally took the lead when Kirby’s fine volley flew into the net beyond the Albion keeper. It was Cuthbert who soon made it 2-0 when she connected with a Bachmann cross to divert the ball into the corner of Hourihan’s goal.
The visitors were unlucky not to reduce the arrears early in the second half when Blues keeper Carly Telford superbly denied Ini Umotong when left one-on-one with the Albion striker.
As one would expect, Chelsea retained their own threat in the match and Hourihan was in the right place to block a Kirby shot before Cuthbert blasted the rebound over the bar.
Magda Eriksson and Umotong had chances to score for their respective sides late on but both keepers again came out on top as Chelsea went into the international break with three points courtesy of a 2-0 win.