Chelsea FC Women have suffered their first defeat in the FA Women’s Super League in 17 months by falling to a damaging 5-0 loss to title rivals Arsenal Women at Kingsmeadow.
Two first half goals for The Gunners left The Blues with a mountain to climb and they were arguably worse in the second period as they were stunned by Joe Montemurro’s side.
Despite a bright start from The Blues in which Adelina Engman went close to scoring, it was Arsenal who took the lead in the 21st minute when Emma Mitchell was fouled in the box and Kim Little converted from the penalty spot.
Matters got worse for Emma Hayes’ side 17 minutes later when prolific Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema fired in a second goal for the North Londoners to leave the home side in a precarious position.
Montemurro’s side were given a gift early in the second period when a Jordan Nobbs cross sailed over Blues keeper Carly Telford into the net. That freak goal was hugely disappointing given the fact that Drew Spence had gone close to reducing the arrears just moments earlier.
Miedema then struck a fourth goal with more than half an hour of the match left to play before Nobbs grabbed her second goal of the game with a relatively simple finish.
Chelsea must now dust themselves down for their UEFA Women’s Champions League last 16 first leg tie against Fiorentina Femminile at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday evening.