Chelsea FC Women are into the semi-finals of this season’s FA Women’s Continental League Cup after beating Reading Women 4-0 at Kingsmeadow this evening.

Fran Kirby returned to the goal trail with a brace while there were also goals for Anita Asante and Ali Riley as Chelsea surprisingly made easy work of an opponent which have so often caused them problems in the past.

Chelsea opened the scoring after just three minutes at a bitterly cold Kingsmeadow when striker Kirby stuck the ball away from close range.

The Blues were comfortable throughout the first half and added to their lead eight minutes before half-time when midfielder Asante fired the ball beyond visiting keeper Grace Moloney into the net from a tight angle.

Brooke Chaplen should have reduced the arrears for Reading early in the second half but somehow headed wide from a good position before Chelsea were denied a penalty kick when Beth England looked to have been fouled in the area.

Kirby then slotted an effort just wide when given a clear sight of goal before the same player smashed in a third after latching onto a ball from Ji So-Yun.

The England international turned provider in stoppage time when she teed up Riley to score to cap-off a fine 4-0 win.

Chelsea join Arsenal and Manchester United in securing their place in semi-finals.