Emma Hayes’s side moved up to 2nd in the table with a solid 3-1 win over Brighton at Kingsmeadow. Fran Kirby grabbed 3 brilliant assists as Chelsea showed grit to win a tough fixture.
Chelsea continued with the 3-4-3, making one change from the comprehensive victory over Manchester United. Ann-Katrin Berger started in goal with Millie Bright, Jess Carter and captain Magda Eriksson at the back. Erin Cuthbert came in at right wing-back, with Sophie Ingle, Melanie Leupolz and Guro Reiten completing the 4. Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr and Pernille Harder again started up-top.
Chelsea started in imposing fashion with Kerr and Harder both missing chances. Instead, they had to wait until the 9th minute. A long throw from Erin Cuthbert found the Dane who fed Kirby. She turned with back to goal to find Reiten, who struck low past Megan Walsh.Embed from Getty Images
Magda Eriksson blocked Aileen Whelan’s goalbound volley, before Chelsea doubled their lead on the 38th minute. Kirby’s looping right-footed ball in caused indecision between Walsh and defender Kerkdijk and Sam Kerr threw herself into the mix, looping in her 5th of the season.Embed from Getty Images
Brighton started the half well and got just rewards. Emma Koivisto’s throw found Whelan and she played a clever ball into Danielle Carter. The ex-Arsenal striker controlled well, turned Bright and poked the ball into the corner to make it 2-1.
Guro Reiten had a chance to grab a 2nd but her free kick was saved well by Walsh. The Blues did make the game safe on the 80th minute, though, Again Fran Kirby was involved. Played in behind by Erin Cuthbert, Chelsea’s No. 14 produced a brilliant pass behind Maya Le Tissier and Lily Simpkins to find Beth England. She slammed a fine finish into the top corner to make it Chelsea 3-1 Brighton.Embed from Getty Images
Full Time: Chelsea 3-1 BrightonEmbed from Getty Images
Final Thoughts: Chelsea 3-1 Brighton
Another game that demonstrates the squad depth the Blues have. Guro Reiten and Bethany England both had limited minutes last season. This year, they will be hoping for different situations. It’s 3 points gained on last year too!