Chelsea Women beat Everton at home and maintained a clean sheet by goals from Ji So-Yun (’16), Bethany England (73′, 76′) and Pernille Harder (90’+7). The Blues put out a very strong starting lineup with Kerr benched for England and Pernille up front.
Everton’s most lethal attackers, Valérie Gauvin and Lucy Graham, were out for the game after sustaining injuries in their FA Cup Final match. Meanwhile, for the blues, Fran Kirby and Guro Reiten are also out due to injuries.
The game started off very slow from both sides but quickly escalated as the Everton players started to get more rough. With a few sloppy passes in our defense, it was clear we needed a goal soon. In the 16th minute, Ji volleys the ball into the net which gave us the upper hand going into half time.
With 20 minutes left, Hayley Raso almost equalizes for Everton but luckily Maren Mjelde cleared the volley off the line, it was the wakeup call Chelsea needed as they instantly doubled their lead through Bethany England in the 73rd minute. With no time to waste, England scores again in the 76th minute through a rebound from Erin Cuthbert’s saved shot.
Kerr, Fleming and Carter are subbed in and the game is wrapped up in the 90+7th with a beautifully curved strike from Pernille that finds its way to the top right corner. Kerr made a very positive appearance and it was clear in the first half that we lacked her creativity at times. Beth England has a Person of the Match performance as she adds two goals and two assists to her tally.
Overall, it was a very decent performance from the blues who sit 3rd with a game in hand, should they win this game, they would jump to the top of the league. The only precaution to take from this is the backline was underwhelming, shaky and making sloppy mistakes throughout the game. Chelsea Women will now turn their sights on Arsenal away in the league on the 15th of November.