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Bristol City 0-5 Chelsea: Blues thrash Robins to go five points clear at WSL summit

Women's Super League leaders Chelsea went five points clear with a dominant win at bottom side Bristol City.

Fran Kirby's deft header from Sam Kerr's corner put the Blues ahead before Pernille Harder smashed in.

Kirby followed up with a neat finish after one of many fine saves from Sophie Baggaley before Jonna Andersson's dinked shot hit the bar.

After the break, Bethany England delivered a pinpoint cross for Kerr to head in and then scrambled in a fifth.

After Manchester City closed the gap at the top with their seventh straight win in the Manchester derby on Friday, Chelsea took their chance to restore their five-point lead, having played a game more, with an eighth league win in nine.

After taking two points from their first 11 matches, the Robins' fortunes had improved, claiming a first win of the season against Brighton and booking a Continental League Cup final meeting with Chelsea, but there was only one winner after Kirby's opener.

Tenacious work from Sophie Ingle allowed Harder to rifle in her third goal in two games before Kirby slotted her 11th of the season after Baggaley's diving stop had prevented an own goal.

As the rain hammered down after the break, Kerr headed in to join Kirby on 11 goals for the campaign before England bundled in Harder's cross at the second attempt after another fine stop from Baggaley.

The damage would have been worse but for the City keeper, who stopped Harder's close-range effort early on and dived at full stretch to deny Kirby a hat-trick.

Line-ups

Bristol City Women

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Baggaley
  • 12AllenSubstituted forBrysonat 68'minutes
  • 29Skeels
  • 3Evans
  • 23Purfield
  • 4MatthewsSubstituted forPalmerat 53'minutes
  • 11Wellings
  • 8HumphreySubstituted forBissellat 74'minutes
  • 7Pike
  • 10DanielsSubstituted forHarrisonat 74'minutes
  • 9Salmon

Substitutes

  • 2Bryson
  • 5Rafferty
  • 13Haland
  • 14Palmer
  • 17Bissell
  • 18Collis
  • 21Harrison
  • 26Mastrantonio
  • 28Jones

Chelsea Women

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 30Berger
  • 18Mjelde
  • 4Bright
  • 16Eriksson
  • 25Andersson
  • 5IngleSubstituted forSpenceat 82'minutes
  • 14KirbySubstituted forCuthbertat 69'minutes
  • 23HarderSubstituted forFlemingat 82'minutes
  • 10JiSubstituted forReitenat 69'minutes
  • 20Kerr
  • 9England

Substitutes

  • 3Blundell
  • 7Carter
  • 11Reiten
  • 17Fleming
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 24Spence
  • 28Telford
Referee:
Emily Heaslip

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol City WomenAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home2
Away24
Shots on Target
Home0
Away9
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home1
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City Women 0, Chelsea Women 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City Women 0, Chelsea Women 5.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Sam Kerr.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Gemma Evans.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Kerr (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Kiera Skeels.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Bristol City Women. Abigail Harrison tries a through ball, but Ebony Salmon is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Guro Reiten with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Kiera Skeels.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Drew Spence replaces Sophie Ingle.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Jessie Fleming replaces Pernille Harder.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Kerr.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Kiera Skeels.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City Women. Emma Bissell replaces Carla Humphrey.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City Women. Abigail Harrison replaces Yana Daniels.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women).

  18. Post update

    Yana Daniels (Bristol City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Guro Reiten replaces Ji So-Yun.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Erin Cuthbert replaces Fran Kirby.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women1512214783938
2Man City Women14103146113533
3Man Utd Women15102332161632
4Arsenal Women1372440142623
5Everton Women135442319419
6Reading Women154741924-519
7Brighton Women154381130-1915
8Tottenham Women123361323-1012
9B'ham City Women113261016-611
10Aston Villa Women123181130-1910
11West Ham Women132291430-168
12Bristol City Women1413101055-456
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