Goals from Sophie Ingle and Sam Kerr saw Women’s FA Cup holders Chelsea into the quarter-finals, beating a wasteful Arsenal 2-0 at Kingsmeadow.
The match pitted two of the Women’s Super League’s heavyweights against each other in an early round, also serving as a preview of next Sunday’s Conti Cup final between the two sides at Selhurst Park.
But Arsenal will need to sharpen their finishing if they are to lift their first silverware since 2019, having wasted chance after chance in south west London.
However, the tie showed once again just how potent Chelsea are, even if they are not playing their best. Sophie Ingle scored in the 21st minute via the left post, just after Stina Blackstenius had lifted the ball over the crossbar in one of three gilt-edged Gunners chance in the first half.
Arsenal dominated much of the second period too, but Sam Kerr – making her 100th Chelsea appearance – tapped home 11 minutes after the restart to send the reigning champions into the last eight.
Despite their best efforts, the Gunners were unable to find a reply, while Chelsea continue their march towards a third successive FA Cup trophy.
More to follow…
Chelsea’s next game is again at home to Arsenal, with this meeting coming in the Conti Cup on Sunday; kick-off 3pm. Emma Hayes’ side then host Brighton in the WSL on Wednesday March 8, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 7.30pm.
After their trip to Selhurst Park on Sunday, Arsenal host Liverpool in the WSL on Wednesday March 8; kick-off 7.15pm.