Defeat for Ladies
Blues Put 6 past Lady Black Cats
Chelsea eased to a 6-0 victory on Saturday night as their hosts settled into their new home.
Starting life at Mariners Park, Sunderland found it tough going against a Blues side with quality coursing through it.
That class was highlighted by Fran Kirby’s wonderful 22nd minute goal, before a brace from Gemma Davison and a Ji So Yun goal extended the lead.
Substitute Erin Cuthbert added a fifth before fellow sub Eniola Aluka made it six.
Kirby had wasted a 14th minute opportunity, heading wide when unmarked at the far post.
The England star atoned for that error with a goal to be proud of eight minutes later - picking up possession on the edge of the box and curling an unstoppable drive into the top corner.
Chelsea’s second goal was a matter of when, not if, and it duly arrived from the boot of Davison.
She was allowed to make progress down the left flank before cutting in and firing into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Davison then doubled her tally for the night in the 61st minute, slamming home Ji’s low cross from the right to put the game out of sight for the hosts.
Ji then put more distance between the sides with a Chelsea fourth – smashing an 18-yard 73rd minute strike in off the underside of the bar.
Cuthbert’s low 82nd minute strike after a corner was Chelsea’s fifth, and Aluko tapped home a sixth from close range seconds later as Chelsea romped to victory.
Sunderland midfielder Lucy Staniforth said: “I thought we did really well in the first half. We had a game-plan, we looked sharp and we looked dangerous going forward.
“But the class that Chelsea have got, even off the bench, you can’t take your foot off the peddle.
“Maybe we just got a little bit sloppy and their class shone through.
“We worked on containing and keeping the game close all week but we just got a bit tired towards the end and they managed to break us down.
“That is why they are there, that’s their quality. It’s a big learning curve for us.
“Maybe on a different day I’d sit there and applaud some of the goals but today is not what we wanted to see.
“There were a few errors in the build up to some of the goals.
“It’s a shame we conceded them but they’ve got great players, you can’t deny that.”
Chelsea midfielder Gemma Davison added: “I think although it was a tough first-half, in the second-half we got going and scored six goals.
“I think we have got a good balance of knowing when to play forward and when to keep it. We were patient and then we capitalised in the second-half.
“Once we got in a rhythm we were a bit unstoppable putting the ball in the back of the net.
“You look at our squad and how many are coming off the bench - Eni comes on and scores a goal, Drew Spence comes on and makes a difference.
“We’re just so solid and confident in what we have, but we know we have to work hard for every single game.”
Sunderland Ladies 0
Chelsea Ladies 6
Kirby 22, Davison 57 61, Ji 73, Cuthbert 82, Aluko 83
Sunderland (5-3-1-1): Anke Preuss; Danielle Brown, Ellie Stewart, Hayley Sharp, Victoria Williams, Kylla Sjoman; Lucy Staniforth, Kasia Lipka, Zaneta Wyne; Dominique Bruinenberg; Abbey Joice.
Substitutes not used: Rachael Laws, Mollie Lambert, Anna Young, Tyler Dodds, Bridget Gallowy, Olivia Watt.
Bookings: Sjoman 74
Chelsea (3-4-3): Hedvig Lindahl; Millie Bright, Gilly Flaherty, Magdalena Eriksson; Karen Carney, Katie Chapman (c), Maren Mjelde, Gemma Davison; Ji So Yun, Ramona Bachmann, Fran Kirby.
Substitutes: Erin Cuthbert for Bachmann 63; Drew Spence for Chapman 65; Eniola Aluko for Kirby 68.
Substitutes not used: Carly Telford, Maria Thorisdottir, Hannah Blundell, Claire Rafferty
Referee: Dean Hulme