- Chelsea 2 Toolbox 1
T his London derby was an opportunity for Chelsea to get back at last year’s champions Arsenal, and it was one they delighted in with an emphatic 2-1 win at Kingsmeadow. From Chelsea’s dogged pushing in advance it was clear they were still stinging from being denied Champions League football after a third-place finish in the WSL last season and losing 5-0 to the Gunners in your home.
” If you get it ideal you’re an amazing supervisor, if you don’t you’re a stack of s–. I got it right today”, stated Chelsea supervisor Emma Hayes. “You can lose a season at the start of the year however you do not always win it. So I can state that we are not out of the title race, which this time last year we were, that’s the distinction.”
Yet again it was Chelsea that were to be Arsenal’s undoing, a late winner from Maria Thorisdottir securing the win for the home side in a tense surface in front of a record crowd for a league video game at Kingsmeadow. The Blues was among just two teams to beat Toolbox in the WSL last season and they did it again here, ending Toolbox’s run of 11 successive WSL wins.
J oe Montemurro was clearly dissatisfied his side couldn’t keep the ball to preserve their intensity, “We’re disappointed that we undoubtedly made some basic errors in crucial areas of the park. We undoubtedly didn’t handle the pressure well today in the 2nd half.”
Arsenal took an early lead, with their joint fastest objective of the season in the ninth minute. It began with Miedema in her typical calm style, as she discovered herself in acres of space to dribble the ball up the pitch and slot it to Danielle Van de Donk, who scored on her 100 th appearance for the Netherlands this week. Van de Donk made the finish into the bottom left corner look easy.
I f Arsenal were leading at the break it was not for Chelsea’s desire of trying. Ji So-yun continued turning over the ball in midfield. New signing Guro Reiten’s effort hit the crossbar sending out the ball up and out of the stadium. Chelsea stacked on the pressure in the last few minutes of the half, looking for an equaliser however they couldn’t find one.
After half-time Chelsea would see their efforts in advance rewarded. Beth England scored her first objective for England recently against Brazil, and she scored again here for Chelsea. Fran Kirby crossed the ball to England who got it with her back to the objective, turned and slotted it into the net for the equaliser.
D espite a variety of promising runs up the left from Beth Mead it was Chelsea who maintained the assaulting pressure and with five minutes to go Thorisdottir scored the winning objective for Chelsea, shooting the 25- yarder through Zinsberger’s fingertips into the leading corner.
Chelsea (4-4-2) Berger; Mjelde, Eriksson, Bright, Andersson; Ingle, Ji (Spence 83), Cuthbert, Reiten (Thorisdottir 74); Kirby (Bachmann 75), England.
Subs not utilized Telford, Asante, Carter, Cooper. Bookings Ji.
Arsenal (4-3-3) Zinzberger; Evans, Williamson, Beattie, McCabe; Walti (Nobbs 64), Little, Roord; Van de Donk, Miedema, Mead.
Subs not utilized Peyraud-Magnin, Mitchell, Quinn, Veje, Grant, Filis. Bookings Miedema.
Referee Rebecca Welch. Participation 4,149