Women's Super League 1
Arsenal Women0Chelsea Ladies2

Arsenal Ladies 0-2 Chelsea Ladies

Fran Kirby
Fran Kirby netted twice at Arsenal, four days after scoring the goal that took Chelsea into the Women's FA Cup final

Fran Kirby scored twice as reigning champions Chelsea beat Arsenal to go top of the Women's Super League.

Chelsea have now won their opening two games to top WSL 1, while the Gunners have lost two of their first three WSL games and lie fourth.

England forward Kirby nipped in to loft over goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal for her first, with Jemma Rose unable to prevent her shot crossing the line.

She then smashed in a second from three yards after a goalmouth scramble.

Chelsea lead the table on goal difference, ahead of Manchester City, who have also won their opening two games.

Liverpool will join the pair on six points from their first two outings if they beat Sunderland on Saturday.

Arsenal, for whom Van Veenendaal made a series of fine saves before Kirby's second settled the contest, will meet Chelsea again in the Women's FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday, 14 May.

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea as it happened

Chelsea forward Fran Kirby told BT Sport: "We came here to win the game. We want to win every game we can.

"We knew we had to get a result here and happily we did.

"The start of the season has been really good. Overall we're happy but obviously we just need to keep going."

Arsenal boss Pedro Martinez Losa told BT Sport: "It was a poor performance. We made it easier for the opponent.

"With performances like that we can't think about winning the league.

"Against a good team like Chelsea you can't make mistakes. We will try to come back, analyse and do better for the next game."

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

  • 13van Veenendaal
  • 2Scott
  • 19RoseSubstituted forPablos Sanchonat 75'minutes
  • 5Stoney
  • 14Williamson
  • 8Nobbs
  • 4Williams
  • 6Losada GomezSubstituted forOshoalaat 45'minutes
  • 21van de Donk
  • 9Carter
  • 17Corredera RuedaSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutesBooked at 72mins

Substitutes

  • 1Byrne
  • 7Pablos Sanchon
  • 10Smith
  • 15McCabe
  • 20Janssen
  • 22Henning
  • 24Oshoala

Chelsea Ladies

  • 1Lindahl
  • 3Blundell
  • 4Bright
  • 5Flaherty
  • 11Rafferty
  • 17Chapman
  • 24Spence
  • 7DavisonSubstituted forAlukoat 81'minutes
  • 10JiSubstituted forBorgesat 64'minutes
  • 8CarneySubstituted forBaileyat 75'minutes
  • 14Kirby

Substitutes

  • 9Aluko
  • 12Spencer
  • 15England
  • 16Borges
  • 25Bailey
  • 26Rafferty
  • 28Russo
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
1,337

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamChelsea Ladies
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home10
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 2.

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jade Bailey (Chelsea Ladies).

Offside, Arsenal Ladies. Sari van Veenendaal tries a through ball, but Natalia is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fara Williams with a cross.

Corner, Arsenal Ladies. Conceded by Gilly Flaherty.

Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eniola Aluko (Chelsea Ladies).

Offside, Chelsea Ladies. Francesca Kirby tries a through ball, but Ana Borges is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Eniola Aluko replaces Gemma Davison.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 2. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Sari van Veenendaal.

Attempt saved. Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Francesca Kirby.

Attempt saved. Kelly Smith (Arsenal Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs.

Offside, Chelsea Ladies. Drew Spence tries a through ball, but Francesca Kirby is caught offside.

Foul by Asisat Oshoala (Arsenal Ladies).

Hannah Blundell (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kelly Smith (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jade Bailey (Chelsea Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Jade Bailey replaces Karen Carney.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Ladies. Natalia replaces Jemma Rose.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Fara Williams.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Sari van Veenendaal.

Attempt saved. Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Gilly Flaherty with a headed pass.

Foul by Leah Williamson (Arsenal Ladies).

Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Kelly Smith (Arsenal Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kelly Smith (Arsenal Ladies).

Ana Borges (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Leah Williamson (Arsenal Ladies) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Scott with a cross.

Corner, Arsenal Ladies. Conceded by Claire Rafferty.

Attempt missed. Karen Carney (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ana Borges.

Asisat Oshoala (Arsenal Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Ana Borges replaces Ji So-Yun.

Foul by Casey Stoney (Arsenal Ladies).

Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kelly Smith (Arsenal Ladies).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Ladies22006156
2Man City Women22003036
3Liverpool Ladies11001013
4Arsenal Women310235-23
5Sunderland Ladies10101101
6Reading Women201124-21
7B'ham City Ladies100101-10
8Notts County Ladies100101-10
9Doncaster Rovers Belles100114-30
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