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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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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 Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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 Women
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home10
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal Ladies 0, Chelsea Ladies 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jade Bailey (Chelsea Ladies).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal Ladies. Conceded by Gilly Flaherty.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Eniola Aluko (Chelsea Ladies).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Eniola Aluko replaces Gemma Davison.

  12. 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.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Sari van Veenendaal.

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Asisat Oshoala (Arsenal Ladies).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women22006156
2Man City Women22003036
3Liverpool Women11001013
4Arsenal Women310235-23
5Sunderland Ladies10101101
6Reading Women201124-21
7B'ham City Women100101-10
8Notts County Ladies100101-10
9Doncaster Rovers Belles100114-30
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