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Chelsea Res regained the Surrey FA Cup with a crushing 10-1 win over Fulham Compton on Wednesday.
Having lost to lower league opposition in Crystal Palace last year, the young Blues were in no mood to suffer a repeat in a competition the club have now won eight times in the last ten seasons. Fulham competed well in the first half but were unable to cope with the speed and trickery of the Chelsea attacks after the break.
Megan Bradley opened the scoring with a close range header for Chelsea but Fulham responded well with Olivia Cole racing clear of the defence to lob Steph Abbott for the leveller on 16 minutes. Blues skipper Steph Anes restored the lead with a close range shot after a deep corner was helped back into the centre by Shirvae Edwards.
Fulham resisted well despite constant pressure but the game was halted for a serious injury to Fulham's Jade Briant just before the break. In the last of the eleven added minutes, Chelsea scored their third through Katie Kingshott after Fulham twice failed to clear.
The first half had clearly taken its toll on the London & South East Regional Division One (London) team. Chelsea, playing a lovely brand of passing football and constantly using the full width of the pitch, created a stream of chances and eventually had converted seven of them by the final whistle. Overworked Fulham keeper Lianne Tylee made a number of good saves and the woodwork was rattled as well as half a dozen near misses. Fulham forced a couple of corners and Annell Lamothe-Gooden had a shot saved by Abbott but these were rare moments of relief for the defence.
Goals from Eve McGill, subs Jade Rhodes and Nicole Matthews, an own goal plus two from player of the match Hannah Blundell increased the margin of victory. Chloe Dale became the seventh different scorer in stoppage time to take Blues' tally into double figures.
Fulham Compton, only formed in 2005, have risen through the Greater London Leagues to sit in third place in their current division and won the Russell Cup in 2010. On this occasion, they were eventually outclassed by a fine young Chelsea team which was relentless in attacking intent.
Chelsea Res: Steph Abbott, Hannah Blundell, Rachel Palmer, Steph Anes, Hannah MacKenzie, Katie Kingshott, Toni Rigby, Chloe Dale, Eve McGill, Shirvae Edwards, Megan Bradley. Subs: Chloe Burr, Nicole Matthews, Sophie Gwilliam, Lauren Drewett, Jade Rhodes.
Fulham Compton: Lianne Tylee, Tanya Hoffman, Jade Briant, Danielle Tobiasinsky-Weems, Brooke Fell, Julie Walters, Donya Wilson, Claire Field, Olivia Cole, Natalie White, Faye Hayden. Subs: Natalie Marijetic, Natasha Randall, Samantha Williams, Annell Lamothe- Gooden, Allana Ashmeil.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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