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Chelsea 13 (Borges 7, Spence 11,45, Ji 28,37, Williams, 29,55,pen 64, Wilhelmsson 40, Coombs 53, Groenen 69,81, Primus 88) London Bees 0
Chelsea inflicted a WSL record thirteen-goal defeat on London Bees to top the Continental Cup Group One table and book their place in the semi final stage.
A horrific week for the WSL 2 club has seen them concede 28 goals in three matches and but for Cherie Rowlands' good goalkeeping, the deficit could have been worse as Chelsea responded emphatically to manager Emma Hayes' call for the players to prove themselves.
Rowlands was in action within 30 seconds as a poor back pass allowed Rachel Williams a clear run on goal, only for the Bees keeper to rescue the situation with a brave save at the forward's feet. The opener was not long delayed however. Anne Meiwald swung the ball in from the left and Ji So-Yun beat two defenders before setting up Ana Borges for a crisp finish. The second came when Williams was blocked after rounding Rowlands but Drew Spence drove home the loose ball on 12 minutes.
Bees had a better spell for the next 15 minutes and Lucy Loomes tested Marie Hourihan after breaking clear on the right. Williams lobbed over after beating the back line and Rowlands made a good save from a Borges drive. Meiwald went close on 26 minutes but the third came on 33 when So-Yun curled a free kick over the wall and the ball beat Rowlands at the far post. Williams got on the scoresheet two minutes later with a crisp finish when left unattended 12 yards out.
As Bees crumbled, Jackie Groenen fired just over, a Spence piledriver crashed back off the bar, then Chelsea added three more in the last five minutes of the half.
The fifth was arguably the pick of the day, a wonderful 15 pass move from deep in defence which left So-Yun free to finish from close range. Rowlands tipped over well from Groenen but Emma Wilhelmsson powered in a header from So-Yun's corner on 43 minutes. Spence claimed the last goal by touching So-Yun's cross past Rowlands in added time for a seven-goal lead.
There was simply no sign of Chelsea relenting after the break. Danielle Buet played in an inviting cross for Laura Coombes to head home unchallenged, then Williams scored her second with a lobbed finish on 52 minutes. Sam Chappell was moved into central defence in a half time reshuffle for Bees and she made a series of good challenges and interceptions to partially stem the tide but Chelsea were in no mood for mercy.
Groenen was upended in the box and Williams notched her hat-trick from the spot and the tenth with a quarter of the match still to play. Borges unselfishly teed up Groenen on 70 minutes and then was rested. The sight of Eniola Aluko having a run out for the last twenty minutes was a cruel twist for the overstretched Bees defence but her first two efforts fell straight into Rowlands' hands.
Groenen notched her second after a deflected shot fell kindly for her to finish neatly from ten yards. Aluko made her mark with a trademark run and vicious shot off the upright which rebounded kindly for substitute Atlanta Primus to finish powerfully from the edge of the area on 90 minutes. Becky Anderson provided the defiant last effort from the Bees with a shot from distance held by Hourihan just before the whistle ended the North London club's miserable afternoon.
With first ever Chelsea goals for Wilhelmsson, Groenen and Primus and doubles from Spence, So-Yun and a triple from Williams, the objective of spreading the goals around the team, with ace goalscorer Yuki Ogimi left on the bench, was met and confidence raised before the midweek league clash with Arsenal. London Bees have almost a fortnight to put the 'week from hell' behind them and look for revival in the rest of the WSL 2 season.
Chelsea: Marie Hourihan, Danielle Buet, Anne Meiwald, Drew Spence (sub Laura Rafferty 71mins), Laura Bassett, Emma Wilhelmsson, Ana Borges (sub Eniola Aluko 73mins), Rachel Williams, Jackie Groenen, Ji So-Yun (sub Atlanta Primus 62mins), Laura Coombs.
London Bees: Cherie Rowlands, Samantha Chappell, Anneka Nuttall, Laura Miller (sub Taylor O'Leary 45mins), Aoife Hurley, Chontele Lawrence, Amber Gaylor (sub Sydney Hinchcliffe 60mins), Danielle Scanlon (sub Samantha Carson 45mins), Lucy Loomes, Rebecca Anderson, Paula Howells.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Ji So-Yun scores her free kick goal
(middle) Lucy Loomes takes on Emma Wilhelmsson
(bottom) Rachel Williams bundles home a goal under pressure from Samantha Chappell
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