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Chelsea ladies seal historic double

Chelsea ladies have won the Women’s Super League 1 for the first time after a conformable win against Sunderland.

Emma Hayes’s side, who finished two points ahead of Manchester City, also won the Women’s FA Cup in August, completing an historic double.

 

Chelsea Ladies 4-0 Sunderland Ladies – Chelsea win the WSL1 

Last season, the Blues narrowly lost out on goal difference to Liverpool, but they’ve gone one better this season thanks to a brace from Fran Kirby and goals from Ji So-Yun and Gemma Davison.

Chelsea took the lead when Eniola Aluko outpaced Sunderland defender Abby Holmes before squaring the ball for South Korean Ji, who stayed composed before a tidy finish.

Aluko then nearly netted herself before the break, but her long-range effort sailed just wide.

Into the second half, former Reading striker Kirby tapped in to an empty net to double Chelsea’s lead, before the England star added a third with a left footed strike from outside the box.

A deflated Sunderland side, who have failed to win in eight games, were unable to stop Davidson from adding a fourth late on as her low drive found the bottom corner.

Chelsea ladies manager Hayes said; “Tonight was a champions performance, full of character. We looked like champions tonight.

“That front four, when they get around the outside of teams and play very good football, they’re capable of beating any team in Europe.

“After the FA Cup final, we have had the confidence of being a winning team. Since the FA Cup final, we’ve been on a different level.”

Chelsea head into next season as the side to beat. Having won the league and cup double, Hayes’s side will be looking to defend both next season.

 

About Dale Ventham

My name is Dale Ventham, and I am the CEO and owner at The Sports Lowdown. I enjoy writing about all levels of football, particularly in England but occasionally Europe too, and as an Oxford United fan, I also enjoy writing about the lower leagues. I am also a fan of speedway, and cover major tournaments.

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