Karen Carney

Chelsea Ladies got off to a perfect start in the Continental Cup this week with two wins from two.

Both Brighton and Hove Albion and Bristol City made life difficult for the Blues but were beaten 3-0 and 2-1 respectively. These are key points to pick up in the Continental Cup as the Ladies work through six games in 18 days.

First was a trip to the south coast on Wednesday night to face WSL2’s Brighton for the first time. Fran Kirby opened the scoring for the visitors inside the opening quarter of an hour but Chelsea were made to wait until the 76th minute to secure the win, Crystal Dunn lashing home her third in two games. Ji So-yun also added a goal in added time to bolster the scoreline.

There was a quick turnaround for the team as they travelled west to Bristol on Saturday. Chelsea took the lead through Eni Aluko’s strike early in the second half, but the hosts were able to equalise through Millie Turner’s rebounded effort – the first goal that Chelsea have conceded domestically this year.

It felt like the tie was headed for a draw but in the dying seconds Karen Carney was taken down in the box, and picked herself up to fire home the spot kick and snatch all three points.

Next up for the Blues is a tough Champions League test against Rosengard, who visit Kingsmeadow in the first leg of the Round of 16 tie this Wednesday November 8th.

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