A stunning strike from defender Millie Bright and a late finish from Scottish international Erin Cuthbert won the Community Shield for the Blues at Wembley.
It could have been more than the eventual 2-0 scoreline for Chelsea as they triumphed over last season’s Women’s Super League runners up Manchester City in London.
Australian Sam Kerr had a plethora of chances in the game but failed to convert any of them. After getting herself one-on-one with Ellie Roebuck, the NWSL record goal-getter could only hit the side netting with a shot from the outside of her boot.
City also had their fair share of chances with Ann-Katrin Berger being forced to make some sublime saves — including one from a finely struck effort from Georgia Stanway.
Chloe Kelly was the pick of the bunch for City on her first competitive appearance in sky blue. She is already making good on her summer move from Everton.
The English forward went as close as hitting the post but she couldn’t put it past Berger.
Jill Scott was sent off for her second bookable offence in the second half. She left a late boot in on Jonna Anderson, prompting the referee to give her her marching orders.
Chelsea’s Fortunes Turn
Bright’s effort was truly spectacular. With all of Chelsea’s attacking pedigree, they relied on their centre-half to thump the ball in from distance.
Ellie Roebuck stood no chance as the ball flew past her into the back of the net.
Substitute Cuthbert doubled Chelsea’s lead after a lucky ball rebounded to her. She made no mistake with the finish, launching the ball into the roof of the net.
Chelsea now become the winners of the first Women’s Community Shield since 2008. Arsenal won the last, beating Everton 1-0 at Moss Lane in Macclesfield.
The Blues are the fourth team to lift the shield, joining the Gunners, Fulham and Charlton Athletic as the sides to win it.
The game acted as a solid curtain raiser for the Super League season, which is due to start next weekend — even if the game couldn’t live up to the 3-3 classic from the Manchester City Academy in February.
The West London side have now won two trophies in two games after beating Arsenal 2-1 in the Continental Cup Final at the end of February.
Emma Hayes’ side begin their defence of their WSL crown away to Manchester United at Leigh Sports Village next Sunday.
City, on the other hand, play away to league newcomers Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.