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London Bees 0 Chelsea 10
Chelsea had a prolific afternoon at the Hive with their Development team winning 11-1 and the first team 10-0 in a cup double header against London Bees.
The opening match saw the Blues run riot in the second half of their FAWSL Development League Cup Quarter Final and the pattern was repeated in the SSE F A Women's Cup Fourth Round tie.
Bees Development held Chelsea at bay for 45 minutes with Sophie Harris making several fine saves but Nicole Douglas netted twice in first half added time.
With a depleted Bees forced to reshuffle due to injury. the Chelsea skipper astonishingly added four more goals in as many minutes soon after the restart. Further strikes from Charlotte Fleming. Maddison Phillips. two from Olivia Smith and a seventh from Douglas took the visitors to eleven by the final whistle. with Hana Lalani scoring a fine consolation effort for the hosts.
The senior sides took to the main Hive pitch and the WSL 2 side started promisingly, containing the star studded Chelsea line up well in the opening quarter of an hour. Erin Cuthbert broke the deadlock with an opportunist lobbed finish over Nicola Hobbs on 17 minutes, then Ji So-Yun added a second with a close range effort. An own goal just after the half hour extended the FAWSL 1 team's advantage but the home side had competed well throughout the opening half.
Chelsea were hungry for more on the restart, Fran Kirby pouncing on a Hobbs error to add the fourth. The Bees keeper made amends with a fine save from a Karen Carney shot before Bees had their first dangerous attack, Paula Howells playing in Destiney Toussaint for a shot which flew across the goal on 65 minutes.
Carney set up the next two Chelsea goals. releasing Kirby to drive home at the near post, then Katie Chapman to volley in a cross on 74 minutes.
Millie Bright scored the eighth from a half cleared corner on 78 minutes, before Emma Beckett nearly forced an own goal at the other end, her corner deflecting to safety off Carly Telford's bar. Beckett then released Howells with a fine pass but Telford was out quickly to smother on 81 minutes.
Chelsea did not let up in the slightest, with Ramona Bachmann an impressive late reinforcement from the bench, however it was Cuthbert who notched the eight and ninth goals for her hat-trick, finishing a Jonna Andersson cross before winning and converting a penalty on 89 minutes.
The final strike came from Chapman arriving with perfect timing to meet a right wing cross for her second. Chelsea had erased the painful memories of a Continental Tyres Cup exit on their last visit to the Hive and given a clinical exhibition of their fearsome attacking prowess to progress to Monday's Fifth Round draw, where they were paired with Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Nicola Hobbs, Chelsea Weston, Sophie Fogarty, Destiney Toussaint, Danielle Lea, Rosie Lane, Katie Wilkinson, Evie Clarke, Paula Howells, Emma Beckett, Taylor O'Leary. Subs: Sophie Harris, Ocean Rolandsen, Hana Lalani, Becky Anderson, Merrick Will.
Carly Telford, Millie Bright, Maria Thorisdottir, Claire Rafferty, Gemma Davison, Katie Chapman, Ji So-Yun, Jonna Andersson, Karen Carney, Fran Kirby, Erin Cuthbert. Subs: Hedvig Lindahl, Magda Eriksson, Crystal Dunn, Ramona Bachmann, Drew Spence.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Erin Cuthbert takes on Danielle Lea
(middle) Merrick Will tries to get away from Gemma Davison
(bottom) Mhairi Pennifer is challenged by Nicole Douglas (Development match)
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