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Chelsea 2 (Bright 66, Cuthbert 90)
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Two second half goals gave Chelsea victory over Manchester City in the first FA Women's Community Shield match to be held at Wembley Stadium.
The 'curtain raiser' to the season has been revived and held for the first time since 2008 and played behind closed doors but produced an open match which remained in the balance until a pivotal five minute spell just after the hour.
After City had been reduced to ten when Jill Scott was shown a second yellow card, Millie Bright put Chelsea in front with a spectacular long range strike and substitute Erin Cuthbert wrapped up the win in injury time.
Chelsea could well have been ahead in the opening minutes when Sam Kerr went through on goal from Ji So-Yun's through ball but shot tamely into the side netting with only Ellie Roebuck to beat - the start of a nightmare day in front of goal for the Australian striker.
Kerr again failed to hit the target after being set up by Fran Kirby before City, who were fielding ten English players in their starting line up, began to come into the game and Georgia Stanway forced a good save from Ann-Katrin Berger with a snap shot on the half volley from the edge of the area.
City were forced into an early substitution when Lauren Hemp went off with a hamstring injury, being replaced by Janine Beckie who soon had the ball in the net but an offside flag had been raised after Chloe Kelly had made a superb run, beating three defenders on her way into the area.
A deflected Ji free kick was headed wide by Kerr before at the other end, Berger again needed to save from Stanway and Kelly latched onto the rebound but drilled her shot against the post.
After the break, Chelsea pressed hard for the opener and Kerr was again to spurn a glorious chance, this time miscuing her shot wide from Kirby's low cross. Back came City with Stanway dragging her shot wide after being played in by Scott and then Kerr planted another shot past the far post for the Blues from a fine pass by Guro Reiten.
Before play could restart, City were reduced to ten players when Scott, who had been booked during the first half, was shown a second yellow when her earlier sliding challenge on Ji was deemed worthy of a second bookable offence.
It took a good challenge from Demi Stokes to deny Kirby as she dribbled into the area but a minute later, the deadlock was broken when Bright unleashed a powerful shot from fully 30 yards which swerved and dipped over Roebuck for the opening goal.
City brought on Ellen White in an attempt to get back on level terms but as they pushed further forward, more space was inevitably left for Chelsea for a second.
Ji sent two shots straight at Roebuck but the game was sewn up in injury time following a low cross into the area by Maren Mjelde, Steph Houghton did well to prevent Beth England from getting in a shot but Cuthbert was on hand to plant the loose ball into the roof of the net.
Chelsea: Ann-Katrin Berger, Maren Mjelde, Jonna Andersson (sub Jessie Fleming 90mins), Millie Bright, Magdalena Eriksson, Sophie Ingle, Fran Kirby (sub Erin Cuthbert 71mins), Melanie Leupolz, Sam Kerr (sub Beth England 72mins), Ji So-Yun, Guro Reiten (sub Niamh Charles 88mins). Subs not used: Maria Thorisdottir, Hannah Blundell, Jess Carter, Drew Spence, Carly Telford.
Manchester City: Ellie Roebuck, Esme Morgan, Demi Stokes, Gemma Bonner, Steph Houghton, Keira Walsh, Lauren Hemp (sub Janine Beckie 26mins), Jill Scott, Chloe Kelly, Georgia Stanway (sub Ellen White 83mins), Caroline Weir (sub Sam Mewis 68mins). Subs not used: Karen Bardsley, Megan Campbell, Laura Coombs, Jess Park, Karima Benameur.
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