We were knocked out of SSE Women’s FA Cup on Sunday after losing 3-0 to Chelsea at Kingsmeadow.
We dominated possession throughout and created some dangerous chances, but the Blues were all too clinical on the counter.
Beth Mead carved open the game’s first opportunity when her looping volley forced Ann-Katrin Berger into a difficult save. However, it was the hosts who opened the scoring.
Emma Mitchell lost possession 40 yards from goal, allowing Erin Cuthbert to charge at our defence and tee up Bethany England, who found the bottom corner with a cool first-time finish.
We came close to providing an instant response when Katie McCabe cut inside from the right and fired at goal, but her low drive hit the woodwork.
Shortly after, Dominique Bloodworth’s curling effort was pushed behind for a corner, before Mead’s volley sailed just wide of the post.
The chances continued to fall our way, but with just over five minutes to go before the break, Jonna Andersson found the back of the net from 20 yards with a powerful effort.
Joe Montemurro would have hoped for a positive reaction after the break - but much to his frustration, the second half followed a similar pattern.
Mead’s flicked effort was well saved by Berger, before England raced up the other end and scored her second of the afternoon with a thumping finish.
We must now prepare for our Women’s Super League clash against Yeovil Town on Wednesday, February 20.
The game will take place at Meadow Park with kick-off at 7:30pm (UK time).
Photo credit: Daniela Porcelli
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