Matildas captain Sam Kerr scored first, nevertheless it was her fellow Australians in Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley who had the final snicker in England’s Women’s League Cup remaining.
Kerr gave Chelsea the lead in simply the second minute with a powerful header at a sold-out Selhurst Park, dwelling of Premier League aspect Crystal Palace, nevertheless it was Arsenal who got here out 3-1 victors to finish a four-year trophy drought.
Catley and Ford each began for Arsenal, who hit again within the sixteenth minute via a composed low strike from Stina Blackstenius.
In the twenty fourth minute, Kim Little transformed a penalty when Katie McCabe was introduced down by Sophie Ingle within the space.
And simply earlier than halftime, Catley whipped in a harmful nook that was deflected into the web from Chelsea fullback Niamh Charles.
Foord ought to have earned one other penalty for Arsenal on the hour mark when she was taken down by Kadeisha Buchanan, however there was no VAR in use to assist the referee.
Nevertheless, the Gunners comfortably noticed out victory and earned revenge on Chelsea, who knocked them out of the FA Cup within the fifth spherical one week in the past.
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A ‘tremendous blissful’ Foord advised BBC: “It’s unbelievable – to lastly win a trophy with this membership is one thing particular.
“Today we simply wished to go away every thing on the market and present what we will do. That’s what we will do and what we need to proceed to do.”
“That’s what we’re aiming for, successful trophies. It’s value being freezing within the champagne bathe – no complaints, tremendous blissful.
“It’s been 4 years since we gained a trophy and it’s nicely overdue. We wished to go away every thing on the market and we wished to indicate what we will do and we need to proceed to do this.”
Foord additionally shared her thanks for the Australian followers, saying: “I like you guys – thanks for waking up at 3am or no matter it’s to look at.”
Steph Catley (C) celebrates with streamers following the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup Final match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on March 05, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Arsenal’s supervisor Jonas Eidevall was stuffed with reward for the Aussie stars, saying: “They have been wonderful at this time.
“Some gamers been right here for a number of years and have a variety of recollections and been shut however not successful, so I’m actually blissful for them.”
Meanwhile, 23-year-old Matildas attacker Remy Siemsen made her debut for Leicester within the Women’s Super League, scoring for the Foxes in a 5-1 defeat to Manchester United.
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