Bristol City and Chelsea to Meet in the Continental League Cup Final

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Chelsea will face Bristol City in the Continental League Cup Final on March 14 at Vicarage Road, after the conclusion of both semi-final ties on February 3.

Chelsea and Bristol City Progress to the Continental League Cup Final

Pernille Harder Scores a Hat-Trick for Chelsea

Emma Hayes saw her side overcome West Ham United with an emphatic 6-0 victory, thanks to Pernille Harder’s hat-trick and a goal each from Sophie Ingle, Bethany England and Fran Kirby.

The Blues took just four minutes to break the deadlock when Harder latched onto Ji So-yun’s through ball and produced a cool finish past Mackenzie Arnold in the West Ham goal.

Ingle then fired in a long-range effort to double their advantage with 15 minutes on the clock, before Harder capitalised on a mistake from Arnold to score her second and Chelsea’s third goal ten minutes later.

England killed off any slim hopes of a West Ham comeback when she fired in a clinical first-time finish from Kirby’s cross to add a fourth goal with just 27 minutes played.

The west Londoners got a fifth when Kirby scored on the rebound after her initial effort was saved in the 77th minute, before rounding off their night’s work four minutes from the end through Harder’s low strike.

Back-to-Back Wins for Bristol City

Meanwhile, Bristol City capped off a fine four days with 1-0 win over Leicester City, thanks to a first City goal for Kiera Skeels. The goal came in the 71st minute to overcome the Women’s Championship leaders.

The result follows on from City’s 3-0 victory over fellow FA Women’s Super League strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion on January 30.

Chelsea head into the final as the overwhelming favourites when they face City, having gone a record 33 games unbeaten in the FA Women’s Super League. It is also the first time The Vixens have reached this stage of the competition.

Both clubs turn their attention back to the league on February 7 – Chelsea host Brighton, while Bristol City face West Ham in a big bottom-of-the-table clash.

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