A tough lesson for the Golden Girls with two Continental Cup defeats

Action from Watford Ladies' clash with Chelsea Ladies. Picture (c) Andrew Waller
Action from Watford Ladies' clash with Chelsea Ladies. Picture (c) Andrew Waller

Watford Ladies fell to a second defeat against a WSL1 side in the Continental Cup, losing 5-1 at home to Chelsea just a few days after being beaten 3-0 by Arsenal.

It was an encouraging performance, as the Lady Hornets created numerous opportunities and could have scored more than one goal.

However, Chelsea showed their class throughout the game and capitalised on any Watford mistakes.

Despite Watford being the better side during the opening stages, it was Chelsea who opened the scoring after 18 minutes.

Eniola Aluko sent a teasing ball across the six yard box; Cally Rowell tried to clear it out for a corner but could only divert it into her own net.

The hosts almost equalised through Bonnie Horwood but, soon afterwards, Chelsea were awarded a penalty for a shove in the back and Yuki Ogimi slotted home for 2-0.

Chelsea made it three after 28 minutes through Katie Chapman, but Watford hit back when Kate Natkiel pounced from six yards out.

However, the Blues got a crucial fourth before half-time when Ji So Yun was brave and got her head to the ball, directing it into the net.

And it was 5-1 shortly after the interval when So Yun added her second goal of the game.

The last 20 minutes of the match were surprisingly quiet, Ogimi hitting the bar with the best chance.

Watford manager John Salomon said: “Last season, we didn’t come up against teams that were that kind of fluent with their movement off the ball.

“So, to have to come up against it twice in three days is tough but it’s great, because players learn so much from that and they’ll be stronger for it.”