Chelsea confidently faced the challenge of Emma Hayes’ impending departure, securing a 3-0 victory against Everton to maintain their leadership in the Women’s Super League. Jessie Fleming’s early goal, along with contributions from Sam Kerr and former Everton loanee Aggie Beever-Jones, highlighted the team’s resilience against a determined home side. Despite some initial passing issues, Chelsea displayed the quality and professionalism needed to overcome Everton, who had caused them difficulties in the first half.
Playing their first match since Hayes announced her departure after 12 years as manager, Chelsea recovered from early sloppiness. Kerr’s goal in the 14th minute, following an angled chip by Sjoeke Nusken, showcased the team’s ability to rebound. Everton, with seven changes from their previous defeat, had early chances, but Chelsea’s goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger made crucial saves.
The match saw Everton gaining confidence, yet Chelsea held their ground. Cuthbert’s attempt hitting the bar marked Chelsea’s response in the second half, and Kerr added a second goal in the 62nd minute. Despite Everton’s efforts, Beever-Jones and Lauren James threatened, and in the 90th minute, Beever-Jones secured Chelsea’s triumph with a skillful shot into the top corner, emphasizing the team’s resilience amid managerial changes.