Chelsea claims victory, 2-0, in FA WSL Community Shield

Chelsea claims victory, 2-0, in FA WSL Community Shield

Chelsea Ladies proved victorious on Saturday morning in the FA WSL Community Shield competition, claiming a 2-0 victory over Manchester City. According to The Guardian, the competition was the first Community Shield for the women’s league in England since 2008.

Chelsea’s victory occurred at the legendary Wembley Stadium. Millie Bright scored in the second half — after a scoreless first half from both sides — to give Chelsea momentum. However, the final goal of the contest came from Erin Cuthbert, a member of the Scottish women’s national team, in the 91st minute.

The match was made available to viewers in the United States through ESPN+.

Americans watching the match saw Sam Mewis of the U.S. women’s international team take the pitch for Manchester City in the 68th minute, coming on for Caroline Weir. It was Mewis’ debut for Man City in a competitive match, as she featured in a slew of preseason matches.

Rose Lavelle was not made available for selection, due to her quarantine period not being over yet.

Also, in relation to Concacaf, a few Canadians made appearances for both clubs. In the 26th minute, Janine Beckie was subbed into the match after an injury to forward Lauren Hemp. Meanwhile, for Chelsea, Jessie Fleming — who signed with the club back in July —  appeared in the 94th minute for Swedish defender Jonna Andersson.

And, of course, the competition did not complete without a few flashes of cards from referee Rebecca Welch. In the 62nd minute, Jill Scott was shown a second yellow card, resulting a sending off, for a tackle on South Korean international Ji So-yun.

The FA WSL season kicks off next weekend. The first weekend of competition schedule is below.

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020
All times in Eastern Standard Time
  • Aston Villa vs. Manchester City at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020
  • Arsenal vs. Reading at 7:30 a.m.
  • Bristol City vs. Everton @ 9 a.m.
  • Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Birmingham City at 9 a.m.
  • Tottenham vs. West Ham United at 9 a.m.
  • Manchester United vs. Chelsea at 9:30 a.m.