Stylish Chelsea celebrate Hayes' final home game with Bristol City rout

Chelsea romped to a title-enhancing 8-0 victory over sorry Bristol City in Emma Hayes’ final home game in charge.

Hayes had already conceded the WSL title after her side’s stuttering 4-3 defeat to Liverpool midweek, but that was before Man City were beaten by Arsenal on Sunday, presenting a glimmer of renewed hope.

Closing their goal difference deficit was the Blues’ primary concern, and they went about their work in typically relentless fashion, finding the net inside six minutes when Guro Reiten struck from the penalty spot.

Sjoeke Nusken scrambled home a scrappy second, while Aggie Beever-Jones added a third shortly after the break, beating Fran Bentley with a sweeping strike from Erin Cuthbert’s enterprising through ball.

Chelsea's Guro Reiten celebrates scoring her third goal against Bristol City
Guro Reiten scored four and created a fifth in a wonderfully impressive display

Chelsea were relentless and Bristol City were powerless to prevent the onslaught. Reiten arrowed her second of the night in the 56th minute, before substitute Catarina Macario played a sumptuous reverse pass into the Norwegian forward to complete a sensational hat-trick.

Niamh Charles made it six. Reiten made it seven. Then it become eight via a Beever-Jones header. The rout was complete, and now Chelsea’s chances of a fifth successive WSL title are reinvigorated. “Game on,” Hayes mouthed to her support staff on the touchline.

Game on indeed.

Guro’s goals from open play…

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Guro Reiten puts Chelsea ahead from the spot in their WSL match against Bristol City

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Guro Reiten finds the back of the net to put Chelsea 4-0 up against Bristol City

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Guro Reiten scores a hat-trick against Bristol City to put Chelsea back in the WSL title race

More to follow…

Chelsea fixtures

May 15: Tottenham vs Chelsea, kick-off 7.15pm

May 18: Man Utd vs Chelsea, kick-off 3pm

Man City’s remaining fixture

May 18: Aston Villa vs Man City, kick-off 3pm

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