#ContiCup: Bristol City Women to face holders Chelsea in final

Bristol City's winning goal v Leicester City
Bristol City’s Kiera Skeels (centre) scores during the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup Semi Final. (PA Images)

Bristol City loan signing Kiera Skeels put them into the FA Women’s Continental Cup final, while holders Chelsea hit West Ham for six.

The Robins reached their first ever Conti Cup final with a narrow victory over Championship leaders Leicester City, thanks to Skeels second-half effort on her first start for Bristol.

The two teams were well matched in the opening stages, as you would expect with no places separating the sides at the bottom of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and top of the FA Women’s Championship.

Foxes keeper Kirstie Levell tipped a Charlie Wellings half-volley onto the crossbar, the closest either side came to breaking the first half deadlock.

Paige Bailey-Gayle and Lachante Paul both had efforts saved by Sophie Baggaley but it was the WSL side who struck the only goal of the game 18 minutes from time.

Ebony Salmon crossed after a short corner and 19-year-old defender Skeels, who only signed for Bristol a matter of days ago, headed in what proved to be the winner.

Leicester threw everything at Bristol thereafter but were unable to find an equaliser.

Harder hits hat-trick

Three-goal Pernille Harder helped Chelsea ease past West Ham 6-0 to continue their defence of the Conti Cup.

Fran Kirby scores for Chelsea
Chelsea’s Fran Kirby scores her sides fifth goal. (PA Images)

Harder clipped in the Blues’ opener after just 4 minutes from a tight angle, after taking a ball on the run from Ji So-yun.

Sophie Ingle then found the bottom corner from 25 yards, after the Hammers only half-cleared the ball.

Harder was gifted the chance to make it 3-0 and soon after Beth England netted from close-range for a 4-0 interval lead.

Adriana Leon and Maz Pacheco went close for the visitors, before Fran Kirby was on hand to turn in the fifth, Harder then completing her hat-trick with a powerful strike late on.

The final is to be played at Watford FC on Sunday 14 March.

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