Chelsea easily retained the FA Women’s Continental League Cup against Bristol City with a record score for the final.
It was the worst of starts for the underdogs, as not only did Fran Kirby set up Sam Kerr for a far-post finish inside 90 seconds, but the same pair combined to double the lead in the tenth minute after Bristol gave away possession.
A poor clearance by Sophie Baggaley went straight to Kirby, who chipped home the third from 25 yards and it was 4-0 before half-time, Kirby again on target after a pass from Kerr.
Kirby set up Kerr to complete her hat-trick on the counter-attack less than three minutes into the second half, then played a clever ball across for Guro Reiten to make it 6-0.
Ebony Salmon twice forced Ann-Katrin Berger to turn shots over the bar, before there was a delay for a distressing injury to Chelsea’s Maren Mjelde, who was stretched off.