LADIES REPORT: DONCASTER ROVERS 0 CHELSEA 2
Chelsea Ladies are through to the FA Women's Cup semi-finals thanks to two late goals.
In the first of back-to-back fixtures between the sides, goals from Gemma Bonner and Dunia Susi secured a 2-0 win for the visitors.
Blues boss Matt Beard made two changes from the side which lost 2-1 to Lincoln in their previous fixture, with Laura Coombs and Helen Lander coming in for Sue Lappin and Kate Longhurst.
Chelsea began brightly, with Susi and Dani Buet at the heart of the action, creating the best chances of the half. After Doncaster goalkeeper Mary Earps elected to punch Susi's drilled Cross, Buet met the follow up from 15 yards, only to see her effort cannon off the crossbar. Earps was again be called upon moments later, diving bravely at the feet of Susi to smother her effort from Lander's pass.
With the match goalless heading into the interval, the Blues almost took the lead with the final kick of the first-half. From a combination that would later prove crucial, Buet's free kick found Bonner, who headed down to the onrushing Susi, only to see her effort float agonisingly over the crossbar.
A half-time substitution saw Longhurst introduced in place of Coombs, as Chelsea continued to take the game to the hosts. After Susi, Katie Sherwood and Ashlee Hincks all came close to putting the visitors in front, the Blues made the breakthrough with 20 minutes remaining.
From Sophie Ingle's corner kick, her high delivery was met at the far post by Bonner, who prodded home from a yard out to give Chelsea the advantage. With the Blues in front, Beard's side continued their dominance and doubled the lead within 10 minutes.
From Buet's delivery, Bonner flicked onto Susi, who was not to be denied, meeting the ball with a powerful header into the top corner to secure Chelsea's place in the final four.
After his side's first defeat of the season a week earlier, Blues boss Beard was delighted with the reaction from the players: 'We knew where we needed to improve after last week with mistakes that probably cost us the game and the performance was pleasing. It was only a matter of time before we scored,' said the Ladies manager.
The Ladies begin the FA WSL season on Easter Monday, again facing Doncaster Rovers Belles in the opening match of the league campaign.
Chelsea (4-4-2): Carly Telford (c); Sophie Perry, Gemma Bonner, Victoria Williams, Sophie Ingle; Helen Bleazard (Ashlee Hincks 54), Dani Buet, Kate Sherwood, Dunia Susi; Laura Coombs (Kate Longhurst HT), Helen Lander (Kylie Davies 86).
Unused subs Lara Fay, Sue Lappin.
By Daniel Clarke