In Chelsea’s 6-0 trouncing of Birmingham City in the FA Women’s Super League yesterday, the third score was this marvelous play started by a wonderful long pass from Millie Bright, finding Bethany England who finished with aplomb after a ridiculous “Bergkampian” first touch.
Let’s break it down, shall we.
Chelsea were up 2-0 and into first-half stoppage time. There was no reason to push against one of the worst teams in the division. Chelsea could’ve just waited for the half-time whistle. But as Millie Bright surveyed the field, Bethany England had herself a thought many, many yards down the pitch.
“M-Dawg” spotted the run and picked out her teammate 50 yards away with unerring accuracy. David Luiz and Cesc Fàbregas could not have done better. But things were about to get even better!
England was in a bit of space, but was being chased down from behind and there was a defender on the inside as well. Anything but a perfect touch gives either of those two players a chance to clear or tackle. But England’s touch was beyond perfection. It was sublime. It was Bergkamp vs Argentina in 1998 World Cup, one of the greatest goals of all time, minus the cut inside (since she was already facing goal in the opposite channel) and the Dutch commentator absolutely losing his mind.
Oh yeah, the finish was just as sweet.
Take a bow, Bethany England!