Chelsea has booked their spot in a third consecutive Conti Cup final after a 3-1 win over Manchester United. The Blues will now face the winner of the Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur game at 6:00 am AEDT tomorrow morning.
Emma Hayes' side will be looking to make it three Conti Cup titles in a row after securing their ticket to the final in March. Goals to Pernille Harder, Jessie Fleming and Jess Carter ensured the Blues reached the final.
Sam Kerr started on the bench after returning from international duty throughout the week, with Hayes making three changes to the team who beat Aston Villa 3-1 in the Women's FA Cup over the weekend.
Both teams had chances to find the opener early but it would be the hosts that would draw first blood. Pernille Harder rounded the United keeper in the 26th minute to find Chelsea's first of the night.
Just five minutes later the Blues would have their second, with Canadian Jessie Fleming getting in on the action. Manchester found the back of the net two minutes later, with Vilde Bøe Risa hitting a powerful strike past Zećira Mušović in the Chelsea goal.
Jess Carter restored the Blues two-goal buffer minutes later, converting from close range to make it three.
Hayes opted to bring on Kerr with 20 minutes left to go, a flurry of early chances from the striker was unable to trouble Sophie Baggaley in goal.
The 77th minute saw United go down to 10 players, Kerr was one-on-one with Baggaley after a short back pass from former Blue Hannah Blundell caught the United keeper out. Baggaley was shown a straight red card after colliding with the number 20, with Chelsea finishing the game with a two-goal and one player advantage.
Chelsea will now face the winner of Hayley Raso and Alanna Kennedy's Manchester City v Kyah Simon's Tottenham Hotspur, either way, Kerr will be facing a fellow Aussie in the final.
The final is set for Sunday the 6th of March at 4:15 am AEDT, with Australian audiences able to watch the game for free on the FA Player.