Eniola Aluko, the younger sister of Super Eagles’ star, Sone Aluko, on Sunday, led Chelsea ladies to trash Bristol City 7-1 during the club final pre-season friendly at Wheatsheaf Park.
According to reports, England duo Eniola Aluko and Fran Kirby combined to score five of the goals, the former netting a hat-trick, and there was also a couple of goals for new signing Bethany England.
With the majority of the squad away on international duty for the past fortnight, Emma Hayes’ team selection mixed youth with experience. Eniola Aluko Young keeper Fran Kitching took the gloves with a back four of Hannah Blundell, Niamh Fahey, Gilly Flaherty and Jenna Legg in front of her.
Karen Carney and England were among an attacking midfield line-up, along with Drew Spence, recent international centurion Aluko and Gemma Davison. Kirby was selected to lead the line.
There was also three familiar names in the Bristol City line-up; Rosella Ayane, Jodie Brett and Millie Farrow were all selected to start against their parent club, having joined the WSL2 side on loan. It was Farrow who made an immediate impact, scoring in the sixth minute with a goal out of nowhere.
The finish, however, was spectacular as she sent a delightful chip over the head of Kitching and into the back of the net. The lead proved to be short lived as the Blues equalised five minutes later.
Kirby broke clear down the left after dispossessing a Bristol defender and she unselfishly squared for Aluko, who took a touch and composed herself before tucking the ball into the far corner.