Ladies reaction: Linking well already

Chelsea Ladies' debut goalscorers Ramona Bachmann and Crystal Dunn enjoyed their first taste of the Women's FA Cup against Doncaster Rovers Belles.

The Blues ran out 7-0 winners in our season-opener at Wheatsheaf Park to book a spot in the sixth-round of the competition, which takes place on Sunday with Sunderland the opposition.

Dunn took only 12 minutes to get off the mark for her new club as she set the tone for an emphatic victory.

'It was so exciting,' beamed the USA international. 'I'm new to the FA Cup and the history of it, so I feel like I didn't really know much going into it, but being part of that, and Chelsea Football Club, is very special.

'For me personally, getting on the scoresheet was an achievement and I'm very happy, but I couldn't have done it without my team-mates. It's not easy scoring goals, but when you're surrounded by so many players it makes it a little easier.

'I could have had a hat-trick – I should have. I had a couple of chances, but the good thing is when you're winning by so many goals it's not so bad; if we'd really needed the goals then I'd have really been beating myself up over it. But for the team to score seven goals was incredible.'

Bachmann, meanwhile, netted our fifth goal of the afternoon shortly before the interval of a first half in which she had tormented the Doncaster rearguard.

Her touch to bring down Karen Carney's cross was a perfect illustration of the technical ability she has at her disposal and the finish was just as impressive.

'Of course I'm happy to score in my first game, but I'm mostly happy with the win and the clean sheet,' said the former Wolfsburg forward.

'I wasn't really surprised by my first experience of English football, I already knew it would be physical and there are a lot of balls in the air and a lot of fights on the pitch, but I'm used to that from German football.

'I've only been here for two months but already I think I'm linking up really well with the players up front and it's going to get better the more we train together. Already now it's on a high level.'

The interplay between Bachmann and Dunn, in particular, caught the eye as the two players cut through the Doncaster rearguard at will.

'I feel like I've known her for so long and she just makes the game easier for me,' said Dunn (pictured below) of her new team-mate. 'She's so technical and I know the type of player she is, so when she puts her head down and starts dribbling I'm like, “Okay, let me clear some space for you.”

'I think the three up top played well, we stayed connected and it was easy to find each other.'


This was not Bachmann's first competitive fixture at Wheatsheaf Park as she has previously visited the ground as an opposition player with Wolfsburg, but she enjoyed her first experience as a home player.

'It was really good to see the fans at this game and I enjoyed signing things afterwards and taking pictures with them,' she said.

'I always try to do that because I like to support the fans who are coming to see us and I want to give them something back.'

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