That was her last contribution of the evening, as she was one of three players to be substituted just before the hour mark. Eriksson and Cuthbert also made way, with Andersson, Charles and Jorja Fox entering the fray.
We could have had another, only for the woodwork to keep out Spence’s powerful strike, and then came the moment every Blues fan has waited for since mid-March. For the first time since suffering a serious knee injury in the Continental League Cup final, Mjelde was back on the pitch – you could see just how much it meant to her team-mates by the delighted reaction of Carter, who made way for the Norwegian. England also came on, in place of Kerr.
By this point, however, the game had become little more than a training exercise, as we kept Servette at arm’s length and saw out a third clean sheet in a row since returning from the international break – although with better decision-making in the final third we could perhaps have managed to reach double figures.
The two sides will do it all again next Thursday at Kingsmeadow, a game for which tickets are still available. Click here to buy yours now. Before that, however, we’re back in WSL action with the small matter of a trip to Manchester City. That one takes place on Sunday at 3pm, live on Sky Sports for those of you who don’t make the trip to the North-West.
Servette (4-2-3-1) Pereira; Soulard, Spalti, Hurni, Fleury (Maendly h/t); Lagonia (c) (Guede Redondo 71), Tufo; Tamplin, Nakkach (Bourma 71), Padilla-Bidas; Boho Saya (Grivaz 89)
Unused subs Droz, Felber
Chelsea (3-4-3) Musovic; Bright, Carter (Mjelde 66), Eriksson (c) (Andersson 57); Cuthbert (Charles 57), Spence, Leupolz, Reiten (Fox 57); Kirby, Kerr (England 66), Fleming
Unused subs Telford, Berger, Ingle, Ji, James
Scorers Leupolz 8, Kirby 16, 26, Kerr 18, 19, Fleming 38, Reiten 50
Referee Iuliana Demetrescu (Romania)