Prolific Sam Kerr has continued her remarkable goals for English champions Chelsea, the Australian skipper who again returned home a goal of considerable dedication and skill in their 3-1 win over Brighton in the Women’s Super League.
Kerr struck for the Blues for the fourth straight game in all competitions, taking her WSL tally for the season to a leading five with her valiant effort in the 38th minute of Saturday’s lunchtime game at the champions Kingsmeadow home.
Again, it was a partnership with her equally devastating strike partner Fran Kirby that delivered Kerr’s goal of putting Chelsea in second place.
Kirby saw a fine run up behind the Brighton defense by Kerr who, ignoring how Brighton keeper Megan Walsh came towards her, outsmarted her marker Felicity Gibbons to reach the end of the deep cross first and her third header from the season.
It really hadn’t been one of the Golden Boot winner’s better days in front of goal, as Kerr had already missed a glorious one-on-one chance and on another occasion had been too selfless by passing when she could have done better. to shoot.
Also in the second half, Kerr’s control failed her as she looked poised to turn it into a series of goals for the third consecutive WSL game.
But Chelsea, who had scored early from Guro Reiten’s strike, largely controlled the course, despite Danielle Carter pulling one back for Brighton just after the break.
Beth England, who came on for Kerr in the 77th minute, shot Chelsea’s third within three minutes of coming on.
The win was largely due to another virtuoso performance from Kirby, who assisted in all three of their goals. She and Kerr now have 10 goals between them this season.
It felt like an important win for Emma Hayes’ champions against the team that gave them their only league defeat of the season in the corresponding game last season.
It took them to the top of the table, although Arsenal had a chance to recapture their three-point lead in Saturday’s game at Aston Villa.