Sam Kerr
Sam Kerr scored her 15th, 16th and 17th goals of the Women’s Super League season

Sam Kerr’s first-half hat-trick helped Chelsea further strengthen their grip on top spot in the Women’s Super League with a thumping victory over Birmingham City.

After an even opening 25 minutes, the Australia striker put the hosts in front when she slammed home from a tight angle after goalkeeper Hannah Hampton had parried Erin Cuthbert’s low strike.

From that point on, Chelsea were in complete control, with Kerr scoring twice more in the final throes of the first period to complete her treble.

First, she nodded into an empty net after Pernille Harder’s effort struck the bar, before adding a third moments later by meeting Cuthbert’s free-kick at the far post to head in.

Emma Hayes’ side were even more dominant after the break, with Fran Kirby twice side-footing home from inside the box, while Guro Reiten converted Kirby’s pull-back to score her first league goal of the season.

Chelsea’s gap to second-placed Manchester City is now five points, although that could soon narrow again when Gareth Taylor’s side play Tottenham Hotspur later on Sunday.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Chelsea Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Berger
  • 21Charles
  • 4Bright
  • 16Eriksson
  • 25AnderssonSubstituted forBlundellat 45′minutes
  • 24SpenceBooked at 80mins
  • 8LeupolzSubstituted forFlemingat 57′minutes
  • 14Kirby
  • 23HarderSubstituted forEnglandat 45′minutes
  • 22CuthbertSubstituted forReitenat 45′minutes
  • 20KerrSubstituted forCarterat 62′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Musovic
  • 3Blundell
  • 5Ingle
  • 7Carter
  • 9England
  • 11Reiten
  • 17Fleming
  • 28Telford

B’ham City Women

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Hampton
  • 2Mayling
  • 16Brougham
  • 30Lawley
  • 4Mace
  • 3ScottSubstituted forHollowayat 80′minutes
  • 10Murray
  • 8GreenSubstituted forWhippat 62′minutes
  • 14Kelly
  • 12LittlejohnBooked at 45minsSubstituted forNapierat 62′minutes
  • 18WalkerSubstituted forMurphyat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Sarri
  • 17Logan
  • 19Whipp
  • 20Napier
  • 24Whitehouse
  • 25Holloway
  • 35Murphy

Referee:
Jane Simms

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Second Half ends, Chelsea Women 6, Birmingham City Women 0.

  2. Goal! Chelsea Women 6, Birmingham City Women 0. Fran Kirby (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Beth England.

  3. Attempt saved. Beth England (Chelsea Women) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hannah Blundell with a cross.

  4. Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Lucy Whipp.

  5. Attempt blocked. Niamh Charles (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Guro Reiten with a cross.

  6. Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Sarah Mayling.

  7. Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Fran Kirby.

  8. Attempt missed. Niamh Charles (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  9. Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Rebecca Holloway replaces Harriet Scott.

  10. Drew Spence (Chelsea Women) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Foul by Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Women).

  12. Emily Murphy (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Millie Bright.

  14. Attempt missed. Fran Kirby (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Guro Reiten with a headed pass.

  15. Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Emily Murphy replaces Claudia Walker.

  16. Goal! Chelsea Women 5, Birmingham City Women 0. Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fran Kirby.

  17. Foul by Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women).

  18. Claudia Walker (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Attempt blocked. Harriet Scott (Birmingham City Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie-Lee Napier.

  20. Foul by Jessica Carter (Chelsea Women).

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