Chelsea 6-0 Birmingham: Emma Hayes’ side run riot in the WSL at Kingsmeadow thanks to a Samantha Kerr hat-trick and a brace from star striker Fran Kirby
- Chelsea were 3-0 up by half time after Samantha Kerr’s stunning hat-trick
- Guro Reiten scored the Blues’ fifth against goal struggling Birmingham City
- England star Fran Kirby got her second goal and Chelsea’s sixth in injury time
In-form Sam Kerr completed a first-half hat-trick as Chelsea outclassed struggling Birmingham City 6-0 at Kingsmeadow.
The Blues had to wait until the 25th minute to break the deadlock, when Erin Cuthbert struck an angled drive that forced Hannah Hampton to produce a save only for Kerr to convert the rebound with a close-range effort.
On the stroke of half-time Chelsea doubled their lead through Australia international Kerr, who reacted quickly to bundle a header past Hampton.
Sam Kerr (right) celebrates after scoring her second goal of the afternoon with Pernille Harder
Fran Kirby made it 4-0 the Blues – she also netted her second of the afternoon in injury time
Guro Reiten celebrates with her team mates after scoring her side’s fifth goal of the game
Pernille Harder’s header struck the post but Chelsea claimed their third goal after Cuthbert whipped a wonderful cross that found Kerr, whose header at the far post completed her hat-trick.
There was no let-up from Emma Hayes’ side after the break and they netted a fourth after some great build-up play between Niamh Charles and Bethany England on the right found Fran Kirby, who slotted the ball into the net in the 61st minute.
Kirby then turned provider and executed a low cross to find Guro Reiten, who converted to give Chelsea their fifth goal of the game.
Chelsea added their sixth goal late on through England star Kirby, who did brilliantly to burst into the box and strike a curling effort past Hampton.
It was a great day at the office for Emma Hayes’ side and the win leaves them top of the WSL
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