Chelsea sealed another three points in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with a comfortable 6-0 win over struggling Birmingham City at Kingsmeadow.
A first half hat-trick from Sam Kerr gave Chelsea a 3-0 lead going into half-time before two goals from Fran Kirby and one from Guro Reiten in the second half sealed all three points for the hosts.
Chelsea boss Emma Hayes made two changes from the side that beat VfL Wolfsburg in midweek as Niamh Charles and Drew Spence both came into the starting XI replacing Jess Carter and Sophie Ingle.
Carla Ward also made changes to her Birmingham City side following last weekend’s draw with Bristol City. Mollie Green, Emma Kelly and Gemma Lawley all came into the starting XI whilst there were places on the bench for Heidi Logan and Veatriki Sarri who had both recovered from injury.
In what was a quiet first 20 minutes, Chelsea failed to test Birmingham City goalkeeper Hannah Hampton as chances went a miss from both Jonna Andersson and Magda Eriksson.
Chelsea found the first goal of the game after 25 minutes through Kerr as she crashed the ball home from close range after Hampton did well to initially push away Erin Cuthbert’s low shot.
The visitors nearly found themselves level with five minutes left on the clock in the first half but Claudia Walker fired wide of the target after Millie Bright got tangled around an awkward bouncing ball.
The miss would prove to be costly for Ward’s side as they found themselves 2-0 down moments later. Kerr found her second goal of the game as she again reacted superbly to head home from close range after Pernille Harder’s original header had rattled the crossbar.
Chelsea didn’t stop there as Kerr completed her hat-trick in first half injury time as she headed fiercely beyond Hampton following a delicious out-swinging free-kick from Cuthbert out on the right.
The hosts carried on their form into the second half with Kirby making it 4-0 after 61 minutes when the England international swept home from close range following a brilliant pull back from the right by substitute Beth England.
Fellow substitute Reiten got in on the act to make it 5-0 after 73 minutes when the Norwegian international finished coolly beyond Hampton from six yards following a low pass from Kirby.
Kirby made it 6-0 into second half injury-time when she curled home a brilliant right-footed finish beyond Hampton from the edge of the area following a brilliant run.
The victory sees Chelsea remain above Manchester City at the top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table. They will now turn their attentions to their Vitality Women’s FA Cup tie against London City Lionesses after the international break.
The defeat for Birmingham City means that they are now winless in 11 league matches but they will look to bounce back to winning ways when they take on Coventry United in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup in their next match.