Top of the table Chelsea FCW visited West Ham United FCW on Sunday and walked away 2-0 winners, thanks to goals in the opening minutes of each half.
The first, courtesy of a Sam Kerr header came just seven minutes into the match. Bethany England was played in behind the defense on the right flank and did well to get around the ball and fire a cross toward the back post. Sam Kerr found separation from her defender and fired a header home from close range to open the scoring. Chelsea dominated possession the rest of the half but couldn’t find another goal before the break.
The Blues second goal came shortly after halftime, as Sam Kerr turned provider for Bethany England with a nearly identical goal to the one Kerr scored in the first half. This time it was England who fired a header home after a whipped cross from Kerr and the Blues had cemented their winning position.
West Ham United never really threatened Chelsea’s goal, despite Emily van Egmond and Martha Thomas’ best efforts. Fran Kirby and Guro Reiten both came close to a third for the Blues, with substitute Kirby heading off the crossbar before Reiten was denied spectacularly from close range.
With the victory, the Blues stay top of the league and remain on course for a potential league title deciding match with Manchester City in late April.
- Starting XI: Musovic, Andersson, Bright, Ingle, Mjelde, Ji So-yun (Spence ‘82), Charles (Carter ‘82), Reiten, Harder (Fleming ‘68), England, Kerr (Kirby ‘68)
- It was excellent to see Zecira Musovic get her first start in goal for Chelsea. It was made even better that she earned a clean sheet in her first outing.
- Magda Eriksson was still not available for the match, giving Sophie Ingle another chance to start alongside Mille Bright. Ingle was able to move higher up the pitch as the match wore on. A lot of focus will be on Eriksson’s availability for Chelsea’s Champions League match midweek.
- Courtney Brosnan made her first league start in goal for West Ham and looked strong in her debut. In particular, she made a remarkable diving save on Guro Reiten from close range to keep the Irons within touching distance.
- The Blues have won five consecutive league matches without conceding a goal, a new WSL record.
- Sam Kerr scored her twelfth WSL goal of the season, moving her ahead of teammate Fran Kirby and into second behind Arsenal’s Vivienne Miedema.
- Next Up: The Blues travel to Monza, Italy to take on Atlético de Madrid Femenino in the second leg of their round of 16 Champions League matchup.