Sam Kerr bags first-half hat-trick as Chelsea hit Birmingham for six in WSL

Sam Kerr receives the match ball after reaching 17 WSL goals this season

Sam Kerr fired a first-half hat-trick as Chelsea thrashed Birmingham City 6-0 to maintain their two-point lead at the top of the Women’s Super League table.

Australia forward Kerr scored all three goals before the interval, heading her third in first-half stoppage time, while Chelsea also struck a post through Pernille Harder’s header.

Fran Kirby slotted Emma Hayes’ side into a 4-0 lead just after the hour-mark and curled home the last goal after Guro Reiten had made it 5-0 in the 73rd minute.

Manchester City extended their winning league run to 12 matches by winning 3-0 at Tottenham.

Janine Beckie’s header, credited as an own goal from Tottenham goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer, gave City an early lead before Beckie slotted home their second shortly before half-time.

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Caroline Weir completed the scoring just after the hour-mark as City stayed second in the table, two points behind Chelsea with three games to go.

Arsenal moved up to third in the table after beating Bristol City 4-0 with two goals from the WSL’s all-time top goal scorer Vivianne Miedema.

Danielle van de Donk and Beth Mead were also on the scoresheet in a dominant away performance.

Holland midfielder Inessa Kaagman struck the only goal from the penalty spot as Brighton won 1-0 at home to Manchester United

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Kaagman converted in the 25th minute after Maria Thorisdottir had handled and United slipped to fourth, behind Arsenal on goal difference in the race for third and a place in Europe next season.

Aston Villa’s survival hopes were dealt a blow as they stay bottom after losing 3-1 at Everton.

Lucy Graham headed Everton’s opening goal and then saw her penalty saved before Izzy Christiansen converted a spot-kick of her own.

Substitute Simone Magill added a third for Willie Kirk’s side and although Chloe Arthur scored a late consolation, Villa slipped to a fifth straight defeat.


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