Sam Kerr scored a double as Chelsea won 3-0 over Reading to be crowned English Women’s Super League champions on Saturday.
Kerr netted goals in the 18th and 88th minutes as the Blues made it four straight WSL titles. Kerr told Optus Sport: “It gets better every year, it gets harder every year but I think that makes it more sweet.”
The Matildas skipper opened the scoring with a header from Guro Reiten’s cross, before Reiten made it 2-0 in the 42nd minute.
Kerr rounded out the scoring, to commence the celebrations, with a simple finish after finding space and having a poked shot rebound back to her off the post.
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said: “She is golden, in every way shape and form. She’s one of the best I’ve ever coached.
“She’s outstanding, she manages pressure and expectation with joy and a smile on her face. I wouldn’t trade Sam Kerr for any player in the world.”
After the game, Chelsea revealed Kerr had won the club’s Players’ Player of the Season award along with the supporter-voted Player of the Season gong too. Kerr finished the WSL season with 12 goals and 29 in all competitions.
Hayley Raso was an 84th minute substitute as Manchester City beat Clare Wheeler’s Everton 3-2 but that wasn’t enough to finish inside the top three to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley’s Arsenal finished third despite a 2-0 home loss to Aston Villa, edging City on goal difference for a spot in Europe’s top women’s club competition. Foord was absent while Catley put in a full shift.
Mackenzie Arnold put in a full shift as West Ham United finished their season with a 2-2 home draw with Tottenham.
Courtney Nevin played a full game and Remy Siemsen started and played 69 minutes as Leicester City won 1-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion for whom Lydia Williams was absent.
Ellie Carpenter was absent as Olympique Lyon rounded out their title-winning French Feminine Division 1 season with a 7-1 win over Reims.
Larissa Crummer scored two goals and got an assist in Norway’s Toppserien as Brann won 5-2 over Roa. The goals were Crummer’s first for Brann in her eighth appearance for the club this season.
9. min: MÅÅÅL! LARISSA CRUMMER!!!
— SK Brann Kvinner (@skbrannkvinner) May 27, 2023
Aivi Luik put in a full shift as Hacken won 3-0 at Pita in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan on Saturday, while Chelsie Dawber started and played 72 minutes in Norrkoping’s 1-0 home loss to Brommapojkarna on Sunday.
Alex Chidiac was a 72nd minute substitute for Racing Louisville in their 2-1 home loss to North Carolina Courage in the United States’ NWSL, while Emily van Egmond was absent as San Diego Wave drew 1-1 with Portland Thorns.
Jacynta Galabadaarachchi started and played 88 minutes as Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 in the Scottish Cup final, lifting the trophy in back-to-back seasons.
— Celtic FC Women (@CelticFCWomen) May 28, 2023