Sam Kerr scored her eighth goal of the English Women’s Super League season as Chelsea won 3-0 at Aston Villa to move back into second spot.
Kerr netted Chelsea’s third goal in the 56th minute from Niamh Charles’ pass, bringing up his 50th WSL goal.
The Matildas skipper, who was replaced after 81 minutes, had struck the crossbar in the first half, before scoring from a tight angle, while she was denied another by a good save from Villa keeper Hannah Hampton.
Chelsea boss Emma Hayes said about Kerr: “She not only makes the difference on the pitch she does it off it too. We can count on her.”
— Chelsea FC Women (@ChelseaFCW) April 2, 2023
Emily Gielnik was absent for the Villans.
Chelsea are second, one point behind leaders Manchester United, who have played one more game.
Lydia Williams was in goal as Brighton & Hove Albion lost 4-0 to United, who firmed up their title credentials.
Hayley Raso, Mary Fowler and Alanna Kennedy‘s Manchester City slipped down to fourth after losing 2-1 to Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley‘s Arsenal on Saturday.
Foord went off in the 36th minute of the match with an apparent hamstring concern which will have the Matildas set-up sweating ahead of the upcoming friendlies against Scotland and England in London.
Raso and Fowler came on in the 81st and 88th minutes respectively for City, while Kennedy was absent along with the injured Catley.
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— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) April 2, 2023
Mackenzie Arnold kept a clean sheet as West Ham United drew 0-0 with Liverpool on Sunday.
Courtney Nevin got the assist for Leicester City’s opening goal in a 2-1 win over Reading. Nevin put in a full shift while Remy Siemsen started and played 82 minutes.
Clare Wheeler played the full 90 minutes as Everton won 2-1 over Tottenham.
Ellie Carpenter was absent for Olympique Lyon’s 7-0 win at Le Havre in the French Feminine Division, having played the full 120 minutes as they lost to Kerr’s Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League on penalties after extra-time in midweek. Kerr converted Chelsea’s second spotkick.
Kyra Cooney-Cross, Aivi Luik, Clare Polkinghorne, Charlotte Grant, Katrina Gorry, Matilda McNamara, Tameka Yallop, Emily van Egmond
Larissa Crummer – SB 72, Chelsie Dawber – ST 74, Jacynta Gabaladaraachchi – ST 83