Sam Kerr’s first-half hat-trick helped Chelsea FC Women further strengthen their grip on top spot in the Women’s Super League with a thumping victory over Birmingham City.
The Blues dominating possession but failed to broken the deadlock until 25 minutes, when Australian star Sam Kerr slammed home from a tight angle following goalkeeper Hannah Hampton had parried Erin Cuthbert’s low strike.
From the point on, Emma Hayes’side were in complete control, with Kerr scoring twice more in the final throes of the first period to complete her treble.
First, she nodded into an empty net after Pernille Harder’s effort struck the bar, before adding a third moments later by meeting Cuthbert’s free-kick at the far post to head in.
The Blues were even more dominant after the break, with Fran Kirby twice side-footing home from inside the box, while Guro Reiten converted Kirby’s pull-back to score her first league goal of the season.
Chelsea’s gap to second-placed Manchester City is now five points, although that could soon narrow again when Gareth Taylor’s side play Tottenham Hotspur later on Sunday.