Kerr on target again in Chelsea WSL win

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Prolific Sam Kerr has kept up her remarkable scoring exploits for English champions Chelsea, the Australia skipper heading home a goal of considerable commitment and skill again in their 3-1 win over Brighton in the Women's Super League.

Kerr struck for the Blues for the fourth game in succession in all competitions and took her WSL tally for the season to a league-leading five with her brave effort in the 38th minute of Saturday's rain-soaked lunchtime fixture at Chelsea's Kingsmeadow home.

Once again, it was a perfect link-up with her equally devastating strike partner Fran Kirby that set up Kerr's goal to put Chelsea two up.

Kirby spotted a fine run in behind the Brighton defence by Kerr who, ignoring how Brighton keeper Megan Walsh was careering towards her, outmuscled her marker Felicity Gibbons to get on to the end of the deep cross first and loop in her third headed goal of the season.

It had actually not been one of the Golden Boot winner's better days in front of goal, as Kerr had already missed one glorious one-on-one chance and had been too unselfish on another occasion, passing when she would have been better off shooting.

In the second half, too, Kerr's control let her down when she had looked poised to make it a brace of goals for the third consecutive WSL match.

But Chelsea, who had scored early through Guro Reiten's strike, largely controlled proceedings despite Danielle Carter pulling one back for Brighton just after the break.

Beth England, brought on as a 77th minute sub for Kerr, fired home Chelsea's third within three minutes of coming on.

Victory was largely orchestrated by another virtuoso display from Kirby, who assisted on all three of their goals. She and Kerr now have 10 goals between them this season.

It felt like an important win for Emma Hayes' champions against the team that handed them their only league defeat of the season in last season's corresponding fixture.

It moved them briefly to the top of the table, but an Arsenal side, featuring Matildas Steph Catley and substitute Caitlin Foord, later on Saturday regained their three-point advantage over the Blues as they continued their perfect start to the season with a 4-0 win at Aston Villa.

Their four-goal second-half blitz against Villa, who were without their own Australian striker Emily Gielnik, featured a double from their evergreen Scottish star Kim Little, who notched her 150th goal for the club.

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