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Chelsea hammer Bristol City in Women’s League Cup final thanks to Sam Kerr hat-trick and Fran Kirby masterclass

March 14th, 2021

An eighth major trophy for Chelsea – ACTION IMAGES

Bristol City 0 Chelsea 6

Masterful Chelsea lifted the first of a potential quadruple of trophies this season as they ruthlessly dismantled Bristol City in the Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup final.

Australia striker Sam Kerr scored a 49-minute hat-trick and Fran Kirby starred with two goals and four unselfish assists in a game the Women’s Super League leaders could have won by an even greater margin.

Bristol City, who sit second from bottom in the WSL, went into the game at Vicarage Road as huge underdogs against a confident Chelsea team littered with world-class talent, but the West Country outfit only had themselves to blame in the first half as they gifted away possession for all of holders Chelsea’s first three goals.

Fran Kirby was the player of the match, scoring twice and assisting four goals - GETTY IMAGES

Fran Kirby was the player of the match, scoring twice and assisting four goals – GETTY IMAGES

Emma Hayes’ team produced a movement masterclass as they successfully defended the cup they won for the first time last year and claimed their eighth major trophy, all of which have come under Hayes’ tenure.

In this cup’s 10th season, Bristol City were only the seventh different finalist and there remain only three sides who have ever lifted the trophy: Chelsea, five-time winners Arsenal and three-time winners Manchester City.

The 2019-20 final last term was an edge-of-your-seat gripping contest which eventually saw Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 in the final minute, but this year’s showpiece was, in contrast, all-but over inside half an hour, and was realistically settled inside 10 minutes.

Within 90 seconds, Kirby had the chance to open the scoring after meeting Guro Reiten’s neat pass but selflessly squared the ball across the six-yard box for an untracked Kerr to open the scoring at the far post instead.

Kerr doubled her own tally before the 10-minute mark and her celebration was befitting of her team’s imperious form as she spun away with an acrobatic cartwheel that drew whoops of appreciation from her team-mates.

Australian Sam Kerr celebrates her second goal in acrobatic style - ACTION IMAGES

Australian Sam Kerr celebrates her second goal in acrobatic style – ACTION IMAGES

Kirby capitalised on keeper Sophie Baggaley’s loose clearance with a thumping finish to make it 3-0, before the England forward was released down the left and trickled home her second to put Chelsea 4-0 up at half-time. Kirby generously laid the ball off for Kerr to complete her hat-trick after the break, before cutting another neat pass back for Norway winger Reiten to net the sixth

Bristol City’s best moments came atv6-0 down when England striker Ebony Salmon was twice denied by good saves from Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger.

Brave blocks from Bristol City centre-back Gemma Evans and narrow misses from Kirby, captain Magdalena Eriksson and Drew Spence helped keep the scoreline down, with Chelsea so in control they were able to rest Denmark star Pernille Harder throughout, not needing to call upon the world’s most expensive signing.

But the match ended with a worrying and sad moment for the champions as their inspirational Norway defender Maren Mjelde had to be stretchered off, while receiving oxygen, after lengthy treatment on the field for a leg injury. She went down screaming with pain, days after her penalty away at Atletico Madrid helped her side reach the quarter-finals of the Women’s Champions League.

Match details

Bristol City (5-4-1): Baggaley 5; Bryson 4, Skeels 5 (Layzell, 85), Evans 6 (Rafferty, 80), Purfield 5, Bissell 4 (Harrison, 46); Wellings 6, Mastrantonio 5, Humphrey 5 (Palmer, 66) Daniels 5; Salmon 6.

Subs not used: Smith (g), Allen, Collis, Harrison, Jones.

Booked: Palmer.

Chelsea (4-4-2): Berger 6; Mjelde 6, Bright 6, Eriksson 7, Andersson 6 (Blundell, 46); Fleming 7, Ingle 7 (Spence, 46), Leupolz 7 (Cuthbert, 46), Reiten, 8; Kirby 9 (Charles, 60), Kerr 9 (Carter, 60).

Subs not used: Music (g), Telford (g), Ji, Harder.

Goals: Kerr 2, 10, 49, Kirby 29, 34, Reiten 54

Referee: Abi Bryne (Suffolk)

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