Chelsea Women 3-1 West Ham Women: Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr and Millie Bright all get on the scoresheet as the Blues come from behind to register their second straight Super League win
- West Ham went in front through an early Dangy Brynjarsdottir goal
- Chelsea hit back through midfielder Fran Kirby shortly before half time
- They then took control after the break, with Sam Kerr and Millie Bright scoring
- Lauren James missed a late penalty but Chelsea still eased to victory
Chelsea came from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 in their Women’s Super League match at Kingsmeadow.
Irons captain Dagny Brynjarsdottir headed the visitors into a shock lead after only three minutes, before Chelsea responded as Sam Kerr twice hit the woodwork and Fran Kirby scored a deserved equalizer in the 40th minute.
Kerr then tapped in a second on the hour, with Millie Bright nodding home a third after, before Lauren James saw her late penalty saved shortly.
Sam Kerr put Chelsea in front from close range just before the hour mark on Wednesday
She was congratulated by her team-mates after scoring her goal at Kingsmeadow
Chelsea (3-4-1-2): Berger; Bright, Buchanan, Eriksson; Perisset (Charles 63), Cuthbert, Fleming, Kirby (England 63); Svitkova (James 63); Kerr (Cankovic 72), Reiten (Kaneryd 72)
Goals: Kirby, Kerr, Bright
Manager: Emma Hayes
West Ham (3-5-2): Arnold; Parker, Cissoko, Fisk; Shimizu, Brynjarsdottir, Longhurst, Stringer (Kyvaag 69), Smith (Ziu 69); Evans (Flannery 87), Asseyi (Walker 83)
Booked: Cissoko, Ziu, Parker
Manager: Paul Konchesky
The match at Kingsmeadow was rearranged from September 11 following the death of the Queen.
West Ham, who have never beaten Chelsea in the WSL, took the lead after just three minutes when Iceland midfielder Brynjarsdottir powered in a header from a corner.
The Blues – who beat Manchester City after losing their opening match at newly-promoted Liverpool – looked to make a swift response as Bright’s goalbound flick was clawed off the line by Irons keeper Mackenzie Arnold.
Kerr cut inside from the left and crashed a 20-yard drive against the far post and the Australian forward soon hit the other post with a low effort as Chelsea remained on the front foot.
Millie Bright rounded off the scoring in the 62nd minute to seal the win for Chelsea
Dagny Brynjarsdottir had given West Ham a shock lead in the third minute of the match
The equalizer eventually arrived five minutes before half-time when Kirby dug out a cross from the left to chip the ball into the top corner.
Chelsea remained on the offensive at the start of the second half.
Their pressure told just before the hour when Kerr slotted in after West Ham failed to clear following a corner which dropped into the six-yard box.
England defender Bright added another in the 63rd minute, heading home from a corner.
With 15 minutes left, Chelsea were awarded a penalty after Lucy Parker brought down James but the forward saw a tame spot-kick saved by Arnold down low to her left.
Substitute Lauren James had her late penalty saved by Mackenzie Arnold
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