Chelsea come from behind to beat West Ham in WSL
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Chelsea come from behind to beat West Ham in WSL


Chelsea have won two and lost one of their first three games in the WSL this season

Chelsea recovered from an early setback to beat West Ham in the Women’s Super League at Kingsmeadow.

West Ham captain Dagny Brynjarsdottir was left unmarked as she headed the visitors in front after two minutes.

Defending champions Chelsea responded when Fran Kirby scooped in an equaliser before half-time.

Striker Sam Kerr, who hit the post twice, eventually scored Chelsea’s second, before Millie Bright’s header made it 3-1 to the hosts.

Chelsea dominated the second half and should have scored more as substitute Lauren James won a penalty but could not beat goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold from the spot.

Watched by brother and fellow England international Reece James, Lauren was impressive again in a short appearance from the bench.

Kerr, meanwhile, had a frustrating evening, but she caused plenty of problems for the West Ham defence.

Lucy Parker, who earned her first England call-up on Tuesday, did well to keep her at bay for large periods but Kerr’s quality was evident when she twice struck powerfully against the post.

The Australia international eventually got her first goal of the season when West Ham failed to clear the ball in the box and it dropped kindly for Kerr to poke in from close range.

Chelsea midfielder Guro Reiten had also came close, while Bright sent a header wide before netting the final goal in what ended up being a comfortable victory for the Blues.

Line-ups

Chelsea Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Berger
  • 15PérissetSubstituted forCharlesat 63′minutes
  • 4Bright
  • 26Buchanan
  • 16Eriksson
  • 17Fleming
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 13SvitkováSubstituted forEnglandat 63′minutes
  • 14KirbySubstituted forJamesat 63′minutes
  • 11ReitenSubstituted forRytting Kanerydat 72′minutes
  • 20KerrSubstituted forCankovicat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Musovic
  • 3Nouwen
  • 5Ingle
  • 7Carter
  • 9England
  • 10James
  • 19Rytting Kaneryd
  • 21Charles
  • 28Cankovic

West Ham Women

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Arnold
  • 15ParkerBooked at 76mins
  • 23CissokoBooked at 48mins
  • 22Fisk
  • 3Shimizu
  • 10Brynjarsdóttir
  • 12Longhurst
  • 4StringerSubstituted forKyvagat 69′minutes
  • 2SmithSubstituted forZiuat 69′minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 7EvansSubstituted forFlanneryat 87′minutes
  • 26AsseyiSubstituted forWalkerat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Snerle
  • 9Walker
  • 11Atkinson
  • 16Ziu
  • 17Filis
  • 20Kyvag
  • 28Hillyerd
  • 33Houssein
  • 41Flannery

Referee:
Tom Reeves

Attendance:
2,842

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