Sam Kerr’s double lifted Chelsea again to the highest of the Ladies’s Tremendous League and one win from being topped champions, because of a 2-0 victory over Tottenham.
The Blues peppered Rebecca Spencer’s purpose in a primary half dominated by the guests but it surely took 41 minutes to make the breakthrough, provided by Kerr firing Guro Reiten’s low ball in from shut vary.
The WSL’s high scorer grabbed her twentieth purpose of the season eight minutes into the second interval to provide Chelsea a snug benefit, turning dwelling the rebound from her personal header following one other Reiten cross.
Ann-Katrin Berger was a relative spectator between the guests’ posts whereas Chelsea handed up additional possibilities so as to add to their lead as Drew Spence headed in opposition to the crossbar.
Victory in opposition to Studying on Sunday will wrap up the Ladies’s Tremendous League title for Emma Hayes’ group.
Elegant Kerr leaves future in Chelsea fingers
Chelsea made 5 modifications after their Champions League semi-final victory three days in the past, however there was no lack of know-how from Emma Hayes’ aspect as Spurs defender Abbie McManus was compelled to clear an early header off her personal goal-line early on.
Spence, Sophie Ingle and Reiten all pulled saves out of the busy Spencer earlier than Spurs original their first actual likelihood, as Lucy Quinn held off Magdelena Eriksson from a protracted ball ahead earlier than Berger denied her at her close to publish half an hour in.
The one-way site visitors was nearly unrepentant, however with the half-time whistle approaching Chelsea had nonetheless not discovered a manner via.
The league’s high scorer, Kerr, couldn’t be denied perpetually although. With 4 minutes to go earlier than the break, she met Reiten’s low cross and fired in on the again publish to lastly put the guests in entrance.
Lower than two minutes after the break, they had been inside inches of a second, as Beth England’s cross was nodded in opposition to the bar by Spence. Their cushion arrived minutes later as Kerr met Reiten’s supply to check Spencer with one other header, earlier than burying the ball on the rebound for her twentieth purpose of the marketing campaign.
Tottenham wanted a response having proven treasured little within the opening 50 minutes and compelled a save from Berger when Quinn moved in off the correct and fired straight on the goalkeeper.
Hayes’ precedence turned to the health of her gamers forward of their final-day showdown with Studying, and Champions League remaining conflict with Barcelona every week later, and he or she rung the modifications after the hour mark, which disrupted the movement of the sport markedly.
The overworked Spencer had little to do within the remaining minutes whereas Rianna Dean fired large on the volley for the hosts, who had been grateful to listen to the full-time whistle after being outclassed by their London rivals, and have now gained solely one among their final 11 video games.
What the managers stated…
Chelsea boss Emma Hayes informed BT Sport: “I believe once you make 5 modifications you disrupt one thing naturally, and I at all times suppose for gamers who do not play loads, they do not have the rhythm.
“So it is simple to count on them to come back in and fireplace on all cylinders, however the actuality is it takes a little bit of time to stand up to hurry.
“I assumed we created a variety of possibilities, we simply did not execute and Becky Spencer stored a pair out. The timing of the primary purpose got here after we wanted it, and that settled all people.”
Tottenham journey to Birmingham, who may nonetheless leapfrog them within the desk, of their remaining sport of the season on Sunday; Kick-off at 2.30pm.
Chelsea host Studying, in a sport which is able to seal the WSL title with victory, on Sunday; Kick-off at 2.30pm.