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Sam Kerr's hat-trick seals League Cup for Chelsea

Watford: Australian women’s national team captain Sam Kerr continued her superb 2020-21, netting a brilliant hat-trick as Chelsea thrashed Bristol City 6-0 in the English FA Women’s League Cup final on Sunday.

Chelsea, for whom Korea Republic star Ji So-yun was an unused substitute in the final, proved far too strong for their opponents, piling on four first-half goals to retain the trophy they won for the first time last season.

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Kerr wasted little time in putting Chelsea ahead, easing home a Frank Kirby pass from close range after just 90 seconds.

Kirby, who scored two goals of her own in the match, then set up Kerr’s second in the 10th minute, with the Matildas star beating Bristol goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley from 12 yards before unleashing her trademark celebratory backflip.

Kirby’s brace made it 4-0 at the interval, and Kerr’s hat-trick was completed within three minutes of the restart.

For the third time, Kirby acted as the provider, passing up the chance to score her own treble to tee up the unmarked Australian, whose position directly in front of an empty Bristol City meant she had little difficulty in guiding the ball home from 10 yards.

Norway’s Guro Reiten completed the scoring in the 54th minute, with twin destroyers Kerr and Kirby both taking their leave at the hour mark as Chelsea eased to a comprehensive victory.

Kerr’s hat-trick takes her goal tally to 16 in all competitions this season, including nine in her last nine matches.

That form is promising news for Australia, who, alongside hosts Japan, have booked their place in the women’s football tournament in the Tokyo Olympics, with one of China PR or Korea Republic to join them following their final qualifying play-off in April.

Photo: Chelsea

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