Chelsea’s first home game of the season saw them bounce back against Everton, winning comfortably at Kingsmeadow. Kirby, England and a brace from Sam Kerr ensured it ended Chelsea 4-0 Everton to get Emma Hayes’s side back on track.
Emma Hayes made 3 changes to the lineup that lost narrowly to Arsenal. Ann-Katrin Berger started in goal, with Millie Bright, Jess Carter and Magda Eriksson remaining in the back 3. Erin Cuthbert started at right wing-back, with Guro Reiten on the left. Sophie Ingle came into midfield to partner Ji So-Yun. Both Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr returned in the attack, along with Dane Pernille Harder.
Chelsea started with intent and Eriksson, Kerr and Harder all went close. The Blues had to wait until the 25th minute to break the deadlock. Ji So-Yun found Fran Kirby on the left side of the box. She took one touch before lofting a brilliant finish into the top right corner, that left MacIver stranded.Embed from Getty Images
Chelsea could smell blood. However, they missed a number of chances to extend the lead. Pernille Harder went close multiple times, whilst Ji and Cuthbert also missed good chances. At half-time, despite the home side’s dominance, it was only Chelsea 1-0 Everton.
Chelsea doubled their lead shortly after the break thanks to an absolute gift. Megan Finnigan’s pass to MacIver was woefully short. Sam Kerr pounced and stroked into the empty net. This ended the game as a contest.Embed from Getty Images
Pernille Harder had been in the thick of the action and she was again unlucky. This time, Sam Kerr’s miskick bounced to her, but her precise half-volley came back off the post and was scrambled away.
Chelsea did grab a deserved 3rd on the 74th minute. Guro Reiten’s excellent cross was neatly dispatched by Sam Kerr’s downward header for her 2nd of the game. The Norwegian was the architect for the 4th too.Embed from Getty Images
Her deep cross this time found opposite wingback Cuthbert in the 79th minute. Although the Scot’s brilliant effort rattled the woodwork, it landed perfectly for Beth England to stab home with her 1st touch. Chelsea 4-0 Everton.
Full Time: Chelsea 4-0 EvertonEmbed from Getty Images
Final Thoughts: Chelsea 4-0 Everton
The second half salvo sets the Blues up perfectly. They scored some great goals and looked increasingly sharp.
However, it’s a tough away trip again next weekend. The Blues visit currently unbeaten Manchester United and need a positive result.