Chelsea 5-0 Birmingham City: Kerrby Flipping Brilliant

A Sam Kerr hat-trick, and a 100th goal for the Blues for Fran Kirby saw Chelsea thrash Birmingham City at Kingsmeadow. The visitors were comprehensively outclassed, just days after they sacked manager Scott Booth. It ended Chelsea 5-0 Birmingham City.

Chelsea 5-0 Birmingham City Final Score

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Chelsea rotated significantly after the tight win over Servette. Ann-Katrin Berger came back in goal, with the usual 3 of Millie Bright, Jess Carter and Magda Eriksson in defence. Consequently, Drew Spence and Melanie Leupolz took up the pivot roles with Erin Cuthbert and Guro Reiten at wingback. Chelsea’s front 3 featured Fran Kirby, Jessie Fleming and Sam Kerr. 

First Half

The Blues nearly took the lead with their first attack as Sam Kerr and Niamh Charles were both denied. It did take just 4 minutes for Emma Hayes’s side to get infront, however. An innocuous ball by Eriksson was only half-cleared to Kirby on the edge of the box. She expertly lofted the ball past a stranded Hourihan to open the scoring. 

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The contest was killed on the 18th minute. An inch-perfect pass by Jessie Fleming was dispatched into the far corner by Sam Kerr. The Aussie grabbed her 2nd on the 29th. Again Birmingham didn’t help themselves. They failed to properly clear Kirby’s mishit effort and Kerr pounced. 

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Kerr completed a perfect hat-trick on the 44th minute with a poacher’s effort. Hourihan palmed away Spence’s effort and the Australian reacted fastest to loop in the header. She consequently celebrated with the trademark flip with Chelsea well in control. 

Second Half

With a big lead, accordingly, the Blues stepped off the gas in the second half. They already had the game won and looked to conserve energy. Leupolz and Spence both drove wide, whilst Kerr and Kirby also missed good chances to increase the lead. 

Lauren James was summoned from the bench, replacing Jessie Fleming and showed some promising early touches, but did not grab a goal herself.

The home side tried desperately to give Kirby her centurion moment, however. It did come soon after, on the 75th minute. Again, Sam Kerr was involved. This time she found herself on the wing. Her drilled ball into the six-yard box was swept home by Kirby for her 100th goal for the Champions. 

Full Time: Chelsea 5-0 Birmingham City

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Final Thoughts: Chelsea 5-0 Birmingham City

A break from WSL action for several weeks for Chelsea, who as a result of this big win remain in 2nd behind Arsenal.

Furthermore, they actually meet their North London rivals in their next match. Moreover, it’s a big one. The Blues are looking get revenge, in addition to completing the 2021 Quadruple in the re-arranged FA Cup Final. 

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