Sam Kerr made her first start of the Women’s Super League season and the Matildas superstar opened the scoring in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over West Ham.
The calf injury that plagued her FIFA Women’s World Cup on home soil delayed Kerr’s start to the 2023-24 WSL campaign as she worked her way back to full fitness.
On Sunday (AEDT), the A-Leagues legend was back in the starting XI and back on the scoresheet for the defending champions after scoring against Matildas teammate and West Ham captain Mackenzie Arnold.
Her bullet header nine minutes before half-time broke the deadlock in London, where she had an initial goal ruled out for offside.
It meant Kerr – nominated for the AFC Women’s Player of the Year award – has now scored 11 goals against West Ham, while taking her overall league tally to 55 goals in 69 WSL appearances.
“It seems like it’s been a rollercoaster for me lately,” she told Chelsea TV post-match.
“I’m happy to be back at Kingsmeadow, back playing minutes.
“I’m getting better every week but I’m not there fully yet. It’s nice to score and get a win.”
Erin Cuthbert sealed the result in the 90th minute as Chelsea moved top of the table with an 18th consecutive home victory.
“I said to Mack (Mackenzie Arnold) after the game, they’re really improved,” Kerr said. “They were hard to break down. You have to show respect to teams when they come here and defend well like that.
“Two goals and a clean sheet, we can’t do anymore.”
In France’s Division 1 Feminine, Ellie Carpenter’s reigning champions Lyon crushed St-Etienne 6-0 to preserve their 100% record through four matches.
Meanwhile, Matildas star Hayley Raso started Real Madrid’s 5-2 win over Granada in Spain’s Liga F.