Aussies Abroad: Kerr sparkles as Chelsea hit Bristol for six

Sam Kerr's excellent introduction to the Women's Super League continued overnight as Chelsea hammered Bristol City 6-1 to underline their title credentials. 

Having made an eventful starting bow for the Blues in Monday's (AEDT) 3-1 defeat of Reading, Kerr was named among the substitutes bench by boss Emma Hayes as the 11th-placed Robins came calling at Kingsmeadow. 

The Londoners conceded a shock opener to Bristol's Ebony Salmon but retaliated with four first half goals in the space of 20 minutes, with Bethany England, Hannah Blundell, Jessica Carter and Ji So-yun all on the scoresheet.

Westfield Matildas captain Kerr came off the bench for the start of second half in place of Drew Spence and was instantly involved in the creation of her side's fifth goal, finding Guro Reiten with a delicate touch before her cross was dispatched by Korea Republic international Ji.

Kerr's flourishing combination with strike partner England kept the visitors' defence on their toes and the Australian was so close to notching her first Chelsea goal after rounding Bristol 'keeper Sophie Baggaley on 67 minutes only to be denied by Jasmine Matthews' last-ditch sliding interception. 

Chelsea added a sixth when England secured her double late on to wrap up a resounding win which keeps the Blues four points behind leaders Arsenal, who Kerr's side will face next Monday (kick off 1.00am AEDT) following an FA WSL Cup Quarter-final tie against Aston Villa on Thursday (kick off 6.00am AEDT).

Elsewhere in WSL action, Jacynta Galabadaarachchi featured in West Ham United's 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Galabadaarachchi entered the fray on the hour mark and helped lay on Kenza Dali's 90th minute equaliser after the Hammers had trailed to Emma Mitchell's effort on 30 minutes. 

But another late twist saw Rianna Dean head in a 96th minute winner which keeps Galabadaarachchi's side in eighth position on the ladder. 

Sam Kerr
Westfield Matildas captain Sam Kerr was denied her first Chelsea goal by a brilliant goal-line clearance

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Meanwhile, Lisa De Vanna and her Fiorentina side returned from the winter break in style, beating Orobica 4-1.

The Westfield Matildas all-time leading scorer got her name on the scoresheet with a clean 52nd minute strike, after Ilaria Mauro's early double.

Paloma Lazaro stuck in a fourth for The Violets on 83 minutes as the team from Florence, Tuscany won their third Serie A match in a row and moved six points behind leaders Juventus. 

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