Chelsea recovered from an early setback to beat West Ham in the Women’s Super League at Kingsmeadow.
West Ham captain Dagny Brynjarsdottir went unmarked as she put the visitors ahead after two minutes.
Defending champions Chelsea reacted when Fran Kirby equalized before half-time.
Striker Sam Kerr, hitting the post twice, eventually scored the second for Chelsea before Millie Bright’s header made it 3-1 for the hosts.
Chelsea dominated the second half and should have scored more goals as substitute Lauren James won a penalty but goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold failed to score from the penalty spot.
Watched by her brother and England international Reece James, Lauren once again impressed with a brief appearance from the bench.
Kerr, on the other hand, had a frustrating evening but she caused plenty of problems for West Ham’s defence.
Lucy Parker, the received its first assignment in England Tuesday did well to keep her at bay for long, but Kerr’s quality showed when she hit the post powerfully twice.
The Australia international eventually scored her first goal of the season when West Ham failed to clear the ball inside the box and Kerr kindly poked in from close range.
Chelsea midfielder Guro Reit was also close, while Bright missed a header before scoring the final goal in what ended up being a comfortable win for the Blues.
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Second Half ends, Chelsea Women 3, West Ham United Women 1.
attempt failed. Lauren James (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jelena Cankovic from a corner.
Corner, Chelsea Women. Cashed in by Lucy Parker.
Foul by Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Women).
Claudia Walker (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.
attempt failed. Bethany England (Chelsea Women) header from the center of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jelena Cankovic with a cross from a corner.
Corner, Chelsea Women. Cashed in by Mackenzie Arnold.
Lauren James (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lucy Parker (West Ham United Women).
Substitution West Ham United Women. Keira Flannery replaces Lisa Evans.
Foul by Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women).
Claudia Walker (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Johanna Rytting Kaneryd (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lisa Evans (West Ham United Women).
attempt blocked. Claudia Walker (West Ham United Women) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thea Kyvag.
Substitution West Ham United Women. Claudia Walker replaces Viviane Asseyi.
attempt failed. Bethany England (Chelsea Women) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jelena Cankovic.
attempt saved. Niamh Charles (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by Bethany England.
Penalty saved! Lauren James (Chelsea Women) misses this great opportunity, a right footed shot is saved to the bottom right corner.
Lucy Parker (West Ham United Women) is yellow carded for a bad foul.
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