Kerr bags two goals as Chelsea beat City in FA Cup thriller

Sam Kerr has played the decisive role for Chelsea as the English champions added the FA Cup trophy to their .

The Australian star found the back of the net with an early first-half header against Manchester City before sealing a 3-2 win with an extra-time solo effort.

After a lack of clear-cut chances, City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck mistimed her jump to try and gather Millie Bright’s long looping ball and Kerr headed in at the far post for Chelsea’s opener in the 33rd minute.

Chelsea conceded their first equaliser in the 42nd when Lauren Hemp got away from Millie Bright and sent her the wrong way before taking a touch and curling into the net.

Chelsea regained the lead after a poor goal-kick from Roebuck went straight to Erin Cuthbert. An exchange of passes led to the ball being fed back to her just outside the area and she struck into the net for a 63rd-minute screamer.

Emma Hayes was doubtless pondering her 11th trophy as Chelsea manager when Australian Hayley Raso beat the offside trap and launched onto a well-struck cross from Alex Greenwood to equalise in the 89th.

City pressed for a winner but were undone nine minutes into the first period when Kerr picked up the ball in her own half and ran at goal.

Kerr capitalised on a City mistake, driving forward and firing a shot that took a massive deflection off Greenwood and into the back of the net.

Chelsea then kept City at bay to win a second successive FA Cup in front of 49,094 fans – a record attendance for the women’s final, beating the previous mark of 45,423 set in 2018.

The double, Kerr told the BCC in a post-match interview.

It’s an amazing feeling to be part of this club. It’s the best club in the world and I’m just so proud.

Cuthbert said it was an incredible honour to score in the FA Cup final.

I thought it was going to be a winning goal and it wasn’t – Sam’s was just as important, it took a deflection [but] and it doesn’t matter what the goal looks like as long as it goes in, she said.

If they go in like that at Wembley, I’m happy.

So many times this year we have been faced with adversity, COVID, injuries . . . we’ve had to use the squad. We used the squad today and I’m proud to end it on such a high.

Reuters, AP

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