Sam Kerr has made an instant impact in an eventful Women’s Super League debut for Chelsea, though it could have ended in disaster just 18 minutes into a 3-1 win.
- Sam Kerr was clattered by Reading’s goalkeeper in the 18th minute, earning the shot stopper a red card
- Kerr missed two chances but laid on a back-heel assist to mark her debut in England’s WSL
- Chelsea ran out 3-1 winners over Reading with Kerr subbed off on the 77th minute to warm applause
Kerr was wiped out by a shocking challenge from Reading goalkeeper Grace Moloney, who rushed out of her area before clattering the Matildas forward who was clean through on goal.
The Australian — the all-time top scorer in the W-League and the American NWSL — was sent spinning through the air and landed nastily on the turf in a challenge that forced the referee to show Moloney a straight red card.
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Kerr required treatment on her left shoulder but was eventually deemed fit enough to continue at Kingsmeadow.
Having already missed a gilt-edged chance in the opening 90 seconds. Kerr’s star quality shone through when she laid on a deft backheel to assist Beth England for Chelsea’s equaliser.
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Kerr missed another chance when through on goal, seeing her shot saved, but watched on as the deflection off the substitute keeper fell to Guro Reiten, who scored a stunning lob off the rebound to put Chelsea 2-1 up.
After Chelsea scored its third, Kerr was substituted off on the 77th minute to a round of applause.
Kerr joined Chelsea in November from Chicago Red Stars on a two-and-a-half-year deal and was only eligible to play in the second half of the WSL season.
Optus Sport tweets A back-heel assist on debut
Optus Sport tweets Solid debut from Sam Kerr
Optus Sport tweets An assist on debut from @SamKerr1 helps Chelsea to victory in England’s top flight