Kerr brace wins Women’s FA Cup for Chelsea

Sam Kerr has scored two goals at Wembley to help Chelsea win the Women’s FA Cup, repeating her success in the 2021 final when she also struck twice.

The Matildas captaincy grabbed a mistake by Australian team-mate Alanna Kennedy for the winner in Sunday’s final and sealed the win after another compatriot, Hayley Raso, scored for City to force extra time.

The match was watched by 49,094, a new record for a Women’s FA Cup final.

Kerr opened the scoring after 33 minutes and scored for the fourth consecutive domestic final.

City tied the score with England’s Lauren Hemp before half-time, but a stunning 62nd-minute goal from Scottish international Erin Cuthbert restored Chelsea’s lead.

With 15 minutes to go, City took Raso off the bench and scored a brilliant equalizer in the 88th minute.

Nine minutes into extra time, Kennedy tried to clear a play that allowed Kerr to race away from the center line.

Her shot, aided by a heavy deflection from Alex Greenwood, proved decisive.

It was cruel to Kennedy, who otherwise would have been excellent.

Kerr, who has also scored in the last two League Cup finals, now has eight goals in four English club finals.

The winner of the Golden Boot of the Women’s Super League was the target of a poacher.

England defender Millie Bright was on the right wing, sending a quirky cross that seemed to misjudge goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck.

Kerr, however, had read the flight perfectly and arrived a few inches from the goal line at the far post to head the ball in.

City were dragged back into the game eight minutes later by England’s rising star Hemp.

The winger got Bright to his feet before slashing in and curling a shot inside the far post.

Cuthbert recovered Chelsea’s lead, cracking it in a 20-yard shot that went off the crossbar.

Raso’s introduction revived City and they balanced themselves as she took a long pass from Greenwood to her chest, kept Chelsea skipper Magda Eriksson at bay and converted brilliantly.

But as so often, Kerr had the last word.

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