Sam Kerr scores twice as Chelsea beat Manchester United to win Women’s Super League title

Sam Kerr has put the seal on a landmark week by scoring two dazzling goals to power Chelsea to a third consecutive Women’s Super League title.

It capped a fantastic week for the Matildas captain, who was crowned the English football writers’ women’s player of the year on Thursday.

With Chelsea 2-1 down against Manchester United and their title hopes in serious jeopardy, the Matildas’ striker blasted home a crucial volleyed equaliser at the start of the second half.

It helped launch a brilliant 4-2 comeback win and their 18th victory in 22 matches this season.

Chelsea finished top of the table, one point ahead of Arsenal and nine points above Manchester City.

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But Kerr’s opening goal was just the warm-up act before she provided an astonishing piece of skill in the 66th minute.

She took the ball on her chest and swivelled instantly to hit a remarkable looped volley for her 20th — and arguably her best — WSL goal of the season.

Her special strikes, which saw her crowned the player of the match, also ensured she landed the Golden Boot for the WSL’s top scorer for the second successive season.

Sam Kerr (centre) is mobbed by her Chelsea teammates as two goals ensure she tops the scoring charts for the second consecutive year.(Reuters: Matthew Childs)

Chelsea’s win meant heartbreak for three other Matildas, who had been hoping to lift the title with the Blues’ London rivals Arsenal on the final day of the season.

Steph Catley scored a fine second-half goal in second-placed Arsenal’s 2-0 win at West Ham, while Caitlin Foord also featured and Aussie international keeper Lydia Williams was on the bench.

Yet, agonisingly for Arsenal, their win still left them one point behind Chelsea, who lifted their fourth title in five years.

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