Game recognises game! Sam Kerr heads a goal into the net beyond Matildas team-mate


  • Arnold had been charged with limiting damage by Kerr 
  • Kerr’s first goal since finally overcoming calf injury
  • Comes after the competed together for Matildas 

Sam Kerr is officially back in business, unfortunately at the expense of her Matildas teammate Mackenzie Arnold after the Aussie duo went head-to-head in their Women’s Super League showdown between Chelsea and West Ham.

Kerr scored her first goal of the season in her first full match back, hammering home a header past Arnold as Chelsea crruised to a 2-0 victory at their Kingsmeadow stronghold. 

Kerr missed most of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and played on one leg during the knockout stages after a calf injury.

The severity of that injury meant that Kerr missed the opening match of the Super League season and came on as a sub against Manchester City last week.

This time around, the 30-year-old showed she is returning to her lethal best with a pinpoint header that had Matildas teammate Arnold clutching at thin air.  

Kerr is returning to full fitness after missing most of the FIFA Women's World Cup and scored her first WSL goal of the season for Chelsea

Kerr is returning to full fitness after missing most of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and scored her first WSL goal of the season for Chelsea

It was a relief for Kerr, who has been frustrated by the injury since the end of last season. 

‘Lovely to be back at Kingsmeadow, back winning & back on the score sheet,’ Kerr posted on Instagram.

‘Lookin fit too,’ her partner Kristie Mewis replied with a winking emoji.

It was an all-too familiar feeling for Arnold, though, with Kerr putting 11 goals past West Ham in seven appearances – more goals than against any other club.

The return to fitness and form of Kerr was a relief for coach Emma Hayes.

Matildas teammate was between the sticks for West Ham, with Kerr heading the ball past Mackenzie Arnold

Matildas teammate was between the sticks for West Ham, with Kerr heading the ball past Mackenzie Arnold

Arnold did pull of a spectacular save in the match and was all smiles, happy to take photos with young fans

Arnold did pull of a spectacular save in the match and was all smiles, happy to take photos with young fans

Kerr won the Golden Boot title as the league’s leading scorer two years running and was Chelsea’s leading scorer last season.

Her teammate Fran Kirby is Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer and Hayes said it was nice to have both back on deck.

‘It’s lovely to have those two players and the telepathy we all know, but we need to give them a bit of time,’ said Hayes.

‘They have only had two training sessions together. We always expect something magical from them. It’s the start and we’re progressing in the right direction.’

While Kerr took the chocolates over her Matildas teammate on this occasion, Arnold did not walk away empty-handed.

The Australian custodian did manage to deny Lioness Lauren James when her strike cannoned into Arnold’s legs. 



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