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Kerr hat-trick fires Chelsea to victory in League Cup final

London: Australian striker Sam Kerr scored a hat-trick as Chelsea thrashed Bristol City 6-0 to win the Continental Cup at Vicarage Road in London on Sunday, recording the biggest margin of victory in a Women’s League Cup final.

Kerr grabbed the opening two goals inside the opening 10 minutes of the final – both assisted by Fran Kirby – before the England forward’s brace put Chelsea 4-0 ahead at the break.

Chelsea’s Sam Kerr with the FA Women’s League Cup at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

Chelsea’s Sam Kerr with the FA Women’s League Cup at Vicarage Road on Sunday.Credit:AP

Kerr completed her treble in the 48th minute before Guro Reiten – again set up by Kirby – rounded off the rout for the Women’s Super League leaders.

“We were unbelievable for 60 minutes, the pace, intensity and movement,” Chelsea manager Emma Hayes told BT Sport. “It was a great team performance across the board. Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr were unbelievable.”

The Blues, however, suffered a setback when Norway defender Maren Mjelde picked up a serious knee injury in the second half.

It was a familiar celebration for Sam Kerr’s after scoring for Chelsea against Bristol.

It was a familiar celebration for Sam Kerr’s after scoring for Chelsea against Bristol.Credit:PA

“Maren is a huge person in our dressing room, she is the person everybody looks up to. I hope she is OK. I know it’s a bad one. I am devastated,” Hayes said.

The win gave Hayes her eighth major trophy as manager.

Reuters, AP

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