Sam Kerr on league opener away to United

Just as she did during Chelsea’s Community Shield victory over the blue side of Manchester last weekend at Wembley, our January signing regularly got herself into great shooting positions in Leigh; and this time, she found the back of the net. Midway through the first half, Kerr opened our account for the new league campaign with a clinical finish from close range, setting up what she felt would have been a deserved win.

‘I think any striker after the game is going to look back at the chances they missed rather than the ones they scored,’ Kerr commented afterwards, ‘especially when it ends in a draw in a game that we created enough chances to win. We had a lot of chances, so I think we deserved to probably get more out of that, but we need to take our chances.’

Chelsea could – maybe should – have scored more goals in a highly productive early period, with Kerr and a recovered Fran Kirby combining excellently while Mary Earps, in between the posts, kept the home team in the game. The Red Devils, however, beginning only their second season in the top flight, dropped deep and dug deeper, and Leah Galton managed a tap-in to steal a point with 10 minutes remaining.

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