Chelsea made the perfect start at Leigh Sports Village when Kirby scored her 50th WSL goal to put the Blues ahead within the opening two minutes.
The high press from Hayes’s side led to Kerr’s first goal in our previous clash against Everton and the Australian once again intercepted a ball deep in the United half before laying the ball to Kirby who slotted it under the onrushing goalkeeper.
Harder produced a stand-out performance during our 4-0 victory against Everton and the only thing missing from a near-perfect display from the Denmark captain was a goal.
Just over 20 minutes after our opener, Harder had her first goal of the season and it was of the highest standard. The No.23 picked up the ball on the halfway line, shrugged off challenges from United defenders as she raced into the box before firing past Mary Earps.
Eriksson could have extended our lead when she was picked out in the box by Kerr, but the skipper couldn’t keep her effort under the crossbar.
Chelsea had another opportunity to make it three moments later as the Blues once again forced the United defence into a mistake but Harder could only direct her curling effort straight at goalkeeper Earps.
Kerr struck a low drive which went agonisingly wide of the post, but it wouldn’t be long before the Australian was on the scoresheet.
The high press from Chelsea had caused problems for United throughout the opening 45 minutes and the Blues punished our opponents once again.
This time it was Kirby who won the ball back and the No.14 squared it to Kerr who made no mistake with the finish and sent her side into the break with a 3-0 advantage.