Matildas captain Sam Kerr put on a one-woman show to send Chelsea to the English League Cup final, scoring four times as she prepares to head home to lead Australia in the Cup of Nations.
Kerr was unstoppable in a 7-0 demolition of hapless West Ham, scoring her sixth hat-trick for Chelsea, all in the first half, then adding a fourth for good measure.
It took her season haul to 20 goals for Chelsea across all competitions, the most of any player.
The result also sets up a Cup final clash against Arsenal and Matildas teammates Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley on March 5.
“The most important thing about tonight was making the final,” Kerr said.
“Eveyrone did their job and when we play like that, no-one can get near us. It’s scary how quickly we can move the ball. It all clicked and came together and it was one of those nights where it felt like every pass, every run was the right one.
“I do get that service every week it’s just about putting it away. The movement off the ball allowed me to have the space in the box. It was a good night for everyone.”
Kerr opened her account in just the third minute and netted her four in the 60th to complete her scoring feat.
It bodes well for the Matildas who will take on Spain, Jamaica and the Czech Republic in the Cup of Nations from next Thursday, with games in Gosford, Sydney and Newcastle.
The series is key preparation for the FIFA World Cup being held in Australia in June and July.