Kerr heads to Wembley clash with Matildas

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Matildas skipper Sam Kerr has booked a Wembley return with Chelsea defeating holders Manchester City 3-0 in the Women's FA Cup semi-finals.

At Wembley she will face an Arsenal squad which has Australian team-mates Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Lydia Williams, though only Foord played as they defeated Brighton 3-0 in the other semi-final.

For the Gunners' Aussie trio it will be their first outing at Wembley, but Kerr had a game to forget when she made her debut there in August 2020.

She missed a string of chances in the FA Women's Community Shield final prompting questions about her ability to settle in England.

They have long been answered with the West Australian showing the same lethal finishing she demonstrated in Australian and American club football, and in the green-and-gold.

Nevertheless, while she has nothing to prove she will relish a Wembley return in a final put back from May due to the pandemic

Kerr failed to score in Sunday's semi-final but she did not need too as the Women's Super League champions brushed aside the injury-hit cup holders.

City have suffered a crippling injury list and had to field two midfielders in their back four and their third-choice goalkeeper. Exacerbating the crisis City were unable to play Australian international defender Alanna Kennedy, as she was ineligible having previously played for Tottenham in the competition.

However, they do have options in attack and Australia's Matilda Hayley Raso was left on the bench.

Chelsea dominated from the start and took firm command with two goals in five minutes midway through the first-half from Scotland's Erin Cuthbert, and Germany's Melanie Leupolz, both of which should have been saved by City 'keeper Karima Taieb.

Kerr made way for Beth England shortly before the hour and the England striker wrapped up victory with a goal that concluded City's biggest home defeat since 2014.

Arsenal were held to a goalless first half by Brighton but once Kim Little broke the deadlock in the 50th minute their progress seemed likely. Four minutes later it was all-but certain as Beth Mead struck. Leah Williamson added a third towards the end.

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