WSL: West Ham loses to a dominant Chelsea offense

Dagny Brynjarsdottir of West Ham United takes on Ji So-Yun of Chelsea.
Dagny Brynjarsdottir of West Ham United takes on Ji So-Yun of Chelsea during the FAWSL match at Chigwell Construction Stadium on 10 March 2022. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

For the second matchup of the season, West Ham met Chelsea at Chigwell Construction Stadium in Stratford, London.

Both clubs were looking for the important three points in the WSL. The previous game played between the two saw Chelsea win 2-0. 

First half

Chelsea immediately put offensive pressure on the Irons. The first real chance came from Sam Kerr’s header, which was denied by her Australian teammate, Mackenzie Arnold. Beth England had a chance from the center of the box, but it was once again saved by Arnold.

In the 21st minute, Jonna Andersson fed Pernille Harder a ball into the middle. Harder then struck a left-footed shot around Arnold for the game’s first goal.

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In the 24th minute, the Blues scored again. Harder headed the ball down to Niamh Charles’s feet where she struck a phenomenal ball into the high center of the goal.

West Ham’s Tameka Yallop had a right-footed shot from outside the box two minutes later, but it was saved by Zecira Musovic. Chelsea scored their third goal in the 32nd minute from Harder’s well-struck shot for her second on the night.

The teams went into halftime with the Blues leading 3-0.

Second half

Coming into the second 45 minutes, the Irons finally found the back of the net. Kate Longhurst fed the ball into the box where Dagny Brynjarsdottir put the ball away.

After the fourth goal of the game, both teams settled in without seeing many shots from either side. West Ham later made two substitutions, bringing Adriana Leon on for Claudia Walker and Lisa Evans on for Zane Wyne to help jumpstart the offense.

In the 63rd minute, Chelsea found the back of the net for the final time of the night. Kerr’s right-footed shot was the Australian’s 20th goal of the season.

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The final 25 minutes of the game saw Arnold and Musovic producing saves, but nothing that struck the keepers with a real challenge. The game ended 4-1 with Chelsea on top.

West Ham faces Birmingham at home on Sunday, March 13, for their second matchup of the season. The match will stream live on The FA Player.

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