Report as Melanie Leupolz scores twice to help Chelsea Women beat Tottenham 4-0 in the Women’s Super League; Abbie McManus’ own goal and Sam Kerr’s header completed the scoring for the home side
By PA Sport
Leaders Chelsea extended their unbeaten run in the Women’s Super League to 33 games with a comprehensive 4-0 win over London rivals Tottenham.
Melanie Leupolz scored twice as she added a second-half penalty to her first-half opener, while Abbie McManus scored an own goal and Sam Kerr headed home seven minutes from half-time.
Despite a strong start from Rehanne Skinner’s Spurs, it was Chelsea who broke the deadlock after 27 minutes as Germany international Leupolz picked out the bottom corner with Ji So-Yun’s assist from 30 yards.
Two minutes later, the Blues were celebrating again as Fran Kirby pounced on a loose pass from opposition goalkeeper Aurora Mikalsen.
Kirby’s low cross into the box found Pernille Harder, whose shot took a heavy deflection from defender McManus, resulting in an own goal for the Manchester United loanee on her Tottenham debu.
Kerr added her ninth league goal of the season after 38 minutes as she got her head onto Harder’s looping cross into the box to make it 3-0 at the break.
Chelsea were awarded a penalty just after the hour mark as defender Kerys Harrop committed handball in the box.
Leupolz stepped up to the spot and calmly slotted the ball past Mikalsen into the left-hand corner to complete the scoring for the reigning WSL champions.