Chelsea’s Sam Kerr enjoys ‘great honour’ after overtaking Tim Cahill to become Australia’s all-time record scorer as they THRASH Indonesia 18-0 in the Asian Women’s Cup
- Australia started their quest for Asian Cup glory with an 18-0 win over Indonesia
- Chelsea striker Sam Kerr scored five times and missed a penalty in the second half
- Kerr, 28, now has 54 goals for her country meaning she has overtaken Tim Cahill
- Former West Ham midfielder Emily van Egmond scored four goals in the thumping victory
Australia defeated Indonesia 18-0 in their opening match of the Women’s Asia Cup as Chelsea’s Sam Kerr became the country’s all-time top scorer.
Kerr scored five of Australia’s 18 goals, bringing her international total to 54 and surpassing Tim Cahill’s record of 50.
The attacker scored three goals in the first 27 minutes, but missed the chance to claim a double hat-trick when her penalty hit the crossbar in the second half.
Sam Kerr scored five goals for Australia in an 18-0 win over Indonesia in the Women’s Asia Cup
Indonesia is ranked 94th in the world, 83 places below the Matildas, and is making its first Asian Cup appearance in 33 years.
Kerr said after breaking her country’s goalscoring record: “Timmy is a legend in Australia, so to even be in the same conversation with him, it’s a great honour.
“I said after the game that there is no team I would rather do it with. It’s an honor to wear the jersey for the Matildas.’
Emily van Egmond scored four, while Hayley Raso, Ellie Carpenter and Kyah Simon all got braces. Arsenal forward Caitlin Foord was also on the scoresheet, along with Mary Fowler and Aivi Liège.
Kerr missed the chance to score a double hat-trick when her penalty hit the crossbar in the second half
Former Everton and Millwall ace Tim Cahill was Australia’s previous record scorer with 50
Australian boss Tony Gustavsson insisted he had no regrets about naming his strongest team or signing experienced substitutes.
“I’ve been in a similar situation before as a coach going to a tournament when you have a low-ranking team in the opening game and how important it is to treat that team with respect, but also show respect for our values and our standards” , said Gustaafsson.
“There are several reasons, but the main reason is that we need that cohesion between the players and get off to a good start to send some messages to ourselves and the others on how we are handling this tournament.”
Australia will face the Philippines and Thailand in their next two group matches.