At the point when Sam Kerr dashed through on objective 90 seconds into her Chelsea debut and crushed it over the bar, few would have anticipated that that should turn into a typical sight.
However, eight months on, the Australia striker had a "Wembley bad dream", regardless of commending her second trophy in a half year.
Kerr's appearance in England was immense. She had broken records in the United States and her home country, made her worldwide presentation at only 15 and right now captained her nation at a World Cup.
Yet, the 26-year-old has thought that it was difficult to waste no time, scoring once in seven appearances.
Furthermore, regardless of Chelsea recording a 2-0 triumph over Manchester City in the Women's Community Shield, it would have been significantly more were it not for Kerr's "agonizingly awful" day before objective.
After Saturday's match at Wembley, Chelsea director Emma Hayes said Kerr had "caused issues and made possibilities" for her group.
"On the off chance that you have a striker who's not making possibilities, that is a worry," Hayes included. "Sam has been remarkable in pre-season and I expect that she'll be on the preparation pitch tomorrow, working at her wrapping up.
"I'm not baffled in anything with her game today."
'The sort of day when nothing goes as planned
The most astounding miss from Kerr came when England universal Fran Kirby slid the ball across objective for the striker to jab home from a couple of yards out right off the bat in the subsequent half.
Be that as it may, Kerr missed the objective, slanting her shot wide once more. Previous Chelsea midfielder Karen Carney revealed to BBC One it had "been a bad dream" for Kerr, while Dion Dublin, the ex-Aston Villa and Manchester United striker, said the Australian "hasn't made her shoot boots on".
Kerr scorned various possibilities - discharging wide when one-on-one with the manager, heading past the post when plain and cutting a few shots from inside the case.
"You can see Emma Hayes is baffled," Carney included. "Where Chelsea need to go, she needs to cover those odds. Once in a while it's the sort of day when nothing goes as planned and you simply think: 'Get me off the pitch now.'"
Kerr was in the end subbed in the 72nd moment, minutes after she grasped goalscorer Millie Bright in help, and was given a few gestures of congratulations by her colleagues as she strolled off the pitch.
"It was unquestionably an off day," previous England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis revealed to BBC Sport. "I don't anticipate one more day as agonizingly awful for her.
"It simply wasn't going on for her. She attempted to have a deft touch and it ricocheted off her; she had a header and it didn't fall off. It's one of those days where you simply feel like: 'Inconceivable. Would i be able to try and play football any more?'"
Nonetheless, Brown-Finnis is persuaded Kerr will put the exhibition "behind her" and show "enormous flexibility" before champions Chelsea's Women's Super League opener against Manchester United on 6 September.
"I have no uncertainty she is in the most competent hands [in director Hayes] and I have no uncertainty we will see the best form of Sam Kerr, which we haven't seen at this point since she joined Chelsea," included Brown-Finnis.
Positive finishes paperwork for returning Kirby
While Kerr battled before objective, it was an important day for Kirby, who came back to the Chelsea line-up to show up since November 2019.
Kirby, who conceded in April she had mulled over disclosing to England supervisor Phil Neville and Hayes that she was "done" with football, was determined to have pericarditis a year ago and has confronted an extreme come back to wellness.
So to see the 27-year-old forward creation infiltrating runs down the conservative, connecting up with Chelsea midfielder Ji So-yun and making various open doors for Kerr, was a gigantic positive at Wembley.
While recouping from disease, Kirby has needed to remain uninvolved while comrade Bethany England got last season's WSL player of the year grant following her 14 objectives in 15 games.
Kerr's appearance in November was another danger to Kirby's position, while Hayes has additionally fortified in assaulting positions this late spring, acquiring 21-year-old Niamh Charles from consigned Liverpool.
In any case, her presentation against City on Saturday was a demonstration of purpose from the England forward, who will want to assume a key job in Chelsea's title safeguard this season.
30/08/2020 01:37 pm