Watch the highlights as Manchester City secured a 1-0 win over Birmingham City women in the FA Women's Super League...

Watch the highlights as Manchester City secured a 1-0 win over Birmingham City women in the FA Women's Super League...

Georgia Stanway's first half strike proved to be crucial as City moved joint top of the WSL table alongside Arsenal, just behind on goal difference.

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The two sides went into the last league game before Christmas with a lot to play for, so maybe the slightly cagey start should have been expected.

 

Both City and Birmingham showed some quality football in the middle of the park, fitting of their respected league positions, but neither managed to create too many clear cut chances early on.

 

In tight games like this one, a natural goalscorer is a necessity, and in Georgia Stanway, we have just that. The in form forward took advantage of a Hannah Hampton mistake, winning the ball before showing clever feet to round the goalkeeper and slot home in the 12th minute.

 

Stanway said last week that her target was ten goals before Christmas, this was her 11th - with a game and a half to spare!

See how the game unfolded in the video above...