‘Oh Georgia Stanway, she scores when she wants!’ – and what a goal she scored for England in Tuesday night’s friendly against Norway!
Despite her tender age, Stanway has already made a name for herself as a scorer of stunning long-distance strikes, and she added another to her collection to open the scoring for the Lionesses, rocketing a glorious effort from range which was so powerful, it struck the bar twice – even she seemed pleasantly surprised!
Needless to say, the goal sparked delirium on social media and provides Stanway with a major boost ahead of Saturday’s mouth-watering maiden Super League Manchester Derby.
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City and England shot-stopper Karen Bardsley, who unfortunately misses the game through injury, and United boss Casey Stoney have shared their thoughts on the game…
On the international front
Matt Atherton: “England star Georgia Stanway scored an absolute screamer in the Lionesses’ international friendly against Norway to leave fans waxing lyrical.
“The Manchester City Women midfielder struck the ball from 25 yards out, easily beating Norway's goalkeeper, Ingrid Hjelmseth.
“The ball was hit with such venom that it struck the crossbar, bounced onto the goal-line, and then made it back to the crossbar, before rustling into the net.
“The goal sent England into a 1-0 lead at the Brann Stadion in Bergen, and Lionesses fans think it’s a sign of things to come from Stanway.”
Sky Sports: Neville impressed by Stanway in Norway
Phil Neville: “It was a fantastic goal. We’ve seen that from her over the past two years – she’s got the ability to shoot from distance with real power and accuracy.
“I thought she was amazing. The kid played very well the other day against Belgium.
“She’s someone who takes everything on board – what you have to say.
“She had a really good World Cup, although she didn’t get the minutes she wanted. She’s pushing for that number 10 spot and deserves a place in the team.”
Donegal Daily: Tyler Toland toasts first Irish goal
Tyler Toland: "The manager said at half-time: 'If you don't shoot, you don't score.'
"I had a shot and it went in. Katie scored a good penalty and the three points was what we wanted.
"I had another shot which I mis-hit but we got the result, which is all that mattered and we will focus on the next game now."
From the players
Sky Sports: Bardsley: Manchester Derby ‘a great opportunity’
Karen Bardsley: “It's a great opportunity and a privilege to have this opportunity and both clubs need to take that opportunity by the scruff of the neck really and show people in England and across the world how far the women's game has come but also how far it can go.
"It would be great to fill it but I want people to come away with an experience they love [where they think]: they play good football, very entertaining; it's an environment that's great to be a part of.
"There's a social aspect to it. We're inclusive - not trying to turn away - so I would be so, so proud if we could break an attendance record. It's going to be a tasty fixture and I am really looking forward to watching it."
View from the opposition
Casey Stoney: "There will be some nerves, it's natural. It's an opening game of the WSL; they want to perform, they want to do well, we want to do well as a club.
"But I see it as an opportunity to express themselves - go out onto the grass, and make mistakes because that is how you learn.
"Obviously they don't want to make mistakes on the biggest stage but we want to encourage them to go out there and have no fear and have a go.
“We won't be expected to win this game, we shouldn't be expected to win this game. We've just been promoted.
"Manchester City are a fantastic team, they have been winning trophies for the last four years.
"The pressure and expectation should be on the opposition on Saturday."
Manchester Evening News: Man City trio Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Ederson set the early Premier League benchmarks
“Ederson, who narrowly missed out on the Golden Glove to Alisson last season, is one ahead of the Liverpool man so far with two clean sheets - tied in first place with Everton's Jordan Pickford and Crystal Palace's Vicente Guaita.
“The Premier League give individual awards at the end of the season to the player that has scored the most goals, created the most goals, and kept the most clean sheets.”
“Is Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero now essential? When it comes to consistency, he’s definitely your man.
“The Argentinian genius leads the race for the Premier League Golden Boot once again with six goals in four games and has now scored with each of his last seven league shots on target for Manchester City. Ruthless.
“The striker has now recorded 101 goals in 134 games for City under Pep Guardiola and following the final result his Spanish boss quoted: ‘He (Agüero) will die scoring goals.’
“At 31-years-old, Agüero has now scored 99 Premier League goals at the Etihad - only Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford (101) and Thierry Henry at Highbury (114) have scored more at a single stadium in Premier League history. Some fine company for the City legend."
Luke Bolton: “I spoke to City and that’s where the manager sees me, so I was hoping that I’d get a run out at right back (with Luton), and I’m really enjoying it.
“I played there three times last pre-season with the first team, then Pep spoke to me and thought that’s where I was going to be best, so I just took that advice on board, that’s all I can do really, listen to him.
“He’s obviously a very smart man, I’d say the best coach in the world.
“He pulled me into his office, we’re speaking, he thanked me for pre-season and then said that’s where he thinks I’m going to be best.
“So straight away, I said, ‘no problem, that’s where I’ll play.”
City kick-off the 2019/20 Super League campaign with a mouth-watering Manchester Derby, hosting Manchester United on Saturday 7 September at 3pm at the Etihad Stadium in the first encounter between the sides since the league was formed. Tickets are available and kids go FREE – witness history!