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Women's Match Report | Season 2017/18

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JILL JOY: Georgia Stanway congratulates Jill Scott on her strike

JILL JOY: Georgia Stanway congratulates Jill Scott on her strike

FA WSL Spring Series Academy Stadium Att:1152 Sunday, May 21, 2017 1:00:00 PM

City

5

Heatherson (OG), 9'

Scott 10'

Ross 38', 61'

Asllani 68'

5 - 1

Yeovil

1

Quinn 20'

Referee
Paul Graham

City:

  • Roebuck
  • Stokes Campbell 79’
  • Beattie
  • Houghton (c)
  • Bronze
  • Walsh
  • Scott Christiansen 62’
  • Stanway Lloyd 75’
  • Asllani
  • Duggan
  • Ross
Unused subs
Bardsley, McManus, Lawley, Parris.

Yeovil:

  • Walsh
  • Haigh
  • Curson (c)
  • Cousins Snook 59’
  • Wiltshire
  • Heatherson
  • James N Jones 59’
  • Lawrence
  • Quinn J Jones 73’
  • Bleazard
  • Short
Unused subs
Jackson, Burridge, Pusey, Williams.

Man City Women kept the pressure on FA WSL Spring Series leaders Liverpool with a thumping 5-1 win over Yeovil.

Jane Ross bagged a brace, while Jill Scott and Kosovare Asllani also found the net, ensuring Lucy Quinn’s first half strike proved a mere consolation for the visitors, who also netted an own-goal through Annie Heatherson and had a penalty saved by Ellie Roebuck.

With three wins and a draw from four games, Nick Cushing’s side are mounting a strong case to retain their league title with potentially crucial home clashes against Chelsea and Arsenal approaching this week.

What happened…

Buoyed by last weekend’s maiden FA Cup triumph, City started brightly.

Toni Duggan created the first chance of the game, weaving her way forward before firing over the bar.

The Blues would not have to wait long to break the deadlock though as Steph Houghton took a quick free-kick, releasing Lucy Bronze. The right-back delivering a teasing cross to the nearpost and Heatherson inadvertently slid the ball into her own net.

A minute later, the lead was doubled.

Scott, who sealed the Wembley win over Birmingham with a stunning strike, beat goalkeeper Megan Walsh to the ball and lofted it over the Yeovil shot-stopper.

Duggan then almost added a third but was denied by Walsh, who produced a smart stop.

Yeovil halved the deficit against the run of play as Quinn collected Jen Beattie’s loose pass, bore down on goal and curled past Roebuck.

Georgia Stanway almost restored the two-goal lead but Walsh pushed over before Ross did so on 38 minutes, converting the England starlet’s driven cross.

Walsh then did well to thwart Ross and Duggan with three fine saves in quick succession before Asllani drilled wide in the last major action of the half.

City continued to dominate after the break. Asllani was unlucky to see her cross-shot ricochet off the post, while Duggan smashed wide and Scott’s effort was saved.

Ross grabbed her second of the game to make it 4-1, converting Houghton’s header back across goal and – after Beattie had stung the palms of Walsh with a piledriver – Asllani sealed the victory, poking over the line from close range.

Ross almost completed her hat-trick but headed just wide and there was even time for Roebuck to hit the headlines as the teenager saved a Sarah Wiltshire penalty with five minutes remaining.

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There was further drama as Carli Lloyd was sent off for an elbow, marring an otherwise superb team display.

What it means...

City close the gap between themselves and league leaders Liverpool to three points once again.

The Blues are level on points with second-placed Chelsea, though the Londoners have a superior goal difference.

The reigning champions have two games in hand over Liverpool.

Team notes…

Continuing to share valuable minutes around the squad, Cushing made six changes to the side that defeated Birmingham at Wembley.

Youngster Roebuck started in goal, shielded by a backline of Demi Stokes, Beattie, Houghton and Bronze.

Keira Walsh protected the back four, behind Stanway and Scott, while Duggan and Asllani operated on the wings. Ross led the line upfront.

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