Match Report

Bunny hits a hat-trick as City reach FA Cup last four

Bunny hits a hat-trick as City reach FA Cup last four
Women's FA Cup
Women's FA Cup
Wed 29 Sep
6
0
Khadija Shaw 
(46’, 62’, 85’), 
Vicky Losada 
(53’), 
Alex Greenwood 
(71’), 
Filippa Angeldahl 
(87’)
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A Khadija 'Bunny' Shaw treble helped City reach a seventh successive Women's FA Cup semi-final with an emphatic 6-0 win over Leicester.

Gareth Taylor’s side, further depleted by the absence of cup tied Alanna Kennedy and Ruby Mace, mounted the perfect response to Sunday's WSL defeat to Arsenal to continue our defence of the famous old trophy.

The home side came back fighting with an excellent performance as Shaw got off the mark at the Academy Stadium with a second half hat-trick.

A thunderbolt from Vicky Losada and first City strikes from captain Alex Greenwood and new signing Filippa Angeldahl added further gloss to an already impressive scoreline.

Our reward for that victory over Leicester sees us face Chelsea at home in the last four.

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WHAT HAPPENED

City dominated possession throughout the game's opening exchanges, with Lauren Hemp testing Leicester stopper Demi Lambourne early on at the Academy Stadium.

However, Leicester weren't there to simply make up the numbers, with Jess Sigworth’s powerful 16th minute strike flying just over the crossbar, as the Foxes looked to upset the odds.

Gareth Taylor's side continued to knock on the Foxes' door throughout the first half, Hemp and fellow forward Jess Park both going close, but it was to no avail, with the two teams going in goalless at the break.

But our pressure finally told just one minute after the break, as striker Shaw tapped home from close-range after being played in by Hemp.

With the deadlock broken, City went in for the kill, and a second goal soon followed when Vicky Losada drove forward from midfield and rifled a stunning long-range drive into the top corner from the edge of the box.

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It was one of the Spaniard's final acts of the game, as she was replaced after taking a knock in the first half, but with that substitution came the welcome return of lifelong City fan Keira Walsh, making her first club appearance of the season after overcoming a calf injury.

Things got even better for City just six minutes after Losada's strike, with a second goal from Shaw ensuring a place in the semi-finals was within touching distance just after the hour.

The goals just kept on coming as captain Alex Greenwood stroked home from the penalty spot in the 70th minute to make it 4-0  after Hemp was brought down inside the area.

A very happy Bunny then secured her first City hat-trick with a superb third and final goal to make it five on the night, but there was still time for Angeldahl to get in on the act and complete the scoring in the 87th minute. 

A super six goals from City, as we reached yet another FA Cup semi-final in style. 

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HOW WE LINED UP

Gareth Taylor deployed a makeshift back five at the Academy Stadium, with Losada, Janine Beckie, Georgia Stanway and Jill Scott lining up alongside captain Greenwood.

Angeldahl started in midfield alongside Caroline Weir, while Park and Hemp provided width for Shaw up front.

CITY XI | Taieb, Beckie, Scott, Greenwood (C), Stanway, Losada, Angeldahl, Weir (Coombs 72'), Park, Hemp (White 72'), Shaw.

SUBS | Keating, Walsh.

LEICESTER XI | Lambourne, Howard, Tierney, Plumptre (C), Purfield, O'Brien, Smith, Pike, De Graaf, Flint, Sigsworth (Graham 84’)

SUBS | Harris, Bailey-Gayle, Cain, Camwell, Robinson, Powell 

Player of the Match: Khadija 'Bunny' Shaw

A first Manchester City hat-trick for the Jamaican international was the cherry on top of an imperious display from Gareth Taylor's side.

Consistently in the right place at the right time, Shaw lead the line impressively, backing up her three goals with excellent linkup play to help City on our way to victory.

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The clash marked City's 100th game at the Academy Stadium, including the 2016 Continental Cup Final.

What's next

City return to FA Women's Super League action with the visit of West Ham United on Sunday 3 October in a 14:00 kick-off.

Tickets for all City home games are now on sale.

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