Women's Team

Taylor: Weir goal her best Manchester Derby strike

Gareth Taylor believes Caroline Weir’s latest Derby goal outranks both of her previous strikes against Manchester United.

The midfielder made an instant impact from the bench with an audacious 25-yard chip over Mary Earps proving the difference in a hard-fought 1-0 FA Women’s Super League win.

It was a goal worthy of winning any football match, with a striking similarity to the incredible dinked finish she pulled off in last year’s home encounter with Manchester United, which was nominated for the 2021 Puskas award.

The Scot was also shortlisted for the 2020 gong courtesy of a 30-yard thunderbolt in the first Women’s Derby at the Etihad Stadium.

However, in the eyes of the City boss, the overall occasion and sell-out Academy Stadium crowd makes her latest wonder goal the pick of the bunch.

He said: “I think it was a different feeling today, (the previous Derby goal) was special in itself, but with having the supporters here today, a full house and a record crowd it just felt amazing.

“The celebration was great and arguably I think it was potentially a better execution than last year, which was some goal.

“She was under pressure from a couple of United players and to execute that type of finish under pressure is really difficult.”

Weir’s phenomenal strike was just rewards for City, who were dominant throughout proceedings at the Academy Stadium.

Indeed, Taylor believes his players put on a vintage City performance, and were full value for all three points against our rivals.

“I thought that was a City performance today, previously sometimes you don’t get what you deserve but I thought we deserved that today,” he reflected.

“We could’ve been ahead by a few more goals but just to get the win today is massive and it really keeps us in the hunt.

“If it was a draw or defeat, I’d have said it was still possible (to qualify for the Champions League) because we’re capable of going on a run, we did that lasts season.

“But I think it’s huge because it gets us back (in the mix), we still have work to do but we’re playing against the teams were in and around after the international break.”

To top off an already memorable afternoon for City, a record 5,317 fans were in attendance to watch our deserved Derby Day victory.

With this in mind, Taylor insisted the presence of the home support made the celebrations all the more memorable.

The City boss also feels that his players more than stepped up to the occasion, coping well with the cold and windy conditions at the Academy Stadium.


He declared: “Let’s have it straight with the weather conditions, anyone who was in the stadium today realises it was very difficult.

“But the brand of football we played was a great advert for football in general, not just the women’s game.

“I always pride myself on the way we play and sometimes we’ve not had those results going our way but it was great today and we deserved it.

“The celebration was great and to be able to do it with our supporters, we won (the Derby) last year and it was a great feeling but nothing like today, it’s so good to have our supporters back with us.”