Report: Manchester City 6-0 Blues Women
Blues Women fell to a defeat against Manchester City on Wednesday night in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
After more than holding their own for the opening 60 minutes, but three goals in six minutes from Lauren Hemp and a Georgia Stanway brace put City in control.
Goals from Alanna Kennedy, Chloe Kelly and Laura Coombs rounded off the scoring and consigned Blues to FA Women’s Championship football next season.
Darren Carter made one change to the side that narrowly lost to Chelsea on Sunday. Libby Smith came into the front line in place of Lucy Quinn. Cecilie Sandvej returned to the matchday squad following a return from injury.
In the opening stages, Caroline Weir’s corner found the head of Lucy Bronze. Her goal bound header was cleared off the line by Christie Murray to keep the scores level.
Georgia Stanway then got in down the right but, under pressure from Louise Quinn, Bunny Shaw was unable to find a strong connection and Emily Ramsey saved comfortably.
Then, Bronze and Weir again combined with the latter heading the ball down the right-back, but her low drive skimmed off the far post.
Seconds before the half-time whistle, Gareth Taylor’s side were inches away from taking the lead. Lauren Hemp got in down the left and charged towards goal. Her shot came back off the post to keep the game goalless.
Half-time: Manchester City 0-0 Blues Women
Blues were defensively strong in the opening exchanges of the second 45, Quinn timed a challenge perfectly to keep out Shaw and Stanway drilled a shot wide.
It was the England midfielder who gave the hosts the lead. Receiving the ball from Keira Walsh, Stanway fired low and into the bottom corner from range.
Minutes later, substitute Chloe Kelly crossed to the back post where Hemp was waiting to cushion the ball under Ramsey to double the lead.
After the Blues keeper had initially denied Stanway her second, the midfielder was on hand to fire in the rebound. Aussie centre-back Alanna Kennedy then got up well to head in City’s fourth from a corner.
Hemp then turned provider for Kelly. Her pass across the face of goal found the winger, who hammered home to make it five.
City rounded off the scoring through Laura Coombs. A corner was only half cleared and the midfielder’s strike from the edge of the area found the bottom corner.
It was Man City’s opening goal that had undone all of Blues’ hard work, and the hosts did not look back from that point.
Blues remain on 8 points from their 21 Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches with one remaining.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ellie Roebuck, Lucy Bronze, Alanna Kennedy, Alex Greenwood (captain), Demi Stokes (Julie Blakstad 72), Georgia Stanway, Keira Walsh (Laura Coombs 72), Caroline Weir (Filippa Angeldahl 73), Hayley Raso (Chloe Kelly 46), Khadija Shaw (Ellen White 73), Lauren Hemp.
Substitutes not used: Karima Taieb, Khiara Keating, Ruby Mace.
Blues Women (3-5-2): Emily Ramsey, Abi Cowie, Louise Quinn (captain), Gemma Lawley (Lucy Quinn 60), Harriet Scott, Jamie Finn, Christie Murray, Lisa Robertson, Jade Pennock (Emily Whelan 79), Veatriki Sarri (Sarah Ewens 79), Libby Smith (Lucy Whipp 69).
Substitutes not used: Marie Hourihan, Cecilie Sandvej, Abbi Jenner, Louanne Worsey, Eleanor Ryan-Doyle.