A ruthless Khadija Shaw brace and a Lauren Hemp strike gave Manchester City a convincing 3-0 win over Tottenham as they resumed their return to the Women’s Super League campaign after a disappointing start.
Starting the season with consecutive defeats, manager Gareth Taylor’s side have recovered impressively to take the maximum spoils from their previous two encounters, against Leicester and Spurs.
Shaw, scoring his 13th goal in as many starts, made his first breakthrough in the 42nd minute, heading past Becky Spencer from Alex Greenwood’s precise cross, before firing an impressive second into the bottom corner of the box. Spencer grid two minutes after starting over.
The forward had a chance to complete his treble, but made a squandered error when he was blocked by midfielder Laura Coombs’ hazy run, eventually sending her shot out of the way. .
Hemp completed an all-out attacking display midway through the second half, pressing home a fierce shot from a tight angle to create the ball for an exceptionally complete away performance against rejuvenated Man City, the result being who rose to fifth on the chart.
City keep Spurs within reach
Man City, along with Chelsea, are one of only two teams to have a 100% win percentage in the league away from Tottenham – and their impressive record has never really been jeopardized in their recent encounter. especially, with Shaw and Hemp helping to soften them up. another fruitful visit to north London.
Spurs, playing just the second game at their new home of Brisbane Road, stifle City’s productivity in games with Shelina Zadorky and Molly Batrip doing their best to keep Shaw quiet, but there’s an air sure about the presence of this striker.
City’s firepower, which had been lacking in the opening two encounters, has been impressively restored in no small part to the Jamaican striker, who has scored five goals during the season and is now the league’s top scorer. .
Coombs was equally majestic in midfield, having given himself a few assists, but that would be the contribution of Hemp, who is likely to steal most of the headlines of the day. Her host is another reminder of the talent she possesses with the soccer ball at her feet.
The winger dashed inside Bartrip and was not taken aback by Zadorsky’s onslaught as she unleashed her free-kick through a low shot that went wide of the post after 76 minutes. poignant for England manager Sarina Wiegman on the same day The Lionesses got to know their team’s opponents for next summer’s World Cup.
The game, steeped in entertainment, was overshadowed a bit by the early injury of Brazilian striker Ellie, who was stretchered after an awkward collision with City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck.
Taylor: The ‘brave’ city begins to show its best side
Man City head coach, Gareth Taylor:
“I think we played well in both boxes. I don’t think we have too much to compete with and I think it’s because we did the right thing at the other end of the pitch in terms of our press. When they passed, our defense handled it so well I can’t remember Ellie having to make a save.
“It was a really outstanding performance from us and we should probably score a few more goals because I’m greedy and want more as usual. But I think coming here with a new team, I think goals come first.
“I just really liked the way we went about it. We were brave in our play. Bunny had a great season last season and I think people will overlook that for a bit. . She had a strong confrontation with Ellen White, but now she realizes that she is number 9 for this club and she has started the season well.”
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