Metropolis’s wonderful begin to 2022 continued with an excellent 3-0 win at Aston Villa within the FA Ladies’s Tremendous League.
Georgia Stanway’s fifth and sixth objectives in 5 video games and Vicky Losada’s second in a matter of days claimed a significant win on the Banks’s Stadium to shut the hole on fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, as Gareth Taylor’s facet chase a prime three spot.
A dominant show in wintry situations in Walsall – with two pitch inspections required to make sure the sport might go forward – clinched Metropolis’s fifth successive victory and third in per week with 14 objectives scored with out reply!
There was extra constructive information, as teenager Khiara Keating adopted up her midweek debut along with her first league look, whereas Alex Greenwood clocked her 50th Metropolis sport, captain Steph Houghon – recent from signing a brand new contract – made her first league begin since September and Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw featured for the primary time in 2022.
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Metropolis got here flying out of the blocks and virtually opened the scoring inside two minutes, as Losada whipped in a depraved supply which simply evaded the flying Lauren Hemp on the backpost.
Taylor’s facet wouldn’t have to attend too lengthy for the opener although as Stanway continued her spectacular scoring streak, driving by means of the centre and drilling a low effort goalward which took a deflection off Meaghan Sargeant to wrong-foot Hannah Hampton and bounce into the again of the web.
It was the right begin.
Although the guests continued to dominate, probabilities in a stop-start opening 45 have been restricted – Metropolis struggling to interrupt down a cussed Villa defence.
Stanway noticed one other try deflected – this one whistled the flawed facet of the put up – after Losada had additionally dragged an effort huge.
The midfielder would web her second aim in two video games although, changing from shut vary on 40 minutes after Lucy Bronze had picked Ellen White out fantastically to cross, at hand Taylor’s facet a commanding half-time lead.
The second half proved just like the primary with probabilities sparse for either side. Park drilled off-target early on, whereas Stanway fired over simply earlier than the hour.
On the different finish, Keating was known as into motion for the primary time, getting down nicely to disclaim Anna Patten’s long-range strike.
The outcome was put past doubt with a little bit greater than quarter-hour left, as substitutes Filippa Angeldahl and Janine Beckie mixed – the Canadian crossing for Stanway to stab dwelling her second on the backpost, capping a high quality show.
How we lined-up…
Taylor made one change from the facet that defeated Leicester within the Continental Cup in midweek, as Demi Stokes changed Angeldahl.
Keating took her place in aim, shielded by a backline of Stokes, Greenwood, captain Houghton and Bronze.
Keira Walsh protected the again 4, employed behind Losada and Stanway, whereas Hemp and Jess Park occupied the wings and White led the road upfront.
Shaw returned to the matchday squad on the bench, whereas the sport got here too quickly for Caroline Weir and Karima Taieb.
CITY XI | Keating, Bronze, Houghton (C) (Mace 72′), Greenwood, Stokes, Walsh, Losada (Angeldahl 66′), Stanway, Park (Beckie 66′), Hemp (Scott 72′), White (Shaw 72′)
SUBS | Pilling, Coombs
VILLA XI | Hampton, Mayling (C), Sargeant (McLoughlin 24′), Asante, Lehmann, Arthur (Ewers 81′), Boye-Hlorkah (Hutton 64′), Brown, Hayles (Littlejohn 81′), Pacheco, Patten.
SUBS | Rogers.
Participant of the Match: Georgia Stanway
With six objectives in her final 5 video games, the ahead is on fireplace. Brimming with confidence, she had no hesitation in taking over the shot to open the scoring and was in the appropriate place on the proper time for her second.
Having deputised within the defensive function for thus lengthy, her selfless efforts are being rewarded, as she is taking her likelihood to shine on the sharp finish of the pitch.
What it means…
Metropolis shut the hole on fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur to a single level, although Spurs have a sport in hand, internet hosting West Ham on Sunday.
Manchester United’s 5-0 overcome Birmingham noticed the Crimson Devils leapfrog Spurs into third.
• With 61 objectives for the Membership, Georgia Stanway wants yet one more to equal Nikita Parris’ all-time goalscoring document.
• Alex Greenwood made her fiftieth look for the Membership in all competitions
• Metropolis have received 12 of our final 14 away video games within the WSL (D1 L1), together with every of our final 4.
• Taylor’s facet have received all 4 of our WSL matches towards Aston Villa, scoring 17 objectives in whole whereas maintaining a clear sheet in every match.
Metropolis play our first dwelling sport of 2022 with a Continental Cup quarter-final tie towards Bristol Metropolis on Wednesday 19 January. It is a 19:00 kick-off on the Academy Stadium and tickets for all dwelling video games are on sale.
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Tickets for Metropolis’s first dwelling league sport of 2022 – a crunch FA WSL conflict towards Arsenal – at the moment are on sale.
Do not miss your likelihood to cheer on Gareth Taylor’s facet on Sunday 23 January. Kick-off 18:45 on the Academy Stadium.
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