March 21, 2017 in Blogs, England FA Women's Cup, News
Man City Pass Reading Test
It took a fortuitous late goal from Player of the Match Lucy Bronze to finally break the deadlock – despite Reading’s dogged resistance – and send MANCHESTER CITY through to quarter finals of the FA Cup.
On a cold, wet, miserable afternoon when one or two players looked like they’d rather be somewhere else, Bronze brings a must-win mentality into every game and that’s what makes her an automatic choice on any team sheet.
It’s not that City didn’t have plenty of chances to put this tie to bed much earlier – but a combination of sloppy finishing and brilliant goalkeeping by Mary Earps kept the score even – and the City faithful on the edge of their seats – until the breakthrough came seven minutes from time when – with an uncharacteristic error of misjudgement – Earps allowed Bronze’s lobbed effort from the edge of the box to sneak in under the crossbar. Read the rest of this entry →
September 26, 2016 in Blogs, FAWSL, News
Blue Moon Rising
Champions-elect Manchester City won the Women’s Super League One title in style by completing the double over closest rivals Chelsea in front of a record-breaking crowd at the Academy Stadium.
There now only remains the formality of one last home game against Birmingham City before the Sky Blues are officially crowned FA WSL 1 champions for 2016.
Ahead of this tie, the expectation was that it would be a close affair between the league’s best two sides. But Chelsea – packed with internationals – seemed unsettled by a noisy, partisan crowd who created an atmosphere that was just as valuable as having an extra player on the pitch and the likes of Karen Carney, Ji So-Yun, Gemma Davison, Eniola Aluko et al – despite plenty of possession – rarely troubled City stopper Karen Bardsley who was well-protected by the meanest defence in WSL 1. Read the rest of this entry →
September 5, 2016 in Blogs, FAWSL, News
Man City Through To Conti Cup Final
Manchester City held on to a slender 1-0 lead to go through to the final of the Continental Cup despite intense pressure from Arsenal on an emotional afternoon at the Academy Stadium.
Jennifer Beatie scored the only goal of the game ten minutes from time in a match that both teams were desperate to win.
With the final being held at the Academy Stadium for the first time, the prospect of lifting a trophy in front of their home fans was all the motivation City needed going into this game. Read the rest of this entry →
August 31, 2016 in Blogs, FAWSL, News
Game, Set-Piece & Match
With just three games left to play – including matches against Arsenal and Chelsea – MANCHESTER CITY picked up three vital points with a 2-0 win over Reading on Sunday as the stop-start WSL1 season got underway yet again over the Bank Holiday weekend.
These enforced breaks can be particularly frustrating for a team like Man City who are known for their free-flowing, attacking style as it can disrupt the momentum and rhythm the side builds up through playing regularly each week.
And recent form suggests that Birmingham wouldn’t have capitulated so easily in the game against Chelsea if their match had been played before the break. Read the rest of this entry →
August 2, 2016 in Blogs, FAWSL, News
Stanway’s Treble Seals City Win
Georgia Stanway scored a magnificent hat-trick as Manchester City cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Sunderland at the Academy Stadium on Sunday.
After making her debut for City exactly a year ago in the Continental Cup the seventeen-year-old has largely been restricted to substitute appearances ever since – but she made her first start in the WSL this season at Notts County last week and had an immediate impact by scoring a fierce twenty yard strike into the roof of the net – and that performance earned her another start this week against Sunderland. Read the rest of this entry →
July 26, 2016 in Blogs, FAWSL, News
Man City Hold On To Top Spot
Sunday was a busy day in WSL1 and of the sixteen goals scored thirteen of them were shared by the top three teams when they all recorded emphatic victories as Chelsea briefly went top following their 4-0 win over league strugglers Doncaster Rovers Belles.
But normal service at the summit was quickly resumed when Manchester City hammered Notts County 5-1 in the afternoon’s late kick-off.
After disappointing back-to-back draws in their last two outings City knew that they needed to start games much better and there was to be no repeat of the close contest between the two clubs on the opening day of the season when City only won that game by the narrowest of margins after a late, late goal from skipper Houghton. Read the rest of this entry →
June 27, 2016 in Blogs, FAWSL, News
A Game Of Two Halves
Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool
Much-improved second half performance was enough to earn Manchester City a point
A much-improved second half performance was enough to earn Manchester City a point and possibly more in their first game back in the WSL since the mid-season break.
This was in complete contrast to the first forty five minutes, when City looked decidedly out-of-sorts in a lacklustre display against the only team to have taken points off them so far this season after the 0-0 draw in their first encounter. Read the rest of this entry →
May 26, 2016 in Blogs, News
Man City Drop First Points of the Season
Manchester City were back in action for the second time in a week on Wednesday. After their excellent win over rivals Chelsea last week, they now had the difficult task of repeating that result away to Liverpool.
Liverpool, still heartened, after their emphatic win at Sunderland, were determined to carry that success forward and were undaunted at the prospect of going against the league leaders. Read the rest of this entry →
May 21, 2016 in Blogs, FAWSL, News
In-form Man City beat Chelsea to extend winning streak to six games out of six
In the FA Women’s Super League, the eagerly awaited meeting between title-favourites Chelsea and Manchester City finally took place in London on Thursday night.
After the disappointment of losing the SSE FA Cup final on Saturday, it was vital that Chelsea got back into winning ways straight away – but they couldn’t have picked a tougher fixture than Man City. And so it proved to be, as the in-form Sky Blues took all three points to take their winning run to six games out of six. Read the rest of this entry →
May 3, 2016 in Blogs, FAWSL, News
Manchester City earn back-to-back wins over the weekend to edge past Chelsea in the FA WSL title race.
Manchester City edged past Chelsea in the race for the FA WSL title with back-to-back wins over the weekend and they are now six points clear of their nearest rivals at the top of the table.
But Chelsea can still make that up as they have played two games less, while Arsenal missed the chance to go level with Chelsea on nine points when they could only manage a draw at home to Birmingham City.
City completed a busy bank holiday schedule when they hosted bottom club Doncaster Rovers Belles on Monday. A rampant Manchester City side ran riot scoring five goals in the first forty five minutes to eventually thrash Rovers 6-0. Lucy Bronze opened the scoring for the Blues after seven minutes, racing into the Doncaster area to pick up a pass from Nikita Parris before shooting wide of Keeper Hobbs. This was followed by further goals from Scott, Ross, Beattie and Asllani, before Duggan added a sixth in the seventy fourth minute. Read the rest of this entry →