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.
This time City showed they really meant business as they set off at a blistering pace and they took the lead after just five minutes when Jane Ross latched on to a loose ball in the County box to find the top of the net with the outside of her boot.
Next up was Jill Scott whose looping header from Megan Campbell’s pin-point cross left the County defence flat-footed as the ball bounced in just inside the far post.
Then Ross again proved what a lethal striker she is when she finished off a fine move she started herself by cutting inside the County full back to side-foot a delightful shot high and wide of Megan Walsh.
Many fans will recall the wonder goal scored by Georgia Stanway from thirty five yards at Liverpool in the FA Cup back in March and she produced another stunning strike this time from just outside the box when County failed to clear their lines to send City into the break 4-0 up.
After half time Notts County caused a shock when they immediately pulled one back after Houghton, the hero of the first meeting between the two sides, was the villain this time when she up-ended Rachel Williams and Jess Clarke confidently despatched the resulting penalty kick.
City fans were delighted to see Izzy Christiansen back in the side after injury and she contributed to City’s quality finishing in the seventy fourth minute when she added City’s fifth and final goal with a dipping shot from the edge of the box.
City’s otherwise perfect afternoon was only marred by the sight of regular back four defender Abby McManus being stretchered off with an ankle injury.
Elsewhere in the WSL a 1-1 draw at Reading meant that Birmingham lost some ground to Arsenal who were 4-0 winners at Sunderland.