Manchester City brush away Sunderland
Manchester City claimed a 3-0 victory over Sunderland on a beautiful Wednesday night at the Academy stadium.
Manchester City started the game the brighter of the sides creating the first opportunity inside five minutes as Georgia Stanway drove from deep before firing her effort wide of the target when she should have tested Sunderland keeper Rachel Laws.
However, the Blues did take the lead on 13 minutes as Stanway fired into the net after some neat play from the home side as Kiera Walsh pulled the ball back for her before her shot went into the net via the post.
Sunderland responded well from going a goal down as they had the perfect chance to level as Kasia Lipka played a perfect pass into Kiera Ramshaw but before she could get a shot away on goal she was well tackled by Esme Morgan.
City then had a fantastic chance to double their advantage on 23 minutes as Jill Scott met a Nikita Parris cross perfectly but her header was tipped over by the fantastic reactions of Sunderland keeper Laws.
Sunderland were dealing with Manchester City’s pressure very well, but the Blues could have had a second on 28 minutes when Melissa Lawley was played in by Stanway but just as the former Birmingham City winger tried to get his shot away she was denied by a fantastic block by Rachel Pitman.
Sunderland thought they had equalised against the run of play on 34 minutes as Ellie Roebuck made an excellent save on 34 minutes as the young England keeper tipped away Dominique Bruinenberg’s free-kick the ball rebounding out only for Steph Houghton to slide the ball away from danger as Jane Ross was lurking to tap home the rebound.
Nick Cushing’s side who currently sit second in the table thought they had doubled their lead on the stroke of the halftime as Ross linked up well with Stanway before she dragged her effort wide of goal when it had looked to have beaten Laws all ends up in the visitor’s goal.
City started the second half as they ended the first on top as they had a perfect chance inside 47 minutes as Parris jinked her way down the right wing to cross for Scott, but her strike was well blocked by Hayley Sharp at the heart of the Sunderland defence.
Melanie Reay’s side had a superb chance to level the tie as Lipka played a fantastic ball to Zaneta Wyne but her shot sailed over the crossbar from close range in what turned out to be the best chance of the night for the Black Cats.
City weren’t at their usual best as their passing rhythm lacked any substance, but they neatly had their second on 77 minutes as Parris hit the post as she weaved her way into the box beating the Sunderland challenges far to easily.
As the visitors started to tire City took control and created yet another fantastic chance as Claire Emslie worked her way into the area but she fired her effort across the face of goal and wide of the target.
However, it was two on 87 minutes as Stanway scored her second of the night on 87 minutes as she worked her way into the box before seeing her shot take a deflection of Victoria Williams and into the net past the despairing dive of Laws.
The scoring was then complete several minutes later as substitute Nadia Nadim flicked into the net after connecting with a fine ball into the box leaving Laws with no chance of saving in the final action of the game.
Hi my names Josh Bunting I study Sports Journalism at UCFB Etihad Campus , Reporter at Sheffield Wednesday football club.