Report: Liverpool 1-3 City
- 03 June 2017 17:51
- Posted by @Roline_MCFC
Man City Women completed their FA WSL Spring Series adventure on a high with a 3-0 win at Liverpool.
First-half goals from Jill Scott and Mel Lawley, plus Meg Campbell’s first goal for the Club, claimed victory at the Select Security Stadium, as the Blues finished second in the table – level on points with Chelsea, who won the tournament on goal difference.
Caroline Weir netted an injury-time consolation for the hosts.
Nick Cushing’s side knew only a win would suffice to realistically keep their title hopes alive.
The opening ten minutes proved a cagey affair of few chances.
Marie Hourihan was forced into a low stop at her near post from Caroline Weir, while Georgia Stanway – whose injury-time strike claimed victory at Sunderland in midweek – tried her luck from range, only to be denied by Siobhan Chamberlain.
Toni Duggan’s turn-and-shot then flew wide before the visitors opened the scoring on the half-hour mark.
Duggan was the creator, driving a corner into the box which Jen Beattie headed goalward and Scott was well-placed on the line to divert the ball away from Chamberlain and in.
Lawley doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time with a moment of magic from the edge of the area, cutting inside before curling a glorious shot into the top corner.
The second half was a more stop-start encounter of very limited chances.
Campbell sealed the win with a wonderful free-kick, which caught Chamberlain out at her near post to cap a superb triumph against the only side to deny City victory in their 2016 league title-winning season.
Nikita Parris should have added a fourth but poked over, before Weir reduced the deficit in injury time with a long-range curling attempt which bounced in off the post.
What it means…
Chelsea’s superior goal difference hands Emma Hayes’ side the Spring Series crown, with City finishing second – level on points with the league leaders.
Cushing’s side clinched six wins from their eight games, drawing once and losing once.
Domestic football breaks now for this summer’s Euros in Holland.
Cushing made five changes from the side that clinched a last-gasp victory at Sunderland in midweek.
Hourihan took her place in goal, shielded by a back four of Demi Stokes, Steph Houghton, Beattie and Lucy Bronze.
Keira Walsh protected the backline, behind Scott and Carli Lloyd, who returned from suspension, while Lawley and Stanway operated on the wings. Duggan led the line upfront.