Hemp double leads Manchester City to victory over Aston Villa

Lauren Hemp of Manchester City scores a goal
Lauren Hemp of Manchester City scores their team's second goal during the Barclays Women´s Super League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Manchester City Academy Stadium on December 09, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)

Off the back of their resounding seven-goal win over Tottenham, Manchester City welcomed Aston Villa to the Joie Stadium. Villa had endured a difficult start to their domestic campaign, winning just two of their opening nine matches.

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Starting XI’s

Manchester City

Keating; Aleixandri, Greenwood (c), Coombs, Kelly, Hemp, Ouahabi, Roord, Shaw, Hasegawa, Kennedy (Casparij ’46)

Aston Villa

Van Domselaar; Mayling, Patten, Staniforth, Corsie (c) (Parker ’75), Nobbs (Salmon ’75), Daly, Dali, Turner, Magill (Hanson ’46), Pacheco

How it went

An impressive strike seven minutes into the tie gave the visitors the early lead. Taking the ball down inside the area, Dan Turner’s effort looped over Khiara Keating to put Carla Ward’s side ahead after a strong opening spell. A goalline scramble at the half-hour mark almost gifted the hosts an equaliser as Villa failed to clear their lines. The visitors went in a goal ahead at the break despite being forced to defend for much of the half

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A quick counter-attack from the hosts saw Lauren Hemp restore the deadlock. The No.11 headed the ball beyond Daphne Van Domselaar in the 61st minute. The goal came after an impressive start to the second half from Gareth Taylor’s side as they looked to make amends for a disappointing opening 45 minutes. Just four minutes later, the No.11 bagged her second of the afternoon as she tapped the ball in at the back post.

The tie was a perfect illustration of City’s form throughout the opening half of the season. A lack of conviction in front of goal alongside questionable decision-making in defence has seen Taylor’s side struggle for results at several points in the campaign. Despite ultimately taking all three points from the tie, the performance was far from what would be expected from a team of City’s caliber.

Up next

Taylor’s side will head to Walton Hall Park for their final game of 2023 as they face Brian Sorensen’s Everton.

Aston Villa will welcome Durham in the League cup ahead of a home tie against Brighton in the league.

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