Man City cruise into Continental Cup semi-final with blistering 6-0 win

Manchester City teammates celebrate
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Khadija Shaw of Manchester City celebrates with team mates after scoring their sides third goal during the FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup match between Bristol City and Manchester City at Ashton Gate on January 25, 2023 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Manchester City stormed to victory over Bristol City on Wednesday to book their spot in the final four of the Continental Cup.

It was a blistering performance from the travelling Citizens, who put six past the Championship side.

Goals from Bunny Shaw and Mary Fowler, alongside a brace for both Hayley Raso and Lauren Hemp sealed an easy win on the road.

Starting XIs

Bristol

Clark; Cataldo (Wilde ’51), Layzell, Bruce, Powell, Syme (Slocombe ’68), C. Bull (Hutton ’63), Boddy, Ward (Teisar ’63), Harrison (c), Hayles (Wooley ’63)

Manchester City

Maciver; Casparij (Kennedy ’67), Houghton (c), Aleixandri, Greenwood (Blakstad ’60), Angeldahl, Hasegawa (Mace ’67), Fowler, Raso, Shaw (Castellanos ’60) , Hemp (Kelly ’60)

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How it went

From the opening whistle, it was the visitors who managed the stronger start.

Quick calculated attacks combined with organised play saw a City side performing far above the level seen in their Women’s Super League clash with Aston Villa just four days earlier.

Indeed, the scoreline quickly reflected the quality of Gareth Taylor’s side’s play. Within eight minutes Australian international Raso put the visitors a goal to the good.

Slotting the ball into the back of Olivia Clark’s net from the tightest of angles, the No.13 bagged her fourth goal of the season across all competitions.

Just four minutes later, the winger doubled her side’s lead. A long solo run saw Raso arrive in front of goal in acres of space.

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With the visitors sitting on a comfortable lead the match soon settled into a comfortable rhythm. While Bristol were forced to defend much of the time, the hosts did manage an occasional run on Sandy MacIver’s goal.

The 30th minute saw perhaps the most unsurprising name find her way onto the score sheet. Shaw netted her 13th goal in 15 appearances across all competitions.

City’s fourth goal came from Hemp. The No.11’s tight-angled shot from six yards out marked her fourth goal across all competitions this season.

Completing the dream first half for the Sky Blues, Fowler converted Hemp’s assist to secure her fourth League Cup goal in the 44th minute.

Second half

The opening minutes of the second half saw a far more compact and composed Bristol City. It wasn’t long however before the hosts’ defence was once again breached.

An unselfish assist from Shaw allowed Hemp to calmly bag her second of the evening. From there, Bristol’s defensive efforts only grew. Intense pressure and marking on City’s key attacking players left the Sky Blues searching for a route through their opponents.

The second half was undoubtedly slower in tempo. Tighter defending combined with the visitors slowing down the pace and frequency of their attacks meant chances were far less frequent than in the opening 45 minutes.

But ultimately, it was Man City who progressed to the next round of the Continental Cup with a convincing win.

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