Man City clinch three points from four-goal fiesta vs Everton

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Simone Magill of Everton (obscured) scores an own goal past Sandy MacIver of Everton to make it the first goal for Manchester City during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Manchester City Women and Everton Women at The Academy Stadium on March 23, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)

For the second time in just three days, Everton made the trip north to face Gareth Taylor’s Manchester City. The league tie follows a 4-0 victory for the hosts which saw them comfortably through to the FA cup semi-finals. The two sides’ previous 12 meetings in all competitions have seen the Toffees fail to secure a point with the Sky Blues putting 13 past Everton so far this season with the toffees only managing one in reply.

Starting XI Manchester City vs Everton

Manchester City – Roebuck; Stokes (Blakstad ’86), Greenwood, Stanway (Coombs ’78), Raso (Beckie ’73), Hemp, White (c) (Shaw ’72), Weir, Bronze, Walsh, Kennedy.

Everton – Maciver; Turner (c), Bjorn (Pattinson ’56), George (yellow card ’52), Magill, Emslie (Duggan ’76), Graham, Finnigan, Maier, Galli (Christiansen ’56), Bennison (Dali ’75).

Manchester City Manager Gareth Taylor named a squad with just two changes from the side who brushed Everton aside at the weekend. Filippa Angeldahl made way for Georgia Stanway whilst Hayley Raso replaced Jess Park. Everton on the other hand saw several changes following their defeat to the Sky Blues. Kenza Dali, Izzy Christiansen, Toni Duggan, and Poppy Pattinson made way for Simone Magill, Claire Emslie, Leonie Maier, and Hanna Bennison.

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How it went

Despite a more positive start for the toffees, it was undoubtedly the hosts who enjoyed the more positive start. The opening chances of the tie both went the way of the home side with Everton being progressively forced back into their own half as the half got underway. The first goal came just 24 minutes in for the Blues as Hayley Raso earned her side a corner. An unfortunate bounce saw Caroline Weir’s corner miss her teammates before flying into the net after coming off Simone Magill for an unfortunate own goal. The second goal came just eight minutes later as Lucy Bronze provided the assist for Ellen White to fire the ball home.

The second half started brightly for the hosts with the visitors struggling to find a way back into the tie. Once again Everton’s defence proved robust against almost consistent pressure. After a frustrating spell for the hosts finally came the third goal. A deep corner saw the visitors fail to clear their area as Alex Greenwood tapped in a Lauren Hemp cross. The fourth goal came just seconds later. Laura Coombs found the back of the net in the 85th minute as the hosts upped the pressure on their opponents. The tie finished with another impressive win for City. The win puts the Sky Blues level on points and just two goals behind Manchester United on goal difference.

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Post match thoughts

Chris Roberts

Speaking after the game Everton interim manager Chris Roberts was clearly proud of his players. Praising his side’s work rate, effort, and energy Roberts was clearly impressed with the performance. He did however note that at times his team did drop off, allowing their opponents to find the back of the net. When asked about Everton’s trip to Old Trafford on Sunday, Roberts seemed relaxed. Robers explained that he holds each game to the same standard. In doing so, Roberts dismissed the idea that his team could get swept up in the occasion. The Everton boss was keen to point out that a large crowd and atmosphere is only enjoyable when your team have secured the three points.

Gareth Taylor

Gareth Taylor spoke about his pride in his side after their second victory over Everton in 3 days. When asked whether he felt playing the same opponent twice in a row was helpful the City boss clearly had mixed feelings. Taylor explained that whilst preparing for the second tie was easier, it was difficult to predict how their opponents would start the game. With City closer than ever to the Champions League places, Taylor was keen to point out a few things. Most of all how vital the coming games would be as the team pushed to secure a vital top 3 finish.

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