Man City’s Khadija Shaw strengthens Golden Boot run with WSL hat-trick

Bunny Shaw celebrates scoring a goal for Manchester City
Khadija Shaw of Manchester City celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the FA Women's Super League match against Liverpool (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Manchester City moved to second in the Women’s Super League table after a 3-1 win over Spurs, with all home goals coming from Khadija Shaw.

The two sides met in October for the reverse fixture and the Sky Blues came away with a comfortable three goal victory. Today’s hosts however could be criticised for lacking clinical edge in front of goal.

In their last league game against Arsenal, City had 17 shots while only finding the back of the net twice.

Starting XIs

Manchester City 

Roebuck; Aleixandri, Greenwood, Houghton (c) (Morgan ’84), Coombs (Castellanos ’84), Kelly, Hemp (Blakstad ’84), Angeldahl, Ouahabi (Stokes ‘ 89), Shaw (Fowler ’89), Hasegawa


Korpela; Turner, Bartrip, Harrop, Karczewska (Gunning-Williams ’90), Ildhusoy, James, Iwabuchi, Ayane (Graham ’64), Spence (Cho ’84), Neville (c)

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Man City vs Spurs – How it went

Despite Man City enjoying the stronger first half it would be Spurs who would break the deadlock.

Celin Bizet Ildhusoy’s 32nd minute goal gave her team the all-important lead, with the assist coming from Rosella Ayane.

However, in the dying moments of the second half, the WSL’s top scorer Bunny Shaw found a pivotal close range header to bring the scoreline back level at the break.  

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The No.21 had clearly found her goal scoring rhythm as she fired home a 47th minute penalty after Chloe Kelly was brought down inside the box. 

From there, asserted more and more dominance over their opponents. After several good chances for both sides, the tie was far more stretched.

Ultimately the hosts found the next goal a Shaw’s cross was headed into the bottom corner before Ashleigh Neville made contact with the ball. Despite the final touch coming from the Spurs captain, the goal was still credited to the Jamaican international.

Up next

Manchester City will travel to Brighton in the league before facing Aston Villa away in the FA Cup.

Tottenham will make the trip to face Liverpool next Sunday before hosting Leicester just three days later.

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