Conti Cup: Man City snag win over Liverpool after seven goal thriller

Filippa Angeldahl of Manchester City celebrates after scoring in the Continental Cup match vs Liverpool
Filippa Angeldahl of Manchester City celebrates after scoring in the Continental Cup match vs Liverpool (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Manchester City came away with a hard-fought win over Liverpool on Wednesday after a thrilling seven-goal display. The Citizens met their Women’s Super League rivals in the Continental Cup and delivered quite the performance with a 4-3 win.

After a disappointing defeat to Arsenal in the WSL, City faced another away day to Liverpool. The Reds were dealt their third loss of the season so far, having collected ten points from their opening run of games. Here’s how the action at Prenton Park unfolded.

Starting XIs

Liverpool

Laws; Fisk, Matthews, Enderby, Holland (c), Van De Sanden, Daniels, Bonner, Flint, Parry, Taylor

Manchester City

Maciver; Houghton (c), Coombs, Castellanos, Hemp, Angeldahl, Morgan, Park, Casparij, Mace, Blakstad

How it went

After a quiet opening spell, Filippa Angeldahl got the goalscoring action underway in the 33rd minute. The Swedish international slotted the ball beyond Rachel Laws to give Gareth Taylor’s side the lead. However, just 12 minutes later, former Man City defender Gemma Bonner found the equaliser. Firing the ball home from the centre of the area, the No.23’s goal was enough to send the two sides in level at the break.

As the second half got underway, Natasha Flint capitalised on an error from Man City goalkeeper Sandy MacIver to put her side in front. Seconds later, Chloe Kelly’s initially saved shot gifted Jess Park an easy tap-in as the youngster restored the deadlock.

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A wonder strike from Kelly in the 70th minute put the Sky Blues ahead and just 11 minutes later, the England international doubled her tally for the evening. A late injury-time goal from Mia Enderby pulled the visitors’ lead back to a single goal as the 18-year-old bagged her first goal for the club.

Who is up next?

Liverpool will face back-to-back away days as the WSL gets back underway. Matt Beard’s side will play Tottenham Hotspur ahead of a difficult meeting with Emma Hayes’ Chelsea. The Reds will then host three home ties ahead of December’s Merseyside derby.

Man City will host Brighton before a blockbuster clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford. Taylor’s side will then embark on a run of three home ties before their final game of the year away to Everton in the league.

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