City keep their cool with 2-1 win over Arsenal

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Copyright: John Walton

An in-form Manchester City dealt Arsenal a 2-1 defeat at Borehamwood on Sunday.

The home side went into today’s fixture on the back of two postponed matches. A win for the Sky Blues would bring them closer to the league leaders. A win for Arsenal would bring them closer to the top three.

Both teams had significant injury concerns with Arsenal unable to name a full bench.

How the teams lined up

Arsenal

Zinsberger; Evans, Williamson (c), Wubben-Moy, McCabe, Walti, Roord, Van De Donk, Foord, Miedema

Manchester City

Roebuck; Greenwood, Dahlkemper, Houghton (c), Bronze, Walsh, Weir, Stanway, Hemp, Kelly, White

City started the match brightly but Arsenal were keen to prove they were going to push the visitors from the off.

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Ellen White missed the net in the 10th minute with Jill Roord having a shot blocked just three minutes later. White scored for the Cityzens in the 24th minute with her shot ricocheting off the crossbar and into the back of the net.

The first half played out with Gareth Taylor’s side boasting a narrow lead over the Gunners. But the 2018/19 Women’s Super League champions managed to claw a goal back through a Caitlin Foord strike after the break.

The second half began had plenty of fouls and free-kicks before an incident in the box left Lucy Bronze with a yellow.

The game continued in much the same way, with both sides having dominant spells but with neither team able to take the lead.

Lauren Hemp celebrates with Georgia Stanway | Copyright: John Walton

Sunday’s result looked to be heading for a 1-1 draw with neither side seeming able to score. Finally, Chloe Kelly’s cross in the 79th minute was converted by Lauren Hemp to secure the win for the visitors.

Player of the match

Chloe Kelly was once again outstanding – setting up both goals and providing plenty of attacking power. The No.9 has consistently shone for Manchester City and her increasing number of goals and assists are testament to her impact on the team.

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