WSL: Man City go second after Bunny Shaw hat-trick secures dominant win

Khadija Shaw of Manchester City celebrates scoring a goal
Khadija Shaw of Manchester City celebrates after scoring in the Barclays Women's Super League match vs Liverpool. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

As Manchester City finally got their WSL campaign back underway, Gareth Taylor’s side welcomed Liverpool to the Joie Stadium. City jumped to second in the table thanks to a dominant 5-1 win on home soil.

Bunny Shaw continued her battle with Lauren James at the top of the Golden Boot race after a hat-trick performance. The Chelsea star also bagged a trio of goals in her side’s win over Manchester United.

Starting XIs

Manchester City

Keating; Aleixandri, Greenwood, Coombs, Kelly, Hemp, Ouahabi, Casparij, Roord, Shaw, Hasegawa

Liverpool

Micah; Koivisto, Clark, Fisk, Bonner, Hinds, Nagano, Hobinger, Kearns, Flint, Roman

How it went

Despite Gareth Taylor’s side enjoying the stronger opening spell, it was the visitors who opened the scoring. Taylor Hinds’ shot looped over Khiara Keating to give the Reds the lead inside a quarter of an hour. Barely three minutes later though, and the tie was back level following an unfortunate own goal from former City star Gemma Bonner.

A 33rd minute strike from Shaw saw the Jamaican international slot the ball beyond Tegan Micah to put the hosts ahead for the first time in the tie. As the six minutes of added time drew to a close, the No.21 doubled her tally for the afternoon, sending the Sky Blues into the break with a comfortable lead.

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A thrilling second half followed with Shaw snatching her hat-trick just over ten minutes into the second spell. Slotting the ball home from the centre of the box, the striker put the hosts firmly out of reach of their opponents.

A clumsy tackle on City winger Lauren Hemp saw the No.11 fall awkwardly on her neck inside the box. The challenge resulted in the hosts being awarded a spot kick. England star Chloe Kelly stepped up to take the penalty following a lengthy stoppage as Hemp received treatment on the pitch. Slotting the ball beyond Micah, the No.9 made it five to the hosts as they reclaimed second spot.

Up next

Manchester City will next take on local rivals United in the Continental Cup. Taylor’s side will then embark on a difficult run of games with three of their next four fixtures being held in London.

Liverpool will host London sides Arsenal and Tottenham in back-to-back league fixtures. Matt Beard’s side will then face London City Lionesses in the FA Cup.

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