Women’s Super League: Manchester City pass Leicester City


Manchester City have overtaken Leicester City and now have Champions League qualification in their hands after Manchester United dropped points.

City, who trail United in third place by a point but have one game less in the Women’s Super League, secured a 10th successive victory in all competitions.

Caroline Weir opened the scoring before Lauren Hemp doubled the lead.

Julie Blakstad added a third before the break and Alex Greenwood scored a fourth from the penalty spot.

City briefly took third place in the table on goal difference, but United clawed back the spot with a goalless draw at Aston Villa.

Leicester have lost their last six games, conceding 32 goals and scoring just two.

The battle for European places intensifies

City entered the game knowing the task at hand: to win by more than three goals to overtake United and take last place for Champions League qualification.

Leicester arrived in Manchester in dismal form, having conceded 21 goals in their last four league games.

The game started off as many had expected with the hosts dominating possession, but the Foxes opted for a low block as they tried to hold off waves of attacks from City.

For 16 minutes the plan worked, until Lucy Bronze released Chloe Kelly, who fed Weir to finish well for the opener.

Leicester showed no interest in pushing the ball high up the pitch as they remained resolute, despite falling behind, but Hemp was the beneficiary as the Foxes failed to clear their lines.

The 21-year-old clung to the loose ball to lift it over Demi Lambourne who was rushing for second.

Leicester’s resistance was broken and within minutes City were leading on three as Blakstad came on.

When Hemp was knocked down by Lambourne after the break, Alex Greenwood got up to roll the ball into the net with aplomb and the victory was sealed.

Leicester’s only attempt on target came from a Jemma Purfield free-kick just before the hour mark, but it was a comfortable save on an otherwise uneventful afternoon for Ellie Roebuck.

City put down the marker and the draw for United means Gareth Taylor’s side know three wins from their last three games will see them clinch the final European spot.

Alignments

Manchester City Women

Training 4-3-3

  • 26deer
  • 20Bronze
  • 33kennedy
  • 5Green woodReplaced bymassto 76′minutes
  • 41BlakstadReplaced byStokesto 64′minutes
  • 19threshold
  • 18WhiteReplaced byShawto 64′minutes
  • 24WalshReplaced byAngeldahlto 76′minutes
  • 7CombesReplaced byStanwayto 64′minutes
  • 9Kelly
  • 15Hemp

Substitutes

  • 3Stokes
  • tenStanway
  • 12Angeldahl
  • 13raso
  • 21Shaw
  • 30mass
  • 34Benamer
  • 35Keating

Leicester City Women

Training 4-4-2

  • 1lambourne
  • 14by Graaf
  • 15Howard
  • 22Plumptre
  • 23Purfield
  • 12Goodwin
  • 5McManusReplaced byBarkerto 65′minutes
  • 8Pike
  • 16Gregory
  • 27O’BrienReplaced byScofieldto 65′minutes
  • 7FlintReplaced byBailey Gayleto 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Brougham
  • tenDevlin
  • 17Bailey Gayle
  • 18Barker
  • 24Body
  • 44Scofield
  • 48Harris

Live Text

  1. Failed attempt. Alanna Kennedy (Manchester City Women)’s header from the center of the box is too high. Assisted by Chloe Kelly from a cross from a corner.

  2. Corner, Manchester City Women. Corner conceded by Ashleigh Plumptre.

  3. Attempt blocked. Chloe Kelly (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Georgia Stanway.

  4. Corner, Manchester City Women. Corner conceded by Demi Lambourne.

  5. Attempt saved. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Caroline Weir.

  6. Failed attempt. Filippa Angeldahl (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is just too high.

  7. Attempt blocked. Khadija Shaw (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Caroline Weir.

  8. Failed attempt. Caroline Weir (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Lucy Bronze.

  9. Failed attempt. Demi Stokes (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Georgia Stanway.

  10. Replacement, Manchester City Women. Ruby Mace replaces Alex Greenwood.

  11. Replacement, Manchester City Women. Filippa Angeldahl replaces Keira Walsh.

  12. Failed attempt. Caroline Weir (Manchester City Women) left footed shot to the left of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Lucy Bronze.

  13. Substitution, Leicester City Women. Paige Bailey-Gayle replaces Natasha Flint.

  14. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Foul by Sophie Barker (Leicester City Women).

  16. Failed attempt. Khadija Shaw (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from a difficult angle to the left is just a tad too high. Assisted by Lauren Hemp.

  17. Khadija Shaw (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Foul by Sophie Barker (Leicester City Women).

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