Manchester City WSL Season Review – October
The Blues had a rough month in October, with Arsenal in the England Cup and an away game against title rivals and current champions Chelsea. The Blue Girls started off with a visit from the Fit Gunners.
FA Cup – City 2-1 Arsenal
City reached the FA Cup final with a fantastic victory
on Arsenal and were only 90 minutes away from retaining the trophy.
It was a breathtaking performance from the blue
girls, who attacked the Gunners from the start, with Mewis, Stanway and Kelly all
go near. And when City got a free kick in the 19th minute, Steph
Houghton appeared to shoot the blues in the lead, bending the ball past the
Ellen White almost went 2-0 when she led
straight to the keeper, and the miss looked expensive in Jordan Nobbs equalized in
the 38th minute. His first good shot out of the zone went through
Roebuck in the City aims to attract the level of Arsenal.
Arsenal celebrations were short-lived as Sam Mewis
scored his first City goal three minutes later, but the Gunners felt
there had been a hand from White as the City forward crashed, but
reruns showed he hit her chest. The referee disagreed with the visitors and
awarded the goal to City.
Roebuck was called into action in the final
minutes, but City were keen to reserve their place at Wembley again.
City 4-1 Spurs
City wowed the newcomers to the WSL with a brace from Chloe Kelly and goals from Sam Mewis and Ellen White as City scored the rest of the WSL.
Kelly had previously threatened the Spurs’ goal with a run from the left, avoiding challenges from the visiting defense, but saw his nasty shot parried by the Spurs keeper. Ellen White hit the crossbar as the Blues dominated the first half, then Kelly scored a magnificent goal.
The England international received the ball on the left and aimed his shot past the keeper from the upper corner of the penalty area. Mewis then hit the outside of the post as Spurs struggled to contain the waves of attacks from City.
City were awarded a penalty within five minutes after half-time as Gemma Bonner was knocked down by Ria Percival. Kelly stepped in to score his third goal for City.
City advanced again and they took advantage of poor defense from the visitors as Mewis scored City’s third goal. Janine Beckie hit the post with a free kick and the ball was deflected for a corner, which was met by Ellen White to mark City’s fourth.
Spurs scored a consolation goal after Ellie Roebuck parried a scathing shot for a corner kick and the resulting set-piece found its way into the back of City’s net through the header of Anna Filbey.
FA Cup Final 3-1 Everton
City retained the Women’s FA Cup after a fierce game against the Toffees at Wembley. The Blues were looking to bring the trophy back to Manchester for the third time in four years, but City needed more time to finally take out Everton’s fiery side.
Same Mewis gave the lead to the blues in the 40e minute after she met Alex Greenwood’s precise cross. Caroline Weir hit the post as City looked to put the game to bed, but the Toffees had other ideas and tied in the 60e minute.
Roebuck made a stunning save from Egurrola’s header, but in the resulting corner, Valerie Gauvin leapt to the near post to equalize Everton. The French striker almost made it 2-1 at Everton with a retort in the 72sd minute but put his head slightly wide.
Weir hit the woodwork again, this time off the crossbar in injury time as the Blues looked to dodge an extra 30 minutes, but the game went into overtime, which City dominated and took a deserved lead in the 111.e minute. Substitute Jess Park’s driving run saw Everton’s defense retreat, and her ball deep to Stanway was perfect, and the latter’s shot hit the post before nestling in the back of the net.
And City took home the trophy when substitute Janine Beckie walked past the keeper to bring the trophy back to Manchester once again.
Chelsea 3-1 City
Gareth Taylor suffered his first defeat as City manager as his blues fell 3-1 to Champions Chelsea.
Ellen White was found to have handled the ball in the zone, but reruns showed he had hit Demi Stokes under the elbow. Nevertheless, the home side received a penalty, which Maren Mjelde turned into 36e minute.
Sam Kerr made up for the many misfires in the Community Shield game at Wembley with a goal in the 57e minute, while Chloe Kelly pulled out a goal for City from the penalty spot after Millie Bright handled Caroline Weir’s shot.
Any hope of a return was dashed as Fran Kirby scored Chelsea’s third 11 minutes to give City their first WSL loss of the season.
Reading 1 – 1 City
City lost more points after drawing Reading in the last game in October. The Blues have won their last three games at Reading, but hopes for a fourth straight win seemed on the ropes after just three minutes.
Amalie Eikeland scored after just three minutes on the clock to give the home side the lead, and it took until 56e minute for City to get their answer. Same Mewis scored his third goal in five games, but the Blues couldn’t find another way to get past the Royal’s defense and scored five points lost in two games.