Manchester City hung on against a brave Liverpool side to claim all three points and secure a seventh win in the WSL this season. A lone goal from Gemma Bonner was the difference on a day where City were very wasteful with the chances they created.
The game almost instantly settled into a pattern. Manchester City took control of the ball, and were knocking it around Liverpool with ease. Tessa Wullaert forced Preuss into a brilliant early save as City were in the hunt for goals straight away.
Ellen White also had a ball tipped round the post in superb fashion, before City took the lead. The usual provider, Caroline Weir, floated in a superb delivery from a free-kick that was easily flicked in from Gemma Bonner. That’s three goals in three games for the centre-back.
The second half was more of the same for City; dominant possession and a host of chances. Lauren Hemp turned a cross goal-bound, that forced yet another superb save from the Liverpool keeper. But just like in previous weeks, City didn’t punish with the chances they created and were wasteful in front of goal.
Janine Beckie was impressive yet again in her new RB role, and managed to find Georgia Stanway with a superb ball through to the striker, who still couldn’t double the lead. Liverpool started to grow into the game as the half went on and suddenly, it was the home side hanging on to the lead.
A Liverpool corner wasn’t dealt with and a diving header was somehow put past the post by Charles. City managed to survive a host of scrambles inside the area and held on for a precious three points.
Nick Cushing’s side are now sat in second with Chelsea’s game this morning postponed, however, Arsenal have leapfrogged the Blues with a relentless 11-1 win at home to Bristol City. Attentions now turn to the top of the table clash next weekend, when City travel to Chelsea.
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