Five-star City as Lloyd sees red

manchester_city_2016 Manchester City Women  5-1 Yeovil Town Ladies 13 

Two goals by Scottish striker Jane Ross helped Manchester City Women on their way to victory and close the gap on leaders Liverpool at the top of the WSL FA Spring Series table, as they eased to a 5-1 win over Yeovil Town Ladies at the City Academy Stadium on Sunday Afternoon. 

City returned home triumphant having beaten Birmingham City Ladies last weekend down at Wembley in the Women’s FA CUP Final, so they were obviously still cock a hoop after completing a sweep of the major domestic honours in the English game. 

Nick Cushing the Manchester City coach made a couple of changes to the side for the visit of Yeovil to the CFA, with youngster Ellie Roebuck taking her place between the posts for the Blues in their Spring Series encounter.  

The home side dominated the game from start to finish and saw the West Country side struggling to contain their opponents in the game. City took the lead on 10 minutes courtesy of an own goal by Ann-Marie Heatherson, after the Yeovil defender put the ball in back of her own net from a Lucy Bronze cross to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Jill Scott quickly made it 2-0 after 12 minutes gone, after the England Midfielder flicked the ball over the Yeovil keeper and into the back of the net to see City Women almost putting the game to bed early doors.

Toni Duggan almost make it three on 17 minutes, when the Liverpudlian striker fired on goal and brought out a good stop out from the former Notts County keeper Megan Walsh, to keep it at 2-0.

Yeovil then stunned the home side with a goal back for the visitors on 20 minutes, after a poor defensive pass across the back-line by Jennifer Beattie saw the ball been intercepted by Yeovil’s Lucy Quinn, and she striker struck a sweet shot that beat Roebuck in the City goals to make it 2-1 and give the visitors a possible way back.

The away side then started to get a foot back in the door and play some good football, with Yeovil taking heart from their goal and caused some minor panic for the home side. In truth the away side never looked to really trouble City in the game, and that goal was pretty much their best effort and had City soon settling back into their groove fairly soon.

Jane Ross then made it 3-1 for City after 38 minutes gone in the match, as the Scottish striker put home from Georgia Stanway’s cross to re-establish their two-goal lead again in the game. Walsh in goals for the visitors, saw her well and truly earning her pay packet for the week with three quick saves from Ross and a couple from Duggan in the Sky Blue shirts to keep the hosts out for a fourth time.

Second half saw more of the same and had the Blues trying to hammer home their advantage even more, but were unable to do so in the first ten minutes of the half with Yeovil proving stubborn at the back.

Yeovil’s back line got broken for 4-1, after Jane Ross put home from a Steph Houghton header across the penalty box to put home for her second of the game and put the game to bed well and truly.

Manchester City’s Swedish International Kosse Asllani got her name on the scoresheet for the home side in the 68th minute of the contest, as the Swedish striker prodded home from close range to make it five and give their goal difference a bit of a health boost. 

Ross nearly completed a hat trick with a header moments later, but the effort just missed the target. Yeovil was then awarded a penalty six minutes from time, after City defender Lucy Bronze brought down an opposition player in the penalty box and that saw Sarah Wiltshire given the duty of taking the spot kick.

Wiltshire stepped up to take the penalty for the Yeovil, but it was a very poorly taken penalty in all honesty and was well saved by Ellie Roebuck in the City goals to keep them out. As the game was coming to close, it saw City’s American loanee in Carli Lloyd being shown a straight red card by the referee for elbow off the ball and sees the US star missing the next three games due to suspension.

The win for City Women sees them moving into third place and just four points behind Leaders Liverpool, with their next opponents being against Chelsea Ladies this upcoming Thursday night. 


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