Manchester City 2-1 Everton: Hosts go top of WSL with win- QHN

Manchester City celebrate after Khadija Shaw scores against Everton
Khadija Shaw has scored 15 goals in 14 Women’s Super League games for Manchester City this season

Manchester City moved top of the Women’s Super League and maintained their push for the title with a victory over Everton.

The opener couldn’t have come any easier for City as Khadija Shaw intercepted a mistimed Justine Vanhaevermaet back pass before firing into an open net.

City were in complete control throughout and knocked the ball around in slick passing moves as Everton were reduced to sitting back and trying to prevent the deficit being extended.

The Toffees were unable to do that, though, and Lauren Hemp doubled City’s lead after the break when she curled past Courtney Brosnan.

However, Hanna Bennison soon reduced City’s lead with a wonderful effort from distance, the ball cannoning off of the crossbar and into the net.

The hosts ensured that did not turn into a fightback, though, and quickly regained momentum to see out a dominant victory.

The win means Gareth Taylor’s side are three points ahead of Chelsea having played a game more, although their title rivals have a game in hand.

Chelsea travel to Leicester City on Sunday at 18:00 GMT.

Convincing performance strengthens title push

This was never going to be one of City’s more troublesome tests, but it was a convincing win regardless and another positive move as they look to pip Chelsea to the title.

Despite letting a goal slip, City were dominant and outclassed Everton in every area of the pitch.

The hosts finished with 70.8% possession, producing 22 shots to Everton’s five.

They enjoyed freedom inside the visitors’ third, switching the ball from left to right as they looked to open gaps for Shaw to exploit.

Jess Park, who spent last season on loan at the Toffees, provided a more direct threat, carving her way through the defence with neat dribbles and setting up chances for her teammates.

Everton spent much of the game having to sit deep in the face of City’s tireless pressure, and when they did go forward they were often thwarted by Yui Hasegawa at the base of City’s midfield, cleaning up stray balls to prevent them sustaining possession.

The visitors were lucky to not have goalkeeper Brosnan sent off in the first half, the referee failing to spot that she strayed outside of her box to stop a Shaw effort with her left hand.

While it was not always the most exciting display, City’s measured approach – sticking with their possession-based style and not rushing in the final third – proved to be the difference as they calmly got the better of Everton.

It could very well have descended towards a nervy end to the game after Bennison’s goal, but they held the ball impressively to stop Everton gaining any more ground.

With just seven games remaining in the division and City entering the weekend level on points with Chelsea, more wins like this will be crucial if they are to prevent Chelsea winning a fifth successive title.


Man City Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 35Keating
  • 18Casparij
  • 4Aleixandri
  • 5Greenwood
  • 15Ouahabi
  • 25Hasegawa
  • 7Coombs
  • 9KellySubstituted forFowlerat 79′minutes
  • 16Park
  • 11Hemp
  • 21Shaw


  • 3Stokes
  • 8Fowler
  • 12Angeldahl
  • 14Morgan
  • 17Pritchard
  • 19Blindkilde Brown
  • 22MacIver
  • 30Mace
  • 33Kennedy

Everton Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Brosnan
  • 22GalliSubstituted forBissellat 68′minutes
  • 8Vanhaevermaet
  • 17Hope
  • 27StenevikSubstituted forHobsonat 90+2′minutes
  • 7Wheeler
  • 10Bennison
  • 21Kühl
  • 19PayneSubstituted forDugganat 83′minutes
  • 25Snoeijs
  • 26MadsenSubstituted forPiemonteat 45′minutes


  • 9Duggan
  • 11Bissell
  • 13Hart
  • 15Dale
  • 18Piemonte
  • 39Hobson

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Manchester City Women 2, Everton Women 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Manchester City Women 2, Everton Women 1.

  3. Lauren Hemp (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Foul by Emma Bissell (Everton Women).

  5. Substitution, Everton Women. Isabella Hobson replaces Elise Stenevik.

  6. Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Courtney Brosnan.

  7. Attempt saved. Laura Coombs (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kerstin Casparij.

  8. Attempt missed. Mary Fowler (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Greenwood.

  9. Substitution, Everton Women. Toni Duggan replaces Heather Payne.

  10. Foul by Khadija Shaw (Manchester City Women).

  11. Lucy Hope (Everton Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Alex Greenwood (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Foul by Kathrine Kühl (Everton Women).

  14. Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Substitution, Manchester City Women. Mary Fowler replaces Chloe Kelly.

  16. Delay in match because of an injury Justine Vanhaevermaet (Everton Women).

  17. Attempt blocked. Chloe Kelly (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jessica Park with a cross.

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

  19. Foul by Hanna Bennison (Everton Women).

  20. Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Heather Payne.

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