Seventh heaven for City as Bunny pockets four

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Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw scored four superb goals as City returned to the top three of the FA Women’s Super League with a thrilling 7-2 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

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The Jamaican striker enjoyed a day to remember, netting a brace in 12 minutes and two quick goals either side of the hour mark, to inspire Gareth Taylor’s side to a crucial victory on a very busy afternoon. entertaining at Academy Stadium.

Caroline Weir was also on the scoresheet in a blistering start, giving the hosts a 3-0 lead after just 16 minutes, but the Seagulls produced a spirited fightback with a penalty from Inessa Kaagman and an effort from Julia Zigiotti before the break.

Shaw’s second-half brace, an Alex Greenwood header and a Lauren Hemp strike sealed the points in style, extending our sensational winning streak to 19 in our last 21 games in all competitions, elevating City to the above Manchester United in the table with just two games left. in the race for a place in the Champions League.

There was another cause for celebration on an entertaining afternoon at the Academy Stadium, as Lauren Hemp marked her 100and City game with a victory.

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What happened

City came out of the blocks with a goal in three minutes, as Shaw pocketed 15and goal of the season. Demi Stokes was the creator, launching into a labyrinthine run and slipping a perfect one-inch ball into Bunny’s path and the striker made no mistake, passing Megan Walsh and into the far corner.

The Jamaican striker nearly scored the double a minute later but was inches away from connecting Chloe Kelly’s bubbly delivery, while Georgia Stanway looked to continue their impressive goalscoring record against the Seagulls but fired straight on Walsh.

Shaw nearly turned provider, playing to Hemp who smashed wide, but caught second herself, collecting and scrambling Lucy Bronze’s cross at the near post.

It was quarter past three, courtesy of Weir’s 14and of the campaign, as the Scotland international hid the rebound after Walsh did well to deny Shaw a quick hat-trick with a header from Hemp’s delivery.

The visitors pulled one back from the penalty spot, after former City midfielder Lee Geum-min was bowled over by Keira Walsh, as Kaagman sent Ellie Roebuck the wrong way to end our impressive streak of six faultless matches.

Stanway nearly restored our three-goal advantage, but his first deflected effort ricocheted nicely for Walsh to claim, while Weir also smashed the bar and Kelly pricked the Seagulls keeper’s palms.

The visitors reduced the deficit as half-time approached. Once again, Lee was the creator, coming down the right flank and crossing for Zigiotti to pass Roebuck.

Inspired, Brighton pushed forward in the second half, chasing an equalizer and Roebuck was called into action to deny Kayleigh Green and Zigiotti – the latter with a superb fingertip save.

Heeding the warning, City stepped up and Shaw completed their hat-trick to give the home side some breathing room, hanging on to Walsh’s pass and firing home.

Four minutes later she netted her fourth goal, fending off Hemp’s cut in the near post after the England star burst onto the touchline for his 18th goal of the campaign.

Greenwood then made a six, nodding towards Weir’s corner, and Hemp added a superb expert curling seventh from a tight angle to mark his special day with a deserved goal.

With seven goals, three more points and just two games left, City turned on our firepower at the perfect time.

What this means

City move into third place, two points above fourth-placed Manchester United, with one game less and a superior goal difference.

Taylor’s side have two more games to play, facing Birmingham and Reading this week, while the Reds entertain West Ham on Sunday before traveling to Chelsea seven days later.

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HOW WE ALIGNED…

Gareth Taylor made three changes to the side that beat Leicester last time out, as Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw, Georgia Stanway and Demi Stokes replaced Ellen White, Laura Coombs and Julie Blakstad.

Ellie Roebuck took her place in goal, protected by a back line of Stokes, Alex Greenwood, Alanna Kennedy and Lucy Bronze, while Keira Walsh protected the back four in defensive midfield.

Caroline Weir and Stanway occupied midfield, flanked by Lauren Hemp and Chloe Kelly, with Shaw in the lead.

CITY XI | Roebuck, Bronze, Kennedy (Mace 73′) Greenwood (C), Stokes, Walsh, Stanway, Weir (Angeldahl 78′), Kelly (Raso 64′), Hemp (Blakstad 73′), Shaw (White 78′)

SUBSCRIPTIONS | Keating, Taieb, Combes

BRIGHTON XI | Walsh, Le Tissier, Kullberg, Williams (Kerkdijk 62′), Koivisto, Connolly (Simpkins 88′), Zigiotti, Lee (Symonds 88′), Kaagman, Carter, Green

SUBSCRIPTIONS | Boot, Gibbons, Bowman, Whelan, Bance

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Player of the Match: Bunny Shaw

With her hunger evident from the first whistle, Khadija Shaw had a point to prove and she laid claim to her claim emphatically, displaying excellent composure, strength and finishing ability to inspire City to a memorable win. A day she will never forget.

STATISTICS

• Khadija Shaw scored 18 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions in her debut season.

• Lauren Hemp made her 100th appearance. The youngster has made 81 league appearances – no player has played more WSL games before turning 22. She has 29 goals – the same number as Georgia Stanway (29) for a player aged 21 or younger in the WSL, while Hemp has the most assists. before turning 22.

● City have won six of our seven FA Women’s Super League games against Brighton, scoring 34 goals in those six wins.

● Gareth Taylor’s team became the first WSL team to score more than 6 goals in three consecutive matches against an opponent.

And after…

The City host Birmingham on Wednesday 4 May for a 7.00pm (UK time) kick-off before ending our Championship campaign with a trip to Reading on Sunday 8 May (12.00).

The 2021/22 season ends with a mouth-watering FA Cup final clash with Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 15 May (2.30pm). Tickets are on sale.

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