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Manchester City vs Aston Villa Women at Academy Stadium

Academy Stadium Referee : Abigail Byrne
20th November 2021 11:30 AM (GMT)
  • 5 Manchester City

    • ‘48' Caroline Weir
    • ‘51' Georgia Stanway
    • ‘77' Hayley Raso
    • ‘78' Lauren Hemp
    • ‘81' Hayley Raso
  • 0 Aston Villa Women


Commentary By Neil Leigh


All together now...

Right, I'm signing off for today - and hopefully you'll all enjoy the rest of your Saturday as much as I will!

Five goals, a clean sheet and three valuable points. Can't argue with any of that!

Many thanks as always for your company.

We go into the international break on a real high after that win and we will return to FA WSL action away at Birmingham on Sunday, December 12th.

See you then!


More from the boss...

Gareth Taylor  ๐Ÿ’ฌ 

"I believe in  myself and I believe in the girls.

"We have had our struggles and we are not out of the woods yet in terms of injuries.

"We just need to make sure we stick together and stick to the process."


More from the boss...

Gareth Taylor  ๐Ÿ’ฌ 

"We have a way of working here and itโ€™s the same as last season when we won a record amount of WSL games and the FA Cup.

"That method works - we know it works."


The manager's verdict...

Gareth Taylor  ๐Ÿ’ฌ 

"Villa made it difficult for us and Iโ€™m really pleased with the bravery we showed today.

"We did it our way and we believed in what we we do. I was really proud of the players they way they showed bravery in sticking to the process."


Lauren Hemp on Raso impact ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"She definitely made an impact. She put the ball on plate for me for my goal.

"It shows the depth of the squad - players coming on who can change the game like that,

"It was an important result for us. Hopefully can take that form and continue as we have done today.

"It will do a lot for our confidence. We have come off the back of a few defeats. 

"It's important to take the positives from today's game and take that on throughout the rest of the season."


Hayley Raso ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"It's nice for us to come out and get the win. 

"We've come off the back of tough results but the fans keep turning out for us so we're glad we got the win for them.

"It was definitely about keeping the tempo going. We went in at half-time 0-0, which showed what Gareth Taylor said worked. 

"We came out and banged in a few goals."


Full time

All over here and fine afternoon's work from City.

So many individual highlights and to perfect way to sign off ahead of the November international break.

Get in!



Well this has just been the perfect way to sign off ahead of the international break.

City have been excellent this half - and hopefully this display will do wonders for our confidence and help us really build momentum when we return.


Goalden glow

The Aussie doubles her tally and makes it five for City.

A spell of pin ball in the Villa box saw the ball hit the bar and then fall to Raso who made no mistake from four yards out.

What a second half!


Four tops

Raso was the provider this time, powering down the right flank before despatching low cross.

It evaded Shaw but found the onrushing Hemp at the back stick who applied the finishing touch.

Get in!!


First footing

It's the Aussie's first goal for City and she finished with aplomb, curling a fine effort from 18 yards past the Villa defence after keeper Hampton had opted to try and clear her lines.

Great way to get off the mark and with 12 minutes left you would hope that would be a clincher



Persistence almost pays off for Khadija Shaw after she powered past the Villa left back Megan Sargeant before drilling in a low angled show which Hampton beat away for a corner.



Villa mount a lightning break out of nowhere and sub Emily Gielnik is a fraction away from meeting a Petzelberger through ball.

A reminder there is still work to do here


Twin City changes

Jess Park off and Hayley Raso on with Ellen White also making way for Khadija Shaw.

A welcome return to action for our Jamaican international.


No slacking now...

To their credit Villa still looking to harry and attack when they get the chance.

City will need to be on our mettle at the back and retain concentration.


Perfect timing

Smart work at the other end from Alex Greenwood as she times a tackle to perfection to deny Alisha Lehmann as Villa looked to break on the counter.


Let's kick on!

Those two goals were no less than our efforts merited to be fair.

And hopefully that twin boost will give us the confidence to kick on and look to further our advantage.


Like waiting for a bus

City had almost doubled our lead from Fillip Angeldhal but from the resulting corner we did double our tally.

The ball bobbled around the box and Stanway had the presence to hook a shot from close range into the top corner of the net for her first goal of the season

That's more like it City


That was class!!

Sheer brilliance from our Scottish international.

Hemp was the provider, tearing down the left wing before finding Caz in the box with a delicious inside pass.

There was still plenty to do though and Weir superbly cut inside before unleashing a stunning curling shot to open the scoring.

Just magnificent!!


Bench press?

The City substitutes are currently going through their paces on the pitch during the half time break.

Plenty of options for Gareth Taylor should he wish to make any switches.


Busy, busy...

It's a busy day for our Academy teams with both our Under 18s and EDS sides in action.

Our Under-18s are currently at home to Leeds in the Premier League Under 18 North and it's 1-1 after almost half an hour.

Our EDS side kick-off away to West Ham in PL2 at 1pm.

Good luck, lads!


Game of patience...

Caroline Weir and Keira Walsh have seen plenty of the ball and looked to take the fight to Villa at every opportunity.

And that late chance that fell to Ellen White hopefully augurs well for the second half.

It's a case of retaining composure and waiting for the opening that will hopefully come our way.


Half time

That's the action done and dusted for the first 45 minutes.

City have dominated territory, possession and chances bit so far we have been unable to make the all-important breakthrough.


Arrggg what a save!

So close to the opener!

Jill Scott rose to meet an inviting set piece ball and her header found Ellen White five yards who fired in what looked  certain goal only for Hampton to produce a superb save.

From the resulting corner, Weir then lets fly with a superb shot which is a fraction over.

Getting closer.


Waiting game

Still all the possession and pressure coming from City.

It's just that final pass which we need to harness. Villa happy to sit and look to contain.



More great link-up work from Hemp and Weir earns City another corner and sees Villa defender Remi Allen floored after Weir's attempted flick into the box struck her in the face at close range.

Painful that...



Hemp dinks in an inviting cross which just falls awkwardly for Park as she tries to shoot on goal and then another patient build up sees Hampton safely gather from another speculative effort.


Off target

Now Keira Walsh tries her luck again from just outside the box but her curling shot is a tad too strong.

City are probing and pushing at every opportunity so far.



Another patient passage of play sees Ellen White almost latch onto Weir's delicate through ball but Hampton races off her line and gathers just in time


Forward march

Virtually all the play has been in Villa's half so far as another inviting Weir pass nearly puts Hemp in once more.

The Villa defence working overtime...



City build up a head of steam with another spell of concerted pressure and Keira Walsh lets fly from 20 yards.

Villa keeper Hampton is equal to the task though


Up and running

A ;lovely bit of skill from Caroline Weir almost puts in Lauren Hemp and City have forced a couple of early corners.

Encouraging signs in these first 10 minutes


Watching brief...

It's dry but there is a sharp November breeze in the air here at the Academy Stadium on this early morning start.

The fans are milling in ahead of kick-off and hopefully there will be plenty of excitement and goals to keep them happy!


Villa thrillers... ๐Ÿ’™

 ๐Ÿ”น Georgia Stanway, who is yet to score in the WSL this season, has scored three goals in her two appearances against Aston Villa. Stanway netted once in this repeat fixture last term.

 ๐Ÿ”น Hayley Raso has been directly involved in three goals in two WSL games against Aston Villa (two goals, one assist) โ€“ doing so for Everton last season.

 ๐Ÿ”น Lauren Hemp had a hand in three of Cityโ€™s seven goals against Aston Villa in this exact fixture last season (7-0), scoring two and providing one assist.


Finish with a flourish..

Today's game is, of course, the last before the November international break.

It has been a tough week results wise but a victory against Villa would not only help propel us up the table but also send everyone into the international in great spirit.

Let's finish with a flourish!


Sharing out the spoils...

City have had nine different goalscorers in the WSL this season (exc. own goals), the joint-most in the competition alongside Arsenal and Chelsea.


Captain's call ๐Ÿ’ฌ

City skipper Steph Houghton is anticipating a tough challenge from today's opponents...

"Thereโ€™s a big three points up for grabs but weโ€™ll have to be at the top of our game to get them.

"People might look at our record against Aston Villa and think we should win comfortably but although weโ€™ve had some good results against them in the past, we canโ€™t rely on that.

"We canโ€™t afford to be complacent."


Five changes for City

Gareth Taylor made five changes to the side that fell to defeat in Wednesday's Manchester Derby.

Jill Scott, Caroline Weir, Filippa Angeldahl, Lauren Hemp and Ellen White are restored to the starting XI, replacing Ruby Mace, Vicky Losada, Laura Coombs, Hayley Raso and Janine Beckie.

Keeper Karima Benameur Taieb is shielded by a backline of Demi Stokes, Alex Greenwood, Scott and Georgia Stanway, while Keira Walsh protects the backline in defensive midfield.

Weir and Angeldahl occupy central midfield, flanked by Hemp and Jess Park, while captain White will lead the line upfront.


On cloud nine...

How's this for an encouraging pre-match omen:

City have been successful in our two FA WSL matches against Aston Villa, winning both matches last season by an aggregate score of 9-0.

Here's hoping we can make it a hat-trick of league wins today!


Gareth Taylor - It's all about the focus...๐Ÿ’ฌ

Early pre-match thoughts from the boss:

โ€œThe focus is on getting a positive result. Villa, as you have seen this season already, have improved.

โ€œCarla [Ward] has added a different dimension. They made it difficult for Chelsea. Chelsea just edged it.

โ€œItโ€™s not going to be easy. It never is. People anticipate when they see on paper that itโ€™s done beforehand but it never is.

โ€œWe have to be focused on our small details, approach the game in the right manner and take care of the performance, which usually takes care of the result."


It's matchday! โšฝ

A very good morning to you all!

The FA Women's Super League is back at the Academy Stadium and itโ€™s an early one as we gear up for a key Saturday assignment...

City play host to Aston Villa in a 11:30am (UK time) kick-off, as Gareth Taylor's side seek a crucial win to climb the table.

We'll have all of the pre-match build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction here in the Matchday Centre.

Team news will be available from 10:30. Who makes your starting XI today? We'd love for you to get in touch @ManCityWomen on Twitter.

Come on, City!

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Arsenal Women 7 +21 19
2 Chelsea Women 7 +17 18
3 Brighton and Hove Albion Women 7 +7 15
4 Tottenham Hotspur Women 7 +4 14
5 Manchester United 7 +1 12
7 Aston Villa Women 8 -10 10
8 West Ham United Women 7 0 9
9 Reading Women 7 -4 7
10 Everton Women 7 -7 7
11 Birmingham City Women 7 -14 1
12 Leicester City Women 7 -15 0
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