Scott on target as Man City end Spring Series with a win
Jill Scott, Keira Walsh and Megan Campbell all scored as Man City beat Liverpool
FA WSL 1 match
15:30, Saturday 3 June 2017
Select Security Stadium
Manchester City secured second place in the FA WSL Spring Series after a convincing 3-1 win away at Liverpool.
Goals from Jill Scott, Keira Walsh and Megan Campbell sealed the victory for City, before Caroline Weir grabbed a consolation for the Reds in stoppage time.
The games first real chance fell to City after 20 minutes, Carli Lloyd’s cross found Toni Duggan, but she fired wide from 12 yards.
Scott Rogers’ side were working hard to keep the visitors at bay, but a Duggan corner was flicked on by Jennifer Beattie and Scott was there to head City in front just before the half hour mark.
The hosts reacted well, looking a threat on the counter, but moments before the break, they were two down; Lawley’s curling effort from 20 yards finding the top corner.
The second have continued in the same vein, City threw on Campbell shortly after the hour, and she made it three minutes later; beating Siobhan Chamberlain at her near post with a 25 yard free kick from a wide position.
Liverpool didn’t let their heads drop, Jess Clarke missed a couple of decent openings before Weir finally pulled one back from long range in the final moments.
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Manchester City’s Jill Scott said:
“It was a good win today but we fell a bit short in the end, congratulations to Chelsea. It was a very short league but from a personal point of view I set a few targets to get more goals and I managed to achieve that.
“I think it’s a really talented squad we have here. We’ll rest up now before the Euro’s and I’m already excited to be coming back next season to start playing with this team.
“There will be an extra motivation now because of what happened this season, maybe we can improve in a few areas where we’ve come up short this season. A few games have shown that we could be better in those areas so that’s what we need to make sure we do before the start of next season.
“The things that we’ve achieved at this football club are incredible. You very rarely get time to reflect in football because it’s always onto the next thing, but what we’ve done was merely a dream three or four years ago, but we’ve done really well.
“Winning the FA Cup at Wembley was a dream come-true, and now we can use this off-season to reflect on what we did and make sure we can come back stronger next time.”
Liverpool’s Laura Coombs added:
“It’s never nice to lose but I think we can be proud of how we played. We only had one fit defender in the whole squad so it was never going to be easy against a very good Manchester City side but I thought we did well.
“We’d been on a good run earlier on this season so it’s disappointing not to end this mini-series, but we’ve learnt a lot in the last few weeks.
“After what happened last week (7-0 defeat by Chelsea) we knew we had to come out and put in a performance. We’d worked our socks off all week and we carried that into the game.
“It’s been a decent season, we’ve done really well against the smaller sides in the league. We always knew this week was going to be a test, and that it certainly was, but there’s no disgrace in losing to Chelsea and City, and we’ve laid down a few markers for next season now, we have some really good players here and hopefully we’ll be even stronger at the start of the next one.”
Manchester City 3
Scott 29, Lawley 45, Campbell 61
Liverpool (4-3-3): Siobhan Chamberlain; Ashley Hodson, Sophie Ingle, Gemma Bonner, Niamh Charles; Laura Coombs, Katie Zelem, Caroline Weir; Shanice Van De Sanden, Jess Clarke, Natasha Harding
Substitutes: Ali Johnson for Van De Sanden 84, Kate Longhurt for Zelem 84, Amy Rodgers for Charles 84
Substitutes not used: Danielle Gibbons
Manchester City (4-3-3): Marie Hourigan; Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Jennifer Beattie, Demi Stokes; Jill Scott, Keira Walsh, Carli Lloyd; Georgia Stanway, Melissa Lawley, Toni Duggan
Substitutes: Nikita Parris for Scott 57, Megan Campbell for Stokes 59, Ella Toone for Lawley 77
Substitutes not used: Ellie Roebuck, Izzy Christiansen, Jane Ross, Abbie McManus
Referee: Peter Gibbons