Scott's double secures second for City in FA WSL 1
Man City make sure of Champions League football with routine win over Everton
FA WSL 1 match
12:30, Sunday 20 May 2018
Manchester City Women Goal Scorers: Scott 21',59', Parris 56'
Jill Scott bagged a double as Manchester City secured second spot in FA WSL 1 and Champions League football for next season with a comfortable final day victory over Everton.
Scott’s powerful curling effort in the first half put Nick Cushing’s side in control but the hosts missed a hatful of chances before another former Everton player Nikita Parris put the game beyond doubt.
Scott herself added the third as City rendered Arsenal’s win at Bristol City redundant and left visitors Everton finishing the season in ninth place.
Manchester City 3
Scott 22 & 60, Parris 57
Manchester City (4-3-3): Karen Bardsley; Mie Jans, Steph Houghton, Jennifer Beattie, Abbie McManus; Keira Walsh, Jill Scott, Georgia Stanway; Melissa Lawley, Nikita Parris, Claire Emslie
Substitutes: Izzy Christiansen for Scott 72, Nadia Nadim for Parris 72
Substitutes not used: Ellie Roebuck, Esme Morgan, Tessel Middag, Jane Ross, Ella Toone
Bookings: Beattie 11
Red Cards: None
Everton (3-5-2): Kirstie Levell; Megan Finnigan, Gabby George, Siri Worm; Faye Bryson, Marthe Munsterman, Jodie Brett, Mollie Green; Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Danielle Turner
Substitutes: Elise Hughes for Worm 65
Substitutes not used: Emma Doyle, Olivia Wilson
Red Cards: None
Referee: Leigh Doherty
The opening 20 minutes were understandably a bit nervous for the home team and Jennifer Beattie may have been lucky to stay on the pitch as she brought Danielle Turner down as the forward ran through on goal.
But those nerves were eased when Stanway’s reverse ball found Scott who turned and unleashed a rising effort into the corner from the edge of the box.
City noticeably relaxed after the opener but Scott, Parris and several more players missed big chances to put the result beyond doubt.
It was left to Parris to settle any lingering doubts over City’s position in the top two when she tapped home after Georgia Stanway had cushioned down Mel Lawley’s cross from the right.
Almost as soon as it was two it was three and it came in disastrous fashion for Andy Spence’s side. Marthe Munsterman’s back pass didn’t have the power to reach Kirstie Levell, allowing Scott to nip in and poke in her second and City’s third.
The closest City came to a fourth was when Beattie’s header hit the bar but it mattered little to the fate of the match.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
The second goal was the all-important one for City in their battle to hold off Arsenal for Champions League football.
And when it finally arrived before the hour mark it was worth the wait.
Mel Lawley had plenty of joy down the right all afternoon and her cross was perfectly cushioned into Parris’ path by Georgia Stanway’s header and the in-form striker rifled home on the volley for a fine team goal.
WHAT THEY SAID
Man City’s two goal heroine Jill Scott said:
“Today was just all about the result, it would have been devastating to not get that Champions League spot and I think overall it’s deserved for us for the effort we’ve put in.
“We’re disappointed not to win the league and not make it a more exciting end to the season but fair play to Chelsea because they were better over the course of the season.
“It’s always a part of my game I want to improve and I’ll look at that in the summer but I don’t think I’ll score another one like that. I took a few touches and thought I better make something of this or there will be a few people shouting at me!
“It was really important to get over the line. The past few weeks have been hard and I won’t shy away from the fact I’ve been a bit moody to be around the last few weeks. Losing hurts, it really does and it will be our driving force for the new season.”
Everton boss Andy Spence:
“It was tough today, especially after 20 minutes. Before that we controlled what City had to do. “From when they scored they were the better team and you’d expect that once they play the football they can. I’m disappointed with the result but not the performance. We’ve got a really good group who have challenged every opponent they’ve faced.
“We made them look nervous and we deserve a pat on the back for us. They had a lot at stake but they played good football and I think it was only Everton that outdid Everton today.
“People tell me the table doesn’t lie but people talk about leagues within leagues and people talk about being happy to finish seventh but in my opinion that’s absolute nonsense. If you’re happy to finish seventhth then you shouldn’t be in the sport, you want to finish first. People will think I’m crazy but we’ll do everything we can, we won’t be made up with finishing 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd or whatever.
“We’ve already started our plans for this summer and we’ll keep our business quiet until we’re ready to announce. We’re pleased we’re already in one position certainly where players are lined up and there’s a couple more beyond that we’re working on already.”
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