Sunday 26 June 2016

Manchester City rally to preserve unbeaten league record

The FA WSL 1 leaders came from a goal behind to draw with Liverpool thanks to Jane Ross' equaliser

FA WSL 1 match
14:00, Sunday 26 June 2016
Academy Stadium

Manchester City Women Goal Scorers: Ross 65'

Liverpool Ladies FC Goal Scorers: White 4'

Jill Scott admits she and her Manchester City teammates were desperate not to let their manager down as they rallied in the second-half to earn a 1-1 draw with Liverpool and preserve their FA Women’s Super League 1 unbeaten record.

The league leaders trailed at half-time to Rosie White’s fourth-minute goal – the first City had conceded in the league this season – but earned a point through Jane Ross’ 66th-minute leveller.

They had chances to take the win too with Liverpool keeper Siobhan Chamberlain denying Scott and Ross in particular and Scott admitted manager Nick Cushing’s disappointed manner at the break had spurred them on.

“We know if we play well, we can beat most teams at home. It’s frustrating but, at the end of the day, it’s not a loss, it’s another point on the board and we’re still unbeaten in the league,” she said.

“You can tell Nick (Cushing) was disappointed with us at half time and that hurts us a lot as we don’t want to disappoint him.

“We knew what we had to do to improve and in the second half we played a lot better. We created a lot of chances, we just needed that bit of luck to go our way.

“We piled the pressure on late on and we thought we’d be able to nick the win. When the five additional minutes were signalled, I believed that we would go on to get the three points. Hopefully we’ll continue to create chances and a few more hit the back of the net.”

White silenced the home crowd early on when she skipped past two defenders to score while Caroline Weir came close to doubling her side’s advantage before the break but her curling effort came back off the crossbar.

City improved after the break and their pressure was rewarded when Ross tapped home from close range from Nikita Parris’ driven cross.

Chamberlain then prevented Scott’s header from going in before Karen Bardsley denied Liverpool’s Niamh Charles and then Liverpool’s keeper also thwarted Ross late on in a lively finish.

“I think we played really well, we stuck to the game plan and we could have come into half time having scored two, maybe even three goals,” said Chamberlain.

“They were on top in parts of the second half but, at the end of the day, a draw is probably a fair result.

“It was always going to be difficult coming to a place like this. They’re a fantastic side and they’re up at the top of the league for a reason.

“If we can play to our strengths and stick to our game plan like we did, we’re going to get results.

“The final five minutes was definitely an exciting one for the crowd. My heart was going for a bit but that’s what you play football for.

“You play football for those exciting moments; the goalscoring opportunities and making saves. It was an exciting game to be involved in.”

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Manchester City 1

Ross 66

Liverpool 1

White 4

Manchester City (4-3-3): Karen Bardsley; Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Abbie McManus, Demi Stokes; Jen Beattie, Jill Scott, Kosovare Asllani, Daphne Corboz, Jane Ross, Toni Duggan

Substitutes: Nikita Parris for Corboz 46, Tessel Middag for Duggan 61, Megan Campbell for McManus 88

Substitutes not used: Marie Hourihan, Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone, Izzy Christiansen

Bookings: Jill Scott (51)

Red Cards:

Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Siobhan Chamberlain; Satara Murray, Gemma Bonner, Sophie Ingle, Alex Greenwood; Kate Longhurst, Laura Coombs; Shanice Van De Sanden, Rosie White, Natasha Harding; Caroline Weir

Substitutes: Emma Lundh for Van De Sanden 74, Katie Zelem for Coombs 81, Niamh Charles for Harding 90

Substitutes not used: Danielle Gibbons, Ashley Hodson, Mandy Van Den Berg, Martha Harris

Bookings: Siobhan Chamberlain (55), Katie Zelem (90)

Red Cards:

Referee: Matthew Donohue

Attendance: 2,172