Parris hat-trick fires City to convincing win over Yeovil
England winger scores three to keep City's Champions League hopes on track in 5-0 success
FA WSL 1 match
19:00, Wednesday 16 May 2018
Manchester City Women Goal Scorers: Emslie 44', Parris 47',74',76'
Manchester City recovered from a week in which they surrendered their FA Women’s Super League 1 title to move a step closer to Champions League football after a convincing 5-0 win against Yeovil Town in which Nikita Parris scored a hat-trick.
City had to wait until just before half-time to open the lead, with Claire Emslie breaking the deadlock a minute before the break.
Parris doubled the advantage shortly after half-time, before adding two in two minutes to complete her hat-trick with Izzy Christiansen completing the scoring from the spot.
As a result, City go into their final game of the season with a one-point advantage over Arsenal in the race for second place and Champions League football.
Manchester City 5
Emslie 44, Parris 48, 74, 76, Christiansen 81
Yeovil Town 0
Manchester City (4-3-3): Karen Bardsley; Esme Morgan, Steph Houghton, Jennifer Beattie, Abbie McManus; Keira Walsh, Jill Scott, Georgia Stanway; Melissa Lawley, Nikita Parris, Claire Emslie
Substitutes: Izzy Christiansen for Scott 46, Tessel Middag 60 for Walsh, Ella Toone for Lawley 80
Substitutes not used: Ellie Roebuck, Mie Jans, Nadia Nadim, Jane Ross
Red Cards: None
Yeovil Town (4-3-1-2): Megan Walsh; Bow Jackson, Kayleigh Green, Nicola Cousins, Gemma Evans; Hannah Miles, Leah Burridge, Georgia Evans; Annie Heatherson; Ella Pusey, Libby Piggott
Substitutes: Thierry-Jo Gauvin for Pusey 68, Chelsea Cochrane for Piggott 77, Charlotte Buxton for Heatherson 86
Substitutes not used:
Red Cards: None
Referee: Lindsey Robinson
City took complete control early in the second half when Emslie turned provider to cross for Parris to score her first of the night with a simple tap-in past Megan Walsh.
Parris got her second soon after to put the game beyond doubt when she diverted home an effort from Georgia Stanway, the midfielder’s effort appeared to be heading wide before Parris stroked it home.
Less than two minutes later Parris had her hat-trick and City had her fourth when the striker broke the offside trap to get on the end of Esme Morgan’s through ball.
Parris rounded Walsh with ease and tapped into an empty net to put gloss on the score line as Yeovil began to tire late on.
There was still time for a fifth as Parris continued to threaten the Yeovil defence and won a penalty after Bow Jackson brought her down in the area. It allowed substitute Christiansen to step up and smash her effort into the bottom corner for 5-0.
MOMENT OF THE GAME
It took the whole of the first half for Nick Cushing’s side to find the breakthrough but they did so in style when Claire Emslie cut in from the left to thrash home an effort into the top corner.
Yeovil had defended stoutly up to that point and caused their hosts problems, but the blow of conceding just before half-time appeared to hit them hard and they struggled in the second period.
WHAT THEY SAID
Manchester City manager Nick Cushing said: “We knew we’d need a goal to settle us down because of the week that we’ve had. The confidence is a little bit low and there’s a lot at stake now because we want that Champions League spot because of the previous experiences we’ve had in the competition.
“We know the players have ability to win the games. The goal settled us down but I was confident and I would have been confident even if we’d gone in at 0-0. It was a good performance but it just lacked a little bit of confidence.
“We came out second half more relaxed, the football was more free-flowing, we created opportunities and that’s why we won 5-0. We’ve struggled at times to hurt teams in behind and we know what Parris brings.
“She stretches the game and it worked tonight, whether we do it against Everton I don’t know yet but we knew stretching them tonight would work for us, Nikita was excellent.”
Yeovil first team coach Ross Moon said: “I think if you take into account the schedule for us it was always going to be tough when you take into account the travelling we do, the miles we cover then it’s always going to be tough.
“The facilities that are available to us mean we’re always going to struggle in games like this but if I said I was proud of the girls that would be an understatement.
“I can’t give them enough praise as coaching staff, today’s a prime example that hard work will get you there but when you need that technical bit of quality I think you’ve got to take your chances and that let us down at times.”
Manchester City can secure second spot and Champions League football with victory at home to Everton on Sunday in their final game. If they slip up, Arsenal are just a point back and could take advantage.
Yeovil, meanwhile, will finish their season away to Sunderland looking to end the season on a high.
Cushing added: “I think Everton are a bit out of position and they’ll think that. Andy (Spence, the manager) and his staff have done a good job using their young players and if you look back at their games against Chelsea they’ll be disappointed they didn’t get a result.
“They competed and they competed with us at Widnes so it won’t be an easy game and we’ll have to make sure we play our style of football and control the game. We don’t want it to feel like a cup final.”
Moon added: “We have to go and make a good example of ourselves on Sunday against Sunderland and ultimately put in a performance the girls can be proud of.
“We’ve got a learning curve so as long as the girls put a good account of themselves in they’ll go home happy in the summer.”
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