Imperious City slickers celebrate the joy of six
FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup holders begin their defence with impressive victory at Oxford
FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup match
19:45, Thursday 2 November 2017
Oxford City FC
Manchester City Women Goal Scorers: Stanway 45',53', Emslie 57', Beattie 79', Ross 86'
Georgia Stanway scored twice as Manchester City swept aside Oxford United 6-0 to open their FA Women’s Super League Continental Tyres Cup defence in some style.
City were made to work hard in the first half by their FA WSL 2 opponents but after scoring twice in quick succession in the period’s closing stages, the floodgates were well and truly opened.
After being held at bay for almost 45 minutes, City hit Oxford with a double whammy just before half-time as first Izzy Christiansen struck from the penalty spot after Ellis Millman bundled over Nikita Parris.
Almost straight from the restart, the U's were two down as Stanway was played in down the right, with the striker producing a powerful finish across Demi Lambourne.
City continued to dominate after the break, with Jill Scott forcing Lambourne into a decent save with a curling effort from the edge of the area.
A third goal soon arrived when a good burst from Claire Emslie led to her cutting the ball back from the byline for Stanway to slam in her second of the evening.
The visitors’ lead was quickly extended even further as Megan Campbell's long throw dropped for Emslie who fired a shot into the bottom corner.
Stanway came within a whisker of completing her hat-trick when her fantastic effort from outside the area crashed against the underside of the bar.
Campbell's long throws continued to cause havoc, as they led to two more City goals in the final ten minutes through Jen Beattie’s header and Jane Ross, who claimed the final touch after the ball found its way into the net following a melee in the Oxford area.
WHAT THEY SAID
Oxford United defender Hannah Short said: “The scoreline doesn't really reflect the effort from our first-half performance, where we really stuck to our game plan.
“We sat in, but that was what we set out to do and Manchester City couldn't break us down for around 43 minutes.
“We're just unlucky that it was a lapse of concentration from us that they managed to get two goals at the end of the first half.
“If we had held out until half-time, we wouldn't have had to change our formation in the second half and would have probably stuck to our game plan and just defended and see what we could have got out of the game.
“We went out to try and match them and unfortunately we left a lot of gaps and they just capitalised on that.
“There were a lot of lessons to learn from playing Manchester City, who are a full-time team in WSL1, full of international players, and we can only try and step up our game.”
Manchester City manager Nick Cushing said: “Oxford made it really difficult for us – they restricted the spaces from the first kick-off.
“I don't think I've ever seen a kick-off where a team retreats straight away and we created little bits but no clear chances.
“The penalty let us in but I think the penalty was from some really good individual play from Nikita [Parris] and once you get one, I think it then breeds a bit of confidence in the players.
“People perceived that we'd probably come here and change up team and take this fixture lightly because Oxford are in the league below us but we wanted to start with a win, so it almost propels us and gives us momentum.
“I'm really pleased that it was a clear win.
“We've asked the players to score more goals this year and we've had goals from different positions.”
Oxford United 0
Manchester City 6
Christiansen 45 (pen), Stanway 45+1, 54, Emslie 58, Beattie 80, Ross 86
Oxford United (4-5-1): Demi Lambourne, Ellis Millman, Hannah Short, Steph Williams, Corinne Yorston, Ella Franklin-Fraiture, Kayleigh Hines, Danielle Carlton, Ellie Noble, Taome Oliver, Chloe Chivers
Substitutes: Emily Allen for Yorston 45, Evie Gane for Oliver 77, Sophie Baker for Noble 77
Substitutes not used: Emily Donovan, Claire Skinner, Flo Fyfe, Charlie Deeley
Red cards: N/A
Manchester City (4-3-3): Marie Hourihan, Abbie McManus Steph Houghton, Jen Beattie, Megan Campbell, Jill Scott, Keira Walsh, Izzy Christiansen, Claire Emslie, Georgia Stanway, Nikita Parris
Substitutes: Ella Toone for Scott 56, Esme Morgan for Houghton 61, Jane Ross for Christiansen 77
Substitutes not used: Karen Bardsley, Demi Stokes, Melissa Lawley, Mie Jans
Red cards: N/A
Referee: Daniel Lamport
England face Bosnia & Herzegovina in a FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier at Walsall FC on 24 November, KO 7.05pm. Buy tickets (£10 Adult/£1 Under-18) at www.thefa.com/tickets