Manchester City Women today returned to the top of the FA Women’s Super League after two goals from Nikita Parris saw them on their way towards a 4-0 victory against Liverpool Ladies at the Academy Stadium.
City knew that a win today in their first home fixture of 2018 would see them leapfrog Chelsea and return to the top of the table whilst also remaining unbeaten during this campaign.
Well aware of this, it took the home side less than sixty seconds to break the deadlock as a clearance rebounded off Parris and rolled into the back of the net.
Parris was to make the game her own in the second half and after she had won a penalty which was converted by Izzy Christiansen, she grabbed her second goal of the game heading in a pinpoint corner from Scotland international Claire Emslie.
With the game safely in their grasp, an emphatic City win was capped off when defender Abbie McManus got her name on the scoresheet with the ball bouncing off her and into the back of the net.
After conceding so early in the game, it was always going to be a difficult game for Liverpool but they did have their chances and Bethany England will have been disappointed to see nobody attack her cross into the box as it was caught comfortably by Ellie Roebuck.
City could have doubled their lead before the break when Georgia Stanway and Emslie had chances but they both saw their efforts go wide of the goal.
After the break it was clear that their was only going to be one team that would go on and win the game and on 56 minutes Christiansen slotted home from the penalty spot to double the lead after Parris was brought down in the box following good footwork.
City added another goal only four minutes later when Emslie’s corner was met by Parris who headed home from inside the box and they scored a fourth before the end when the ball rebounded off McManus and into the back of the net.
As well as moving City back to the top of the table, the four goals scored today also takes their goal difference to 24, the best in the division.
Manchester City Women: Roebuck, Jans, Stokes, Beattie, Nadim, Christiansen, Stanway (Toone 62′), Parris, Emslie (Lawley 72′), McManus, Walsh.
Subs not used: Bentley, Morgan, Spetsmark, Ross.
Liverpool Ladies: Flaherty, Harris (Babajide 64′), Turner (Johnson 64′), Murray, Ingle, Greenwood, Longhurst (Roberts 86′), Coombs, Weir, Clarke, England.
Subs not used: Ramsey, Hodson, Rogers.