Ruthless Man City beat Liverpool to go top of WSL

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Khadija Shaw heads in her second goal for Manchester City against Liverpool in the WSLKhadija Shaw leads the race for the WSL Golden Boot with 19 goals this season

Manchester City ruthlessly dismantled Liverpool to move three points clear at the top of the Women's Super League.

Lauren Hemp opened the scoring with the first of three goals in eight first-half minutes as City seized control.

Jess Park jinked past two defenders before finishing coolly for the second and WSL top-scorer Khadija Shaw made it three with a sizzling 25-yard strike.

A Shaw header early in the second half sealed the win but Khiara Keating's own goal gave the hosts a late consolation.

Liverpool had started the game brightly at Prenton Park, keeping City penned inside their own half but without creating any chances of note.

While Matt Beard's Reds lacked a cutting edge around the box, the clinical visitors scored from their first attack - Hemp reacting quickest to find the bottom corner after Park's deflected shot had been pushed out by Liverpool goalkeeper Rachael Laws.

Park doubled the lead when she collected Mary Fowler's pass, beat a pair of defenders on the edge of the box and fired a strike in off the far post.

Two minutes later, with Liverpool reeling, Shaw delivered the decisive blow. The Jamaica striker flicked the ball past Gemma Bonner and then sent a thunderous effort into the top corner from distance.

Leanne Kiernan had the chance to get one back for the hosts soon after but shot wide with only Keating to beat.

Any glimmering hopes Liverpool had of mounting a comeback were ended six minutes after the break when Shaw rose highest at the back post to head in Fowler's corner for her 19th league goal of the campaign.

While City remained in control, the home side still looked to attack with numbers when given the chance and their efforts were rewarded when Taylor Hinds, making her return from injury off the bench, saw a fierce 30-yard shot hit the upright before going in off the unfortunate Keating's back.

Victory ensures Gareth Taylor's side go into the international break top of the table as second-placed Chelsea are not in WSL action this weekend, while Liverpool stay fourth.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Liverpool Women

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Laws
  • 17Clark
  • 23BonnerSubstituted forLawleyat 45'minutes
  • 4Fisk
  • 2Koivisto
  • 14HöbingerSubstituted forKearnsat 45'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 8Nagano
  • 18HollandBooked at 79minsSubstituted forLeathat 90'minutes
  • 32ParrySubstituted forHindsat 45'minutes
  • 9KiernanSubstituted forEnderbyat 58'minutes
  • 10Haug

Substitutes

  • 7Kearns
  • 11Lawley
  • 12Hinds
  • 13Enderby
  • 16Micah
  • 56Duffy
  • 57Leath

Man City Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 35Keating
  • 18CasparijSubstituted forStokesat 72'minutes
  • 33Kennedy
  • 5Greenwood
  • 4Aleixandri
  • 16Park
  • 25Hasegawa
  • 7CoombsSubstituted forBlindkilde Brownat 61'minutes
  • 8FowlerSubstituted forKellyat 72'minutes
  • 21Shaw
  • 11Hemp

Substitutes

  • 3Stokes
  • 6Houghton
  • 9Kelly
  • 12Angeldahl
  • 14Morgan
  • 17Pritchard
  • 19Blindkilde Brown
  • 22MacIver
  • 30Mace

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Liverpool Women 1, Manchester City Women 4.

  2. Second Half ends, Liverpool Women 1, Manchester City Women 4.

  3. Offside, Liverpool Women. Mia Leath is caught offside.

  4. Attempt missed. Jessica Park (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Laia Aleixandri.

  5. Substitution, Liverpool Women. Mia Leath replaces Ceri Holland.

  6. Attempt missed. Laura Blindkilde Brown (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  7. Attempt blocked. Chloe Kelly (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jessica Park.

  8. Attempt saved. Chloe Kelly (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Own Goal by Khiara Keating, Manchester City Women. Liverpool Women 1, Manchester City Women 4.

  10. Attempt saved. Taylor Hinds (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  11. Attempt saved. Mia Enderby (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sophie Haug.

  12. Offside, Liverpool Women. Mia Enderby is caught offside.

  13. Ceri Holland (Liverpool Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Jessica Park (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Foul by Ceri Holland (Liverpool Women).

  16. Foul by Chloe Kelly (Manchester City Women).

  17. Taylor Hinds (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Offside, Manchester City Women. Khadija Shaw is caught offside.

  19. Foul by Alex Greenwood (Manchester City Women).

  20. Sophie Haug (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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