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Manchester City Women 5-2 Arsenal Women

Steph Houghton
Manchester City captain Steph Houghton's goal came in first-half stoppage time against her former club

Manchester City produced a brilliant attacking display to beat title rivals Arsenal and continue their 100% start to the Women's Super League One season.

Jane Ross and Steph Houghton scored for 2016 champions City either side of Emma Mitchell's equaliser in the first half.

Arsenal levelled again through Heather O'Reilly two minutes after half-time before Georgia Stanway put City ahead for a third time in the 70th minute.

Goals for Izzy Christiansen and Jill Scott completed the rout for the hosts.

Victory for Nick Cushing's City follows their win against Yeovil Town in their opening fixture and takes them top of the league after two games.

They looked shaky defensively at times, but were rampant going forward against a team who, along with 2017 Spring Series winners Chelsea, are expected to be their main challengers as they bid for a second WSL 1 title.

Vivianne Miedema, a Euro 2017 winner with Netherlands this summer, came off the bench for her Arsenal debut following her summer move from Bayern Munich but her side drop to sixth on three points.

Line-ups

Man City Women

  • 26Roebuck
  • 23McManus
  • 6Houghton
  • 5Beattie
  • 3Stokes
  • 8Scott
  • 24Walsh
  • 11Christiansen
  • 22Emslie
  • 16RossSubstituted forStanwayat 55'minutes
  • 17ParrisSubstituted forBremerat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bremer
  • 12Stanway
  • 14Morgan
  • 18Toone
  • 20Campbell
  • 21Hourihan

Arsenal Women

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 2Scott
  • 5Henning
  • 20Janssen
  • 3MitchellSubstituted forCarterat 74'minutes
  • 8Nobbs
  • 6Williamson
  • 18Evans
  • 21van de DonkSubstituted forMeadat 45'minutes
  • 17O'ReillyBooked at 44mins
  • 14TaylorSubstituted forMiedemaat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Carter
  • 11Miedema
  • 13Moorhouse
  • 19Rose
  • 22James
  • 23Mead
  • 25Samuelsson
Referee:
Amy Fearn
Attendance:
1,646

Match Stats

Home TeamMan City WomenAway TeamArsenal Women
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home22
Away14
Shots on Target
Home13
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City Women 5, Arsenal Women 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City Women 5, Arsenal Women 2.

Attempt blocked. Danielle Carter (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Demi Stokes.

Attempt missed. Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Georgia Stanway.

Attempt missed. Danielle Carter (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Beth Mead.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Stephanie Houghton.

Attempt blocked. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Danielle Carter.

Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Scott (Arsenal Women).

Attempt missed. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Isobel Christiansen.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Pauline Bremer replaces Nikita Parris.

Foul by Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City Women).

Danielle Carter (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City Women 5, Arsenal Women 2. Jill Scott (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Claire Emslie.

Foul by Abbie McManus (Manchester City Women).

Lisa Evans (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Sari van Veenendaal.

Attempt saved. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jill Scott.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City Women 4, Arsenal Women 2. Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Danielle Carter replaces Emma Mitchell.

Attempt missed. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Claire Emslie.

Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women).

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City Women 3, Arsenal Women 2. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jill Scott with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Keira Walsh (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Isobel Christiansen.

Offside, Arsenal Women. Jordan Nobbs tries a through ball, but Beth Mead is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephanie Houghton.

Attempt missed. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Heather O'Reilly with a cross.

Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Heather O'Reilly.

Attempt missed. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Abbie McManus with a cross.

Attempt missed. Leah Williamson (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Keira Walsh.

Attempt saved. Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women).

Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women).

Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Georgia Stanway replaces Jane Ross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women2200120126
2Man City Women22009276
3Reading Women21013123
4Liverpool Women210123-13
5Arsenal Women210157-23
6Bristol City Women210116-53
7Sunderland Ladies210116-53
8B'ham City Women100123-10
9Everton Ladies100102-20
10Yeovil Town Ladies200205-50
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