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Manchester City Women 2-0 Arsenal Women: Georgia Stanway ends Arsenal's 100% start

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Manchester City ended Women's Super League leaders Arsenal's 100% start with a brace from Georgia Stanway.

The deserved win extended second-placed City's own unbeaten record, moving them within three points of the Gunners.

Stanway poked home from Demi Stokes' left-wing cross early on, before adding a sublime second after half-time.

The England forward latched on to Keira Walsh's ball, beat two defenders and found the bottom corner to clinch the win and throw the title race wide open.

After 10 league games, City are now the only unbeaten side in the top flight, after a superb defensive display that saw the prolific Gunners fail to score in a game for the first time since April.

Joe Montemurro's visitors, who were without star midfielders Kim Little and Jordan Nobbs because of long-term injuries, were unable to create the chances that had previously seen them average nearly four goals per game this term.

The closest they came to scoring at the Academy Stadium was when Katie McCabe struck the woodwork from the edge of the area in the first half.

But England winger Nikita Parris earlier went close to adding to City's tally, as the home side breathed fresh life into a title race that could well now go down to the wire.

The two title rivals will not meet again in the league until the final day of the season on 12 May.

Man City goalscorer Georgia Stanway:

Georgia Stanway
Youngster Georgia Stanway took her tally for the season up to nine goals with her double against Arsenal

"It was brilliant. There was a massive shift from the girls. We worked hard, we were relentless and we kept a clean sheet.

"I loved my goals. There's no better feeling than scoring, especially as it is against the team that is top of the league, but credit to the girls - you can't do it without them.

"That shows we are still here to compete and have so much more to give."

Arsenal captain Lia Walti:

"We knew that it was going to be a tough game for us. Man City have also had a great season until now and we came here with some problems.

"We have many injured players already and we knew if we won, it was going to be a huge step for us and for this championship, but we also knew that if we lost, it wouldn't be too bad.

"We still wanted to win but I think we were just not effective enough at times in front of goal. We created some chances but, often, we missed the opportunity to shoot when it was presented."

Line-ups

Man City Women

  • 26Roebuck
  • 4Bonner
  • 6Houghton
  • 5Beattie
  • 3Stokes
  • 8Scott
  • 24Walsh
  • 25WullaertSubstituted forMcManusat 86'minutes
  • 12Stanway
  • 19WeirSubstituted forEmslieat 45'minutes
  • 17ParrisSubstituted forBeckieat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bardsley
  • 2Jans
  • 11Beckie
  • 14Morgan
  • 22Emslie
  • 23McManus

Arsenal Women

  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 17Evans
  • 6WilliamsonBooked at 56mins
  • 16Quinn
  • 20Bloodworth
  • 7van de DonkBooked at 52mins
  • 15McCabeBooked at 74mins
  • 19WältiBooked at 89mins
  • 28GayleSubstituted forHazardat 78'minutes
  • 11Miedema
  • 23MeadBooked at 30mins

Substitutes

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 3Mitchell
  • 24Kuyken
  • 27Grant
  • 29Hazard
Referee:
Abby Marriott
Attendance:
2,139

Match Stats

Home TeamMan City WomenAway TeamArsenal Women
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City Women 2, Arsenal Women 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City Women 2, Arsenal Women 0.

Booking

Lia Wälti (Arsenal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Keira Walsh (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lia Wälti (Arsenal Women).

Attempt missed. Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dominique Bloodworth.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Abbie McManus replaces Tessa Wullaert.

Foul by Jill Scott (Manchester City Women).

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Janine Beckie.

Foul by Jennifer Beattie (Manchester City Women).

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Jennifer Beattie.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Amelia Hazard replaces Paige Bailey Gayle.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Janine Beckie replaces Nikita Parris.

Attempt saved. Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniëlle van de Donk.

Booking

Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Gemma Bonner.

Attempt missed. Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Beth Mead with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Stephanie Houghton.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City Women 2, Arsenal Women 0. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Keira Walsh.

Attempt missed. Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Vivianne Miedema.

Offside, Manchester City Women. Tessa Wullaert tries a through ball, but Georgia Stanway is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Leah Williamson (Arsenal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Claire Emslie (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leah Williamson (Arsenal Women).

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Stephanie Houghton.

Foul by Jill Scott (Manchester City Women).

Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Paige Bailey Gayle (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Dominique Bloodworth.

Booking

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women).

Tessa Wullaert (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominique Bloodworth (Arsenal Women).

Claire Emslie (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women).

Demi Stokes (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women109014273527
2Man City Women107303262624
3B'ham City Women10712147722
4Chelsea Women10541115619
5Reading Women105231511417
6West Ham Women104151119-813
7Bristol City Women9324714-711
8Liverpool Women10307617-119
9Everton9126718-115
10Brighton Women10118724-174
11Yeovil Town Ladies10109630-243
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