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Birmingham City 0-4 Manchester City: Title chasers close in on WSL leaders Chelsea with eighth straight win

Manchester City moved within two points of the Women's Super League summit with a dominant win at Birmingham.

Chloe Kelly crossed for Sam Mewis to head in the opener to break the home resistance shortly before half-time.

Two quick goals put the game beyond doubt as Mewis netted at the second attempt from Alex Greenwood's corner and Lauren Hemp floated in a third.

Ellen White teed up Caroline Weir to tap in City's fourth before Rose Lavelle's late drive struck the bar.

An eighth straight WSL win in an 11-match unbeaten run brought City to within two points of leaders Chelsea and took them four clear of rivals Manchester United.

Gareth Taylor's side dominated throughout, but were made to work hard to create chances in the first half against the defensive-minded hosts.

White saw her downward header turned round the post by Birmingham goalkeeper Hannah Hampton and then sent a snapshot over the bar before United States midfielder Mewis marked her return from injury with the breakthrough goal thanks to Kelly's ninth assist of the season.

City, who have racked up 42 goals in their past 10 league matches, threatened to run riot as Mewis doubled the lead and Hemp added a fortunate third just 90 seconds later.

Weir made it six goals in as many matches as the visitors played out the game and turned their thoughts to the first leg of their Women's Champions League last-16 tie with Fiorentina on Wednesday.

Birmingham stayed ninth as their winless run stretched to five.

Line-ups

B'ham City Women

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Hampton
  • 3Scott
  • 16Brougham
  • 4Mace
  • 20Napier
  • 25Holloway
  • 18Walker
  • 2Mayling
  • 12LittlejohnBooked at 63minsSubstituted forGreenat 90'minutes
  • 19WhippSubstituted forKellyat 75'minutes
  • 35MurphySubstituted forMcCarronat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McCarron
  • 8Green
  • 11Grant
  • 14Kelly
  • 24Whitehouse
  • 30Lawley
  • 37Hart

Man City Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 26Roebuck
  • 20Bronze
  • 6HoughtonSubstituted forDahlkemperat 76'minutes
  • 27Greenwood
  • 14Morgan
  • 7Coombs
  • 22MewisSubstituted forStanwayat 64'minutes
  • 19Weir
  • 9KellySubstituted forMannionat 72'minutes
  • 18WhiteSubstituted forDaviesat 77'minutes
  • 15HempSubstituted forLavelleat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Mannion
  • 10Stanway
  • 13Dahlkemper
  • 21Lavelle
  • 34Benameur
  • 35Keating
  • 39Davies
Referee:
Helen Conley

Match Stats

Home TeamB'ham City WomenAway TeamMan City Women
Possession
Home18%
Away82%
Shots
Home1
Away22
Shots on Target
Home1
Away12
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home4
Away3

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City Women 0, Manchester City Women 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City Women 0, Manchester City Women 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Caroline Weir (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Ruby Mace.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rose Lavelle (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Greenwood.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Mollie Green replaces Ruesha Littlejohn.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Manchester City Women. Lucy Bronze tries a through ball, but Rose Lavelle is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Esme Morgan (Manchester City Women).

  9. Post update

    Emma Kelly (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Millie Davies (Manchester City Women).

  11. Post update

    Ruby Mace (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City Women. Millie Davies replaces Ellen White.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City Women. Abby Dahlkemper replaces Stephanie Houghton.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Emma Kelly replaces Lucy Whipp.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Chloe McCarron replaces Emily Murphy.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City Women. Rose Lavelle replaces Lauren Hemp.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City Women. Aoife Mannion replaces Chloe Kelly.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Greenwood (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Georgia Stanway.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Hannah Hampton.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stephanie Houghton (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women1512214783938
2Man City Women15113150113936
3Man Utd Women15102332161632
4Arsenal Women1482444143026
5Everton Women146442621522
6Reading Women154741924-519
7Brighton Women154381130-1915
8Tottenham Women133371526-1112
9B'ham City Women123271020-1011
10Aston Villa Women133191134-2310
11West Ham Women132291430-168
12Bristol City Women1413101055-456
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