Bristol City 0-3 Man City
Manchester City Women beat Bristol City Women 3-0 in the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup to extend their lead at the top of Group One North.
After a frustrating first half all their goals came after the break as Claire Emslie's deflected shot opened the scoring, before Nadia Nadim doubled the lead from the penalty spot and Caroline Weir's superb strike from distance rounded things off.
The Blues found chances limited in a first half they dominated but goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley did have to be sharp to save a Tessa Wullaert shot, before Georgia Stanway fired just wide from the edge of the box.
The visitors did eventually make the breakthrough in the 52nd minute as Emslie cut inside from the right wing and her shot took a big deflection off Gemma Evans on its way into the back of the net.
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Emslie was at the heart of the action again for the second goal, this time brought down in the box by Poppy Pattinson, allowing Nadim to step up and score the resulting penalty on 65 minutes.
In the 72nd minute it was 3-0 when Weir was given too much time and space outside the area and fired a third into the top corner.
Lauren Hemp almost struck against her former club when her cross turned shot rattled the bar and Wullaert put the follow up wide when it looked easier to score.
GOAL OF THE MATCH
Weir showed a touch of individual class to collect the ball 25 yards out and bend a left-footed shot into the top corner.
WHAT THEY SAID
Loren Dykes on Man City: “We want to win games and we want to get results, so when you look at that we're frustrated. But when we reflect on it we'll be proud of our first half performance.
“We know they have threats in wide areas and we definitely worked to nullify that and it worked for about 60 minutes.
“We wanted to be defensive, but not in a negative way and cause them problems on the counter. Today that didn't really come off.
“The first goal was an own goal, then a penalty, and then a really good strike from Caroline Weir. When you look at that, there are things to improve on but we can be proud of our display on the whole and look to build on this now.
“They're Man City at the end of the day and they always come out and they've always got opportunities in them.”
Nadia Nadim on Bristol: “It wasn't frustrating but it was a hard first 45 minutes, especially for me because they were nine or ten people in the box and it made it really difficult to create chances.
“In these games you want to get an early goal because that will kill morale but I knew we would get the goal. We knew they would park the bus but we kept moving the ball and we knew we get our chances at some point.
“We had a lot of ball possession but first half didn't really create any big chances but second half we got the goal and they had to try something and probably got tired and gave us more space to create spaces.
“It was obviously good to get on the scoresheet. I always take penalty kicks for my national team so I don't miss often.”
Loren Dykes on her side’s clash with Chelsea up next: “It's a tough week for us but a good week with lots to learn.
“You may as well play these games early on in the season so we can reflect on it and build for teams we're actually targeting to get results off.
“We have our teams that we want to target this season and the points we want to get this season. Anything we get against these top teams are a bonus so there's no pressure, but that's not to say we don't take pride and try to put in a good performance.
“It's a massive game on our hands but we enjoy the challenge. If we can keep it 0-0 for as long as we can and frustrate them then there's a chance in us.
“We approach every game differently depending on what their strengths are, which is good because they won't know what they're playing against.
Meanwhile Nadim and Man City will face Everton: “It will be a tough game but a good game as well. If we play our game then there's not many teams that can stand up against that.
“I'm confident that we will go and get three points. It's definitely important. Every game we play I want to win and that's the same for everyone else.
“We can beat any team in this league and Everton are one of them. We haven't really talked about them so far and it's my first game against Everton, ever, so I don't know what threats they'll pose but we will look at their game and we'll be prepared for sure.”
Bristol City 0
Manchester City 3
Emslie 52, Nadim 65, Weir 72
Bristol City (5-4-1): Sophie Baggaley; Loren Dykes, Danique Kerkdijk, Frankie Brown, Gemma Evans, Poppy Pattinson; Jess Woolley, Poppy Wilson, Julie Biesmans, Katie Rood; Juliette Kemppi.
Substitutes: Alicia Johnson for Rood 57, Carla Humphrey for Wilson 58, Heather Payne for Woolley 79
Substitutes not used: Aimee Watson, Ella Rutherford
Manchester City (3-5-2): Ellie Roebuck; Steph Houghton, Gemma Bonner, Jen Beattie; Claire Emslie, Georgia Stanway, Keira Walsh, Caroline Weir, Lauren Hemp; Tessa Wullaert, Nadia Nadim.
Substitutes: Janine Beckie for Walsh 72, Esme Morgan for Bonner 75.
Substitutes not used: Karen Bardsley, Melissa Lawley, Nikita Parris, Abbie McManus
Referee: Savvas Yianni