Manchester City women put five past West Ham on Sunday on move above Arsenal on goal difference in the WSL table. Two goals by Georgia Stanway added to a goal from Ellen White and were followed by further strikes by Lauren Hemp and Tessa Wullaert to give the blues their biggest league win of the season so far.
It was an eventful afternoon for Stanway, who added to her brace by getting sent off in the 71st minute in which was her 100th game for the club.
City, who thrashed the Hammers 7-1 the last time these teams met, started on the front foot and soon took the lead against the injury-hit visitors. Ellen White scored her first league goal for City in front of the home supporters as early as the 11th minute. Jill Scott’s bullet header was saved by the keeper and White hammered home the rebound.
The blues continued to dominate the game and missed several chances before Stanway got her first on 32 minutes. Stanway started the move, driving forward through the middle and played in Scott who found White on the edge of the area. The England striker had the presence of mind the find Stanway who fired home.
Five minutes later Stanway scored her second and City’s third. Janine Beckie was released down the right and her cross was met by Stanway, whose first time shot hit the post before finding the back of the net.
The blues were threatening to run riot and Hemp provided City with their fourth goal just two minutes later. Scott’s brilliant pass left found Hemp completely unmarked to casually sidefoot home.
White hit the bar early in the second half following Scott’s layoff, but City weren’t to be denied a fifth. Stanway again forced her way forward and her pass found Wullaert in acres of space, and the Belgian fired home to finish the scoring.
Ellie Roebuck was called into action soon after to deny the Hammers Leanne Kiernan a consolation goal, before the attention turned to Stanway. The youngster was already on a yellow card and her late challenge on Adriana Leon left the referee with no choice but to issue a red card.
It was a disappointing end for the youngster, after an impressive performance having just returned from injury and will now be looking at suspension.
West Ham hit the post late on, but it was too little effort too late for the visitors, who suffered their fourth league defeat of the season. For City, it was another home clean sheet and the five goals took the blues ahead of Arsenal on goal difference, just one point behind leaders Chelsea.
Final Score: Man City women 5-0 West Ham Women