Manchester City Women continued the rich goal scoring vein by thrashing Leicester City Women 5-0 in the Women’s League Cup. Two goals from Caroline Weir sandwiched a brace by Pauline Bremer, before Tessa Wullaert completed the rout as the blues made started off their defence of the trophy in blistering fashion.
After winning their opening two WSL games and thrashing Lugano in the Champions League, manager Nick Cushing handed debuts to Karima Benameur, Matilde Fidalgo and Tyler Toland against the part-time Foxes, who gave the blues a run for their money, but ultimately succumbed to the blues strength.
It took the blues 28 minutes to make the breakthrough, as Weir continued her goal scoring exploits. The Scottish midfielder, who scored a screamer against Manchester United two weeks ago, superbly took a weighted ball from Laura Coombs, then rounded the keeper before slotting the ball into an empty net.
Bremer forced the Leicester keeper into a decent save from 20 yards, while the visitors were restricted to speculative efforts which Benameur was happy to watch go wide.
Cushing must have reminded the blues of the difference between the two sides and the blues started the second half with more promise and showed their superiority. Bremer fired in two goals in eight minutes, her first coming after Field in the Leicester goal failed to deal with a Jess Park cross, and was then released by England star Keira Walsh, before firing across the keeper and into the bottom corner for 3-0.
Wullaert missed a golden opportunity to make it 4-0 but was denied by the keeper, but she could do nothing about the fourth goal. Megan Campbell’s centre was met by Weir, who slotted home from inside the six yard box on 75 minutes. Not to be denied, Wullaert made up for her earlier miss in spectacular style, picking out the top corner with a curling effort, giving Field no chance.
Next up for City is the Champions League second leg when Lugano arrive in Manchester. With a first leg lead of 7-1, it should be a comfortable night for Nick Cushing’s side.