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Quick Match Recap: Manchester City women breeze past Birmingham City

City close in on league leaders Chelsea

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Manchester City had a game in hand on Chelsea and a win would take them 2 points behind the league leaders and with a four-point advantage over rivals Manchester United.

Samantha Mewis was back in the team after an injury towards the end of January saw her sit out previously.

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The previous 5 meetings between Birmingham City women and the Sky Blues had all resulted in a Manchester City win. With Birmingham sitting ninth in the WSL, it would not be hopeful to assume we would win.

In the first 5 minutes, Manchester City dominated completely and we came very close when an Alex Greenwood freekick was whipped into Ellen White whose effort was inches wide.

Birmingham City Women v Manchester City Women - Barclays FA Women’s Super League Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

The flow of the game did not change in the following 15 minutes, with the Cityzens still seeing the majority of the ball. White’s header was denied by Birmingham keeper Hannah Hampton and the resulting corner saw a ball in from Greenwood to Stephanie Houghton who brought out a brilliant save by Hampton.

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City’s first goal
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After much pressure from Manchester City, we finally had a breakthrough with Mewis. Just 5 minutes before halftime Mewis headed the ball past Hampton from a Chloe Kelly cross and we had a deserved lead. 0-1!

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Less than 10 minutes into the second half and Mewis had doubled her goal tally and Manchester City’s. The ball was cleared off the line from Birmingham City but only as far as Mewis who slides the ball home – 0-2.

Less than 2 minutes later and Manchester City had their third! Lauren Hemp was the goal scorer with a shot from out wide, 0-3!

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Manchester City had dominated the entire game and a big win was not short of what they deserved! The fourth goal came with 25 minutes to go and it was Caroline Weir who put in the effort and pressured Hampton, the ball fell to White who slotted Weir in for an easy tap in. 0-4.

Final Score: Birmingham City 0-4 Manchester City