The blues faced a tough month in October, with Arsenal in the FA Cup and an away match at title rivals and current Champions Chelsea to contend with. The blue girls started with a visit by the in-form Gunners.
FA Cup – City 2-1 Arsenal
City reached the FA Cup Final with a fantastic win
over Arsenal and were just 90 minutes away from retaining the trophy.
It was a breathtaking performance from the blue
girls, who attacked the Gunners from the off, with Mewis, Stanway and Kelly all
going close. And when City were awarded a free kick in the 19th minute, Steph
Houghton popped up to fire the blues into the lead, bending the ball beyond the
Ellen White almost made it 2-0 when she headed
straight at the keeper, and the miss looked costly in Jordan Nobbs equalised in
the 38th minute. Her first time shot from well outside the area flew past
Roebuck in the City goal to draw Arsenal level.
Arsenal celebrations were short-lived as Sam Mewis
scored her first City goal just three minutes later, however the Gunners felt
there had been a handball by White as the City striker went to ground, but
replays showed it hit her chest. The referee disagreed with the visitors and
awarded City the goal.
Roebuck was called into action in the final
minutes, but City held on to book their place at Wembley again.
City 4-1 Spurs
City blew the WSL newcomers away with a brace from Chloe Kelly, and goals from Sam Mewis and Ellen White as City put down a marker for the rest of the WSL.
Kelly had already threatened the Spurs goal with a driving run from the left, evading the challenges of the visiting defence but saw her wicked shot parried by the Spurs keeper. Ellen White hit the crossbar as the blues dominated the first half, then Kelly struck with a wonderful goal.
The England international received the ball on the left and angled her shot beyond the keeper from the top corner of the penalty area. Mewis then hit the outside of the post as Spurs struggled to contain the waves of City attacks.
City were awarded a penalty in the five minutes after half time as Gemma Bonner was upended by Ria Percival. Kelly stepped up to score her third goal in a City shirt.
City poured forward again and they took advantage of some poor defending form the visitors as Mewis fired home City’s third goal. Janine Beckie hit post with a free kick and the ball deflected wide for a corner, which was met by Ellen White to score City’s fourth.
Spurs grabbed a consolation goal after Ellie Roebuck parried a stinging shot for a corner and the resulting set piece found its way into the back of the City net by the head of Anna Filbey.
City 3-1 Everton
In a rehearsal for the FA Cup Final, City faced Everton in the League Cup at the Academy Stadium, and the blues had to come from behind to go level on points with Liverpool at the top of the League Cup table.
Danielle Turner gave the visitors the lead after 20 minutes, and victory would have been a moral booster ahead of Wembley’s cup final.
But USA star Rose Lavelle brought City level seven minutes into the second half, before Chloe Kelly put City in front with 14 minutes remaining, following Georgia Stanway’s driving run forward.
Jess Park secured the point s4 minutes into injury time, weaving her way into the penalty area and beating the keeper.
Chelsea 3-1 City
Gareth Taylor suffered his first defeat as City manager as his blues went down 3-1 to Champions Chelsea.
Ellen White was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area, however replays showed it hit Demi Stokes below the elbow. Nevertheless, the home side were awarded a penalty, which Maren Mjelde converted in the 36th minute.
Sam Kerr made up for the numerous misses in the Community Shield match at Wembley with a goal in the 57th minute, while Chloe Kelly pulled a goal back for City from the penalty spot after Millie Bright had handled Caroline Weir’s shot.
Any hopes of a comeback were snuffed out as Fran Kirby scored Chelsea’s third 11 minutes from time to hand City their first WSL defeat of the season.
Reading 1-1 City
City dropped more points after drawing at Reading in the final game in October. The blues ahd won their last three fixtures at Reading, but hopes of a fourth straight win looked n the ropes after just three minutes.
Amalie Eikeland scored after just three minutes on the clock to give the home side the lead, and it took until the 56th minute for City to get their response. Same Mewis scored her third goal in five games but the blues couldn’t find another way past the Royal’s defence, and made it five dropped points from two games.