Everton 1-3 City
November started with the blues at Wembley and a match against Everton, and City retained the Women’s FA Cup after a hard-fought match against the Toffees. The blues were looking to bring the trophy back to Manchester for the third time in four years, but City needed extra time to finally see off the spirited Everton side.
Same Mewis gave the blues the lead in the 40th minute after she met Alex Greenwood’s
pinpoint cross. Caroline Weir hit the post as City looked to put the game to
bed, but the Toffees had other ideas, and equalised in the 60th minute.
Roebuck made a stunning save from Egurrola’s header, but form
the resulting corner, Valerie Gauvin pounced at the near post to draw Everton
level. The French striker almost made it 2-1 to Everton with a replica move in
the 72nd minute but put her header
Weir hit the woodwork again, this time the crossbar in injury
time as the blues looked to avoid another 30 minutes, but the match went to
extra time, which City dominated, and took a deserved lead in the 111th minute. Substitute Jess Park’s driving run
saw the Everton defence back off, and her through ball to Stanway was perfect,
and the latter’s shot hit the post before nestling in the back of the net.
And City secured the trophy when substitute Janine Beckie
slotted past the keeper to bring the trophy back to Manchester once more.
League Cup – Liverpool 0-3 City
City cruised to the top of the table with victory on the red side of Merseyside. After beating Everton 3-1 in their last game, the blues completed a Mersey double thanks to goals from Laura Coombs, Rose Lavelle and Jess Park.
City had the better of the chances in an even first half, but a spectacular goal by Coombs against her former club broke the deadlock on 42 minutes, hitting a half-volley over the keeper and into the back of the goal.
Six minutes into the second half and the points were effectively safe as Lavelle found the net again for City. Park’s ball released Lucy Bronze down the right and her cut-back was met by Lavelle who was never going to miss.
City’s dominance in the second half was driven home as Park made it 3-0 in injury time, sweeping the ball home at the far post to send City top of the table.
City 8-1 Bristol City
The blues recorded their biggest win of the season as they took Bristol City apart at the Academy Stadium. An early own goal from Robins keeper Sophie Baggaley was cancelled out by Ebony Salmon, but further goals from Laura Coombs, Keira Walsh and Lucy Bronze saw the blues 4-1 up at half-time. Ellen White bagged a second half brace, while Georgia Stanway and Janine Beckie also chipped in with a goal apiece.
It was the perfect end to the perfect week for City, although after 11 minutes, it looked nothing like ending the way it did.
The visitors had lost all their games so far, and had one goal to show for their work, so when Baggaley’s unfortunate own goal trickled over the line following Stanway’s cut-back, The Robins must have feared the worst. However Gemma Bonner’s short back pass to Ellie Roebuck allowed Salmon to round the young keeper and draw the visitors level just two minutes later.
City had to wait until the 39th minute to score again, and when they did, the floodgates opened. Steph Houghton’s cross was met by Coombs, who again hit a half-volley that flew into the goal. Three minutes later, City were 3-1 up as Walsh’s strike found the bottom corner. And a minute later, Bronze scored her first goal since returning to the club to send City 4-1 up at the break.
And the bleus showed no signs of letting up when, just three minutes into the second half, Bronze set up Stanway to make it 5-1. Ten minutes later, White got her first after being sent through by Jill Scott’s pass.
City could have had more but for Baggaley’s heroics, but the blues did add a 7th goal with 9 minutes remaining. Beckie nutmegged the keeper to make it 7-1 and White scored City’s 8th with five minutes remaining. There was still time for Alex Greenwood to strike the woodwork, but City settled for 8 and moved up to second in the league, two points behind leaders Chelsea
United 2-2 City
City threw away a two goal cushion and the chance to overtake Chelsea at the top of the league in their final match of November.
Chloe Kelly had given City the lead in the 8th minute, and when Laura Coombs added a second a minute after half time, it looked like City would be top of the league by the end of the day.
American international Tobin Heath pulled a goal back for the reds on 54 minutes and the comeback was complete on 74 minutes when Kirsty Hanson levelled after Roebuck had saved her initial shot a point-blank range.