Blues Battle to Lacklustre Draw
Manchester City Women misplaced priceless floor on the highest three because the blues laboured to a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa. Deyna Castellanos scored her first WSL aim since transferring to the Academy Stadium, however her strike was cancelled out inside moments by a aim from Kirsty Hanson.
And the guests might have taken all three factors house had Hanson’s curling shot hit the again of the aim as an alternative of the upright within the second half as City struggled to interrupt down Carly Ward’s disciplined aspect.
City have had the higher hand on Villa in current seasons, whereas the guests had solely ever overwhelmed a prime six aspect as soon as – their 4-3 victory over the blues in September. However, with the addition of England star Rachel Daly and underneath the steering of Ward, now in her second season at Villa, the Midlands aspect are sitting excessive within the WSL desk. And the addition of former Arsenal star Jordan Nobbs has strengthened the midfield, which might ultimately make them a pressure within the WSL sooner or later.
In the meanwhile although, it’s City which can be chasing a prime three spot and a spot in subsequent season’s Champions League, however a 1-1 draw was not what they wished, particularly with United and Arsenal, the 2 groups which can be realistically inside attain of the blues, performing so effectively this season.
City had been quickest out of the blocks and threatened the Villa defence within the opening minutes. Bunny Shaw, joint prime scorer within the league, turned and fired a shot that was blocked by the Villa defence. Minutes later, Lauren Hemp’s run and cross was met by the Jamaican, however she couldn’t flip the ball house. Chloe Kelly then fired into the aspect netting as Villa struggled to get a foothold within the recreation.
Villa’s first alternative noticed Hanson run by means of on aim, however Ellie Roebuck was shortly off her line to smother the ball and snuff out the possibility. City continued to press ahead and had been rewarded when Castellanos scored her first WSL aim in City colors.
Shaw this time was the supplier as she slid the ball by means of to the Venezuelan, who hit a first-time shot previous the keeper to offer City the lead. It was nice build-up play from City that began with Lauren Hemp’s need to win the ball on the left. The ball fell again to Alex Greenwood, who performed a neat go infield which ultimately fell to Shaw. The Jamaican noticed the run of Castellanos and performed an ideal ball that break up the Villa defence for Deyna to attain.
The lead lasted lower than three minutes as Hanson levelled for the guests. Daly, who scored two on her debut towards the blues in September, turned supplier as her cross was met by Hanson. Her first try appeared to hit Esme Morgan on the arm, however, as an alternative of interesting for a penalty, the Villa lady had a second chew and hit a looping shot over Roebuck for the equaliser
Villa grew in confidence after the aim and commenced to take over the midfield. Daly was twice caught offside, the second after Nobbs was allowed to run on the City defence. Fortunately for the blues, Daly mistimed her run and the possibility was gone.
Each groups had worrying moments within the first half with gamers down. Danielle Turner took a Castellanos strike absolutely within the face whereas Alex Greenwood took out Roebuck simply earlier than the break following one other Villa assault. 1-1 at half-time and the match was finely balanced.
City made a change on the break with Kerstin Casperij approaching for Morgan, but it surely was Villa that took the impetus to City. The guests had been extra energetic and used possession higher than the house aspect and nearly took the lead 5 minutes after the break. A cross from the Villa proper was left by the defence, which fell to Hanson. She minimize inside and hit a shot that cannoned off the put up with an unsighted Roebuck rooted to the spot.
That ought to have sparked City into life and, though Shaw headed over from a Kelly cross, there gave the impression to be little urgency about City’s play. They had been second to the ball on many events, whereas Villa had been snapping at their heels at any time when they weren’t in possession.
Nobbs and Daly had been operating the present for Villa and supervisor Gareth Taylor made one other substitution as Hayley Raso changed Kelly within the 73rd minute. Seconds after Raso’s introduction, Villa once more had one other probability, this time Roebuck denying Kenza Dali.
On the different finish, Shaw burst into the Villa penalty space however was denied by Anna Leats within the Villa aim, and the Jamaican was denied once more in harm time as City threatened to steal all three factors.
It was a deserved level for Villa, however City can be left questioning how they allowed the guests to match and, in some components, dominate them on their very own patch and severe questions must be answered earlier than the blues return to WSL motion on 4th February when Leicester City go to.
Last Rating: Manchester City Women 1-1 Aston Villa Women