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Manchester City 5-0 Bristol City: Khadija Shaw and Jill Roord score two goals each in Man City win


Roord has scored three WSL goals so far this season

Jill Roord and Khadija Shaw each scored twice as Manchester City beat Bristol City with five first-half goals at the Joie Stadium.

Dutch midfielder Roord opened the scoring on nine minutes, nodding home from close range after Shaw’s effort ricocheted off the crossbar.

Shaw put the ball in the back of the net herself a few minutes later, but the offside flag prevented last season’s second top scorer from scoring her first Women’s Super League goal of this campaign.

Laia Aleixandri’s header added City’s second goal after 33 minutes before prolific Jamaican striker Shaw scored his goal tally for the season, nodding into the bottom corner from Mary Fowler’s floating cross to give the local team.

Fowler turned provider again as Roord headed in her second goal of the afternoon before Shaw headed in Chloe Kelly’s pointed cross just before half-time.

All five of City’s goals came from headers as the Blues demonstrated their crossing prowess and aerial threat.

The victory puts City top of the WSL table on goal difference before unbeaten Liverpool face Everton later on Sunday.

Bristol City remain winless in their first season back in the top flight with another tough match against Arsenal on the horizon.

Shaw out of place

After missing the opening match and only coming on for 10 minutes 1-1 draw against Chelsea Last week, forward Shaw reflected on her influential and dangerous self on Sunday.

City manager Gareth Taylor said before the match that the striker had missed the start of the season because she returned from international duty with an injury, but that it was “fantastic” to be back his “quality and personality”.

She scored one and assisted another midweek at City. Continental Cup victory against Everton – his first start of the season in a competition – before scoring twice on Sunday to take off in the WSL.

Shaw was pipped to the Golden Boot by Aston Villa’s Rachel Daly last season – who scored 22 goals to Shaw’s 20 – but looks on course to replicate those impressive figures again this campaign.

Against struggling Bristol City, the Blues dominated throughout the match, averaging around 80% possession and much of the game in the opposition’s half.

Taylor took the summer to sign Roord after 83 minutes, denying him a hat-trick opportunity, but stuck with Shaw for the full 90 minutes in the hope that he could cap off a stellar day with a third goal.

She went close with another header late on before taking one touch too many as she tried to dance around Bristol City goalkeeper Kaylan Marckese in the final minute.

Yui Hasegawa and England striker Kelly also had chances to score a sixth goal, but a resolute Bristol City defense was organized in the second half and managed to prevent a barrage of goals similar to the one they faced in of the first period.

Compositions

Man City Women

Training 4-3-3

  • 35Keating
  • 14MorganReplaced bymasshas 70′minutes
  • 33Kennedy
  • 5Green wood
  • 4AlexanderReplaced byHoughtonhas 84′minutes
  • 12AngeldahlReplaced byParkhas 70′minutes
  • 25HasegawaReplaced byCombeshas 84′minutes
  • 20RoordReplaced byCastellanoshas 83′minutes
  • 8Hunter
  • 21Shaw
  • 9Kelly

Substitutes

  • 1Roe deer
  • 6Houghton
  • 7Combes
  • tenCastellanos
  • 16Park
  • 18Casparij
  • 22MacIver
  • 30mass
  • 41Blakstad

Bristol City Women

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 21Marckese
  • 11Napier
  • 5A lapReplaced bySymehas 84′minutes
  • 3StruckReplaced byPowellhas 62′minutes
  • 4Layzell
  • 6Connolly
  • 12MoustakiReplaced byRoomhas 45′minutes
  • tenFury
  • 8RodgersBooked at 48 minutes
  • 17LestrupReplaced byTeisarhas 79′minutes
  • 23JonesReplaced byMorganhas 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Powell
  • 9Hayles
  • 13Clark
  • 15Bull
  • 16Syme
  • 24Morgan
  • 28Teisar
  • 29Room
  • 44Murray

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