Manchester City Women v West Ham United Women – FA Women’s Super League – Joie Stadium, Manchester – Report

Manchester City Women 5-0 West Ham United Women 

Manchester City moved to the summit of the Women’s Super League with a crushing 5-0 victory over West Ham at the Joie Stadium – their thirteenth WSL win in succession.

Gareth Taylor’s side raced out of the blocks at the start and were 2-0 up after only three minutes to leave the visitors stunned, with Spanish left back Leila Ouahabi turning home Jess Park’s cut-back past Mackenzie Arnold just twenty-four seconds in, before Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw – who then became the first player in WSL history to score in ten consecutive matches – chested down Lauren Hemp’s cross before rifling home into the top corner. 

The talismanic Shaw headed home her second in the twenty-fourth minute following another Hemp cross – the Jamaican’s twentieth goal of the season – only for her involvement to be curtailed at the break following injury, with Shaw having to sit out the remainder of the game wearing a protective boot on the sidelines.

Sub Laura Blindkilde Brown netted her first goal for City since joining the club from Aston Villa in January, smashing home from close range after being played through by Mary Fowler with nine minutes left.

Park made it 5-0 with a magnificent strike from the edge of the box to round off a dominant performance to leave City three points at the top – ahead of Chelsea, who have a game in hand.

Despite Riko Ueki and Viviane Asseyi hitting the woodwork during the match, in truth Rehanne Skinner’s Hammers were totally outclassed by City throughout the afternoon and with three games left to play, still require three points to mathematically confirm their safety from relegation to the Women’s Championship.

Next up for West Ham is a trip to Aston Villa next Sunday (2pm).

Manchester City Women: Keating, Aleixandri, Kennedy, Greenwood, Ouahabi, Park, Hasegawa, Coombs (Blindkilde Brown 64′) Fowler, Shaw (Kelly 45′) Hemp Subs not used: Stokes, Houghton, Angeldahl, Morgan, Pritchard, Mace, Startup

West Ham Women: Arnold, Denton (Cooke 76′) Tysiak, Zadorsky, Cissoko, Shimizu, Hayashi (Bergman-Lundin 83′) Smith, Ziu (Harries 68′) Asseyi, Ueki Subs not used: Snerle, Walsh, O’Hanlon, Ademiluyi

Referee: Abigail Byrne

Assistants: Sophie Dennington and Harley Hetherington

Fourth Official: Lucy May