Brighton Women 0-6 Man City Women: Blues thrash Brighton with second-half goal rush


Lauren Hemp scores Manchester City's second goal
Lauren Hemp had signed a new contract with City in the week before the visit to Brighton

Six second-half goals gave Manchester City an emphatic third straight win in the Women’s Super League at Brighton.

Victoria Williams’ 48th-minute own goal opened the floodgates, with Lauren Hemp doubling the lead with a fine chip.

Georgia Stanway made it 3-0 before Laura Coombs capitalised on a defensive mistake for a fourth in seven minutes.

Goals from Hayley Raso and Vicky Losada extended the lead to see City swap places with Brighton to move fifth in the table.

City were bolstered by the presence of Lucy Bronze in the starting line-up, the England defender playing for the first time this season following knee surgery.

England captain Steph Houghton also came off the substitute’s bench for her first appearance since September.

Forward Hemp, who had recently signed a new two-year contract, was instrumental in the first goal when her low cross was diverted into the bottom corner by Williams. The 21-year-old then cut in off the left wing to chip the ball over Brighton goalkeeper Megan Walsh for her fifth goal of the season.

Stanway latched onto a blocked shot of her own to shoot home from inside the area for the third and Coombs fired in from long range after Brighton defender Danielle Bowman gave the ball away to make it 4-0 to City inside the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Raso went one-on-one with Walsh to make it 5-0 to City, and Losada’s deflected chip from the edge of the area capped a resounding win for Gareth Taylor’s side.

Line-ups

Brighton Women

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Walsh
  • 6Le Tissier
  • 5KerkdijkSubstituted forBowmanat 45′minutes
  • 20WilliamsSubstituted forKullbergat 74′minutes
  • 2Koivisto
  • 16Brazil
  • 7WhelanBooked at 58mins
  • 8ConnollySubstituted forSimpkinsat 84′minutes
  • 15Green
  • 10KaagmanSubstituted forSymondsat 58′minutes
  • 18CarterBooked at 29minsSubstituted forRobinsonat 84′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Gibbons
  • 4Bowman
  • 12Bance
  • 17Kullberg
  • 19Simpkins
  • 21Zigiotti Olme
  • 22Robinson
  • 24Symonds
  • 40Startup

Man City Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 34Benameur
  • 20BronzeSubstituted forMaceat 69′minutes
  • 33Kennedy
  • 5GreenwoodSubstituted forHoughtonat 69′minutes
  • 3StokesSubstituted forLosadaat 60′minutes
  • 7Coombs
  • 24WalshSubstituted forAngeldahlat 69′minutes
  • 10Stanway
  • 13Raso
  • 18White
  • 15HempSubstituted forBeckieat 60′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Houghton
  • 8Scott
  • 11Beckie
  • 12Angeldahl
  • 17Losada
  • 30Mace
  • 35Keating

Referee:
Emily Heaslip

Attendance:
1,345

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