Manchester City 3-0 Sunderland
by Johnathan Stack (29/11/22).
Above: Two of Manchester City’s goalscorers Julie Blakstad (left) and Hayley Raso (right) celebrate in their side’s comfortable win over Championship side Sunderland. Photo: Manchester City.
Manchester City picked up another win in the Continental League Cup as they beat lower league Sunderland 3-0 at the Academy Stadium to maintain their 100% record in Group B.
City got off to a great start with Julie Blakstad opening the scoring in the eighth minute and controlled most of the game with the majority of the possession. The home side had a great chance to double their lead as Alex Greenwood unleashed Hayley Raso down the right and she zipped the ball across the six-yard area but neither Bunny Shaw or Julie Blaakstad could latch onto the end of it.
Esme Morgan headed wide from Blakstad’s cross just before half-time and Yui Hasegawa fires a shot over on the edge of the box as Sunderland cleared the ball from a corner.
Two minutes into the second half, City did double their lead as Hayley Raso caused the mistake in the Sunderland defence, ran through on goal and slotted it past Sunderland keeper Claudia Moan to make it 2-0.
Bunny Shaw was then played through on goal by an amazing defence-splitting pass out from the back by Steph Houghton to make it 3-0.
Shaw nearly got a second as she used great strength to get past the centre-back and powered her way into the box, but her shot was saved by Moan in the Sunderland goal.
Raso went close to getting her second goal of the game, but Moan made a great save and Blakstad could only put the follow-up over the bar. The superb Australian then had a goal disallowed for offside after a great move down the left from Blakstad.
Raso’s compatriot Mary Fowler had a great chance to make it four after being played through, but her shot was saved by Moan.
After the game City boss, Gareth Taylor gave his thoughts on Raso’s performance, stating that he believes she has all the tools required to be one of the best in the world.
“With Hayley, I’ve spoken to her, and even when she played at Everton, she has that capacity to be a threat,” he said. “I think she has a lot in her makeup to be one of the best wingers in the game. One of the big reasons or not as to whether she will achieve that will be down to her decision making.”Gareth Taylor, Manchester City head coach on Hayley Raso.
“She’s so quick, tough, takes the knocks, can go through on goal and score hat-tricks,” Taylor added. “I’ve seen her score in flurries and to be fair to her, the numbers in front of goal this season have been good over the last few weeks considering she hasn’t played every single game.
“When we brought Hayley to the Club, it was to see if we could bring out those real good things in her and help her to be as consistent as possible. That’s what you’d say about the very best in the world, the consistency of the level of performance. We just need to keep pushing Hayley in that space because I think she’s capable.”
Taylor’s third Australian international Alanna Kennedy also made her return to the field during the game.
Teams: MANCHESTER CITY: Roebuck, Greenwood, Houghton, Fowler, Angeldahl, Raso, Morgan, Ouahabi, Shaw, Hasegawa, Blakstad. Substitutes: Keating, Stokes, Aleixandri, Mace, Kennedy, Hutchings, Marley-Paraskevas, Prior, Dahou.
Scorers: Blakstad 8’, Raso 47’, Shaw 59’.
SUNDERLAND: Moan, Herron, McCatty, Griffiths, Gears, Brown, McInnes, Beer, Dodds, Manders, Westrup. Substitutes: Jardine, Scarr, Brown, Kelly, Ede, Holmes.
Referee: Stacey Fullicks.