Adam Johnstone was pitchside at Meadow Park to capture the best of the action as two of the top WSL sides, Arsenal and Manchester City went head to head (3/4/23).
Above: Katie McCabe shows her sheer joy after scoring Arsenal’s second goal against Manchester City yesterday. Photo: Adam Johnstone for Impetus.
Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City
The Gunners’ Champions League qualification hopes took a major boost as they came from behind to defeat Manchester City.
Jonas Eidevall’s side were second-best for much of the opening half and went behind when Bunny Shaw headed City in front with just five minutes on the clock. Lauren Hemp had a golden opportunity to double the visitors’ lead but her shot from close range went over the bar.
Gareth Taylor’s side would rue that miss as Frida Maanum levelled just after the hour mark before Katie McCabe directed a rocket into the top corner with 74 minutes played.
This could prove to be a vital win for Arsenal in the Champions League race as they rise above Manchester City into the third and final qualifying berth on goal difference. The North London side also have a game in hand over the North-West club.
Teams: ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): D’Angelo, Maritz, Wubben-Moy, Carvalho Souza, McCabe, Williamson, Wälti, Pelova, Maanum, Foord, Blackstenius. Substitutes used: Beattie (for Maritz 69′), Kühl (for Pelova 68′), Weinroither (for Foord 36′), Taylor (for Blackstenius 69′).
Scorers: Maanum 62′, McCabe 74′.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Roebuck, Morgan, Houghton, Greenwood, Aleixandri, Hasegawa, Angeldahl, Kelly, Coombs, Hemp, Shaw. Substitutes used: Casparij (for Aleixandri 82′), Fowler (for Angeldahl 88′), Raso (for Kelly 81′), Castellanos (for Coombs 82′).
Scorer: Shaw 5′.
Referee: Abigail Byrne.