Manchester City defeats Aston Villa 5 to 0 in the Premier League, giving City their first home win of the season.
Manchester City’s first Academy Stadium win in the WSL this season came thanks to HAYLEY RASO, who helped the team end a three-game losing streak at home.
The super sub’s two-minute brace was one of the highlights of City’s 5-0 thrashing of Aston Villa.
Gareth Taylor was pleased with his team’s performance, which saw them leapfrog the Villans into sixth place before the international break.
“With Hayley, we’ve got an exciting player who’s got bags of pace and bags of energy,” Taylor said of Raso and her teammates’ performance.
“I just think it was critical to win today, and I talked to the players about making sure we remember that when we return.”
Carla Ward stated before the game that Villa wanted to frustrate their opponents.
And for the first 45 minutes, the strategy appeared to be working, with City scoring three goals.
Hannah Hampton came out quickly to swipe the ball from Ellen White’s feet in the 16th minute after a brave stop by the England goalkeeper.
Several minutes later, Keira Walsh’s curled effort flew over the bar, and Jess Park’s volley in front of goal was miscontrolled.
Minutes before halftime, the hosts had a glorious chance to take the lead, but Hampton, who turned 21 this week, made a stunning flying save from White’s dinked effort.
City upped the ante in the second period, scoring twice in the space of two minutes.
We could have done better if we had stayed in shape, but you have to put yourself up against these teams.
After a 48th-minute cutback from Lauren Hemp, Caroline Weir slotted home in the penalty box.
Then, following a corner kick, Georgia Stanway’s hooked effort.
The visitors had a golden opportunity to cut the deficit in half when substitute Emily Gielnik narrowly missed a chance to head home Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah’s cross.
Raso scored in the 77th minute, followed by Hemp’s tap-in moments later, and City went on to extend their lead.
Raso’s half-volley put the hosts up five goals, with Ward lamenting her team’s formation changes.
“We come in at halftime and we’re happy,” Villa manager Steve Bruce said, “but we had a disastrous second half.”
We’re 2-0 down after five minutes, and that can’t continue.
“We might have done differently if we’d stayed in shape, but you have to test yourself against these teams, and it didn’t work out this time.”
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If we’d stayed in our shape we might have done differently, but you have to try and test yourselves against these teams