Manchester City Retake WSL 1 Top Spot

Friday April 29th
Sunderland 0-2 Manchester City (Att: 1,411)

After a tight opening 20 minutes, Man City fashioned the first opening of the game. Demi Stokes’ left-wing cross found the head of Kosovare Asllani, whose effort was well held by keeper Rachael Laws.

City should have taken the lead on 36 minutes. Parris’s cross from the right beat Laws, but Asllani, with the goal gaping, could only head back into Laws’s arms.

Sunderland finally tested City keeper Karen Bardsley nine minutes before the break. Abby Holmes got to the by-line and her cross found Steph Roche at the far post, whose header was saved low down.

City took the lead five minutes before the break. Jill Scott picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area and pulled it back to Daphne Corboz who fed in Parris, who in turn fired in a powerful finish.

The visitors missed a great chance to double their lead 10 minutes after the break. A long ball across the pitch caught out the Sunderland defence and allowed Asllani to race through, but she sliced her effort wide from 15 yards.

Sunderland, already missing Hilde Gunn Olsen, Krystle Johnston and Kylla Sjoman through injury, saw Victoria Williams limp off.

And, on 76 minutes, City doubled their advantage. Sunderland failed to clear their lines and Stokes played in Toni Duggan, who swept home with her first touch of the game.

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