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West Ham United Women 1-3 Manchester City Women: Unbeaten City go top of WSL

Nikita Parris.
Nikita Parris' 12th league goal of the season sealed the points for Manchester City late on

Manchester City pounced on Arsenal's slip-up to go top of the Women's Super League with victory at West Ham.

First-half goals from Caroline Weir and Lauren Hemp helped unbeaten City leapfrog the Gunners, who lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea earlier on Sunday.

Ex-City striker Jane Ross pulled one back for West Ham but Nikita Parris' 12th of the season made the game safe.

The win put City top for the first time this season, a point above the Gunners, who have a game in hand.

Both of City's goals came from balls in behind the West Ham defence as Weir raced clear to fire past keeper Anna Moorhouse, who was later beaten by Hemp's delightful chipped second.

City could have sealed the points after the break as Hemp again sprinted clear to prod past Moorhouse, but West Ham defender Gilly Flaherty raced back to clear off the line.

Ross gave her old club a nervy period with a cool finish but the WSL's all-time leading scorer Parris stroked home late on to ease any City worries.

West Ham, who drop to seventh, caused the visitors problems throughout the game, which was a much closer-fought affair than City's 7-1 win over the Hammers in October.

The hosts gave debuts to new signings Adriana Leon and Cho So-hyun but United's best chances fell to Alisha Lehmann, who missed two decent first-half opportunities to cancel out Weir's opener.

Man City forward Caroline Weir:

"We knew about the Arsenal result before we kicked off but we didn't think too much about that, we were just focused on ourselves.

"It was always going to be a tough game but we deserved the win. We're delighted with our performance in difficult conditions.

"West Ham had spells where they were on top of us but it's just about managing those and making sure you don't let them back into the game, and we did that well.

"The key was just taking our chances. When you score an early goal it sets you up for the rest of the match."

West Ham manager Matt Beard:

"We gave a good account of ourselves. We were arguably the better team.

"Apart from a few long balls in behind from City we contained them pretty well, but this week was probably just a week too soon for us because of the injuries we've got.

"We can take a lot of heart. Even our reaction to the third goal was fantastic, it just shows this team has the mental character to respond to negative moments.

"We threw Adriana in at the deep end and she did well for someone making her debut. Cho was excellent when she came off the bench too."

Line-ups

West Ham Women

  • 13Moorhouse
  • 2Percival
  • 5Flaherty
  • 14SampsonSubstituted forSimonat 60'minutes
  • 11Rafferty
  • 18ReichardtSubstituted forChoat 61'minutes
  • 7Lehmann
  • 12Longhurst
  • 15Visalli
  • 19LeonSubstituted forKmitaat 71'minutes
  • 9Ross

Substitutes

  • 1Spencer
  • 3Simon
  • 16Kmita
  • 20Cho

Man City Women

  • 26Roebuck
  • 4Bonner
  • 6Houghton
  • 5Beattie
  • 3Stokes
  • 12Stanway
  • 8Scott
  • 24Walsh
  • 19Weir
  • 17Parris
  • 15HempSubstituted forBeckieat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Bardsley
  • 7Lawley
  • 9Bremer
  • 11Beckie
  • 14Morgan
  • 23McManus
  • 33Park
Referee:
Jason Richardson
Attendance:
640

Match Stats

Home TeamWest Ham WomenAway TeamMan City Women
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, West Ham United Women FC 1, Manchester City Women 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Ham United Women FC 1, Manchester City Women 3.

Attempt missed. Brianna Visalli (West Ham United Women FC) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Janine Beckie (Manchester City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Janine Beckie (Manchester City Women).

Ria Percival (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Claire Rafferty (West Ham United Women FC).

Foul by Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women).

Claire Rafferty (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women).

Goal!

Goal! West Ham United Women FC 1, Manchester City Women 3. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Foul by Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women).

Erin Simon (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Manchester City Women. Demi Stokes tries a through ball, but Janine Beckie is caught offside.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Gilly Flaherty.

Attempt blocked. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephanie Houghton.

Attempt missed. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Janine Beckie.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Anna Moorhouse.

Attempt missed. Kate Longhurst (West Ham United Women FC) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jane Ross.

Attempt missed. Gemma Bonner (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cho So-Hyun (West Ham United Women FC).

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United Women FC. Rosie Kmita replaces Adriana Leon.

Attempt missed. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from very close range is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Caroline Weir with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Anna Moorhouse.

Attempt saved. Janine Beckie (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Georgia Stanway.

Jill Scott (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adriana Leon (West Ham United Women FC).

Attempt blocked. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Caroline Weir.

Alisha Lehmann (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Demi Stokes (Manchester City Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Janine Beckie replaces Lauren Hemp.

Offside, Manchester City Women. Jill Scott tries a through ball, but Lauren Hemp is caught offside.

Corner, West Ham United Women FC. Conceded by Demi Stokes.

Attempt missed. Jane Ross (West Ham United Women FC) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Brianna Visalli.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United Women FC. Cho So-Hyun replaces Lucienne Reichardt.

Substitution

Substitution, West Ham United Women FC. Erin Simon replaces Vyan Sampson.

Lucienne Reichardt (West Ham United Women FC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women139403782931
2Arsenal Women12100247113630
3Chelsea Women138412061428
4B'ham City Women138141610625
5Reading Women125341815318
6Bristol City Women125341115-418
7West Ham Women135171926-716
8Liverpool Women134181022-1213
9Brighton Women13229928-198
10Everton Ladies12138723-166
11Yeovil Town Ladies121011737-303
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