Manchester City 5 Aston Villa 0: Raso scores a brace as City beat Villa 5-0 at home for their first win in the Premier League this 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 to 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 about 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 come back.”
Carla Ward stated before the match that Villa’s goal would be to frustrate their opponents.
City had three shots on target in the first 45 minutes, indicating that the strategy was working.
In the 16th minute, an Ellen White effort prompted a brave save from Hannah Hampton, who came out quickly to swipe the ball from her feet.
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 golden opportunity to take the lead, but Hampton, who turned 21 this week, saved White’s dinked effort.
City upped the ante in the second half, scoring twice in the space of two minutes.
We might have done better if we had stayed in shape, but you have to put yourself up against these teams.
Caroline Weir scored the first goal after Lauren Hemp’s cutback in the 48th minute.
Then, after a corner kick, Georgia Stanway’s hooked effort.
With substitute Emily Gielnik narrowly missing an opportunity to put Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah’s cross into the net, the visitors had a golden opportunity to cut the deficit.
Raso scored in the 77th minute, followed by Hemp’s tap-in moments later, as City extended their lead.
And Australia’s Raso sealed the victory with a half-volley that put the hosts up five goals to one, with Ward lamenting her team’s formation changes.
“We came in happy at halftime, but we had a disastrous second half,” Villa manager Steve Bruce said.
We’re 2-0 down after five minutes, and that can’t continue.
“We might have done better 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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