Walsh and Hemp strike as Metropolis bounce again from robust begin to season

KEIRA WALSH scored a miracle goal as Man City beat Leicester 4-1 to recover from their worst start to a WSL season ever.

The midfielder’s missile and a shot from Lauren Hemp were among the goals that resulted in the Foxes suffering a sixth straight defeat.


Keira Walsh scored her first WSL goal of the season in Man City’s win over LeicesterPhoto credit: Getty

With the win, City recovered from a defensive howl in the first minute and finished in seventh place and one place ahead of Everton before the clash with Chelsea.

Commenting on Walsh’s goal, City boss Gareth Taylor said, “We know she can do it and it was nice to see her get there on the edge of the box.

“Keira is a player who needs rhythm, who needs games, and she doesn’t have that all the time.

“But the more she plays and the more playing time she has, I’m pretty sure we’ll see performances like this.”

In that game, the Citizens had only got four points from their first five league games.

And their opponents had a dream start in the breathtaking King Power City.

Ex-Manchester United striker Jess Sigsworth opened the gate by exploiting a mistake by Jill Scott to give the hosts the lead after 59 seconds.

However, the guests quickly attacked when Georgia Stanway tested Kirstie Levell with a shot over the crossbar in the 20th minute.

And they equalized when Caroline Weir whipped past Levell with little effort after a Hemp cross just before half an hour.

Leicester moved early with Sophie Howard for Georgia Brougham to neutralize the hemp threat.

But the hosts stayed behind again when Walsh burst their first league goal of the season on the edge of the 18-meter space just before half-time.


Lauren Hemp made the scorers list with Man City’s third goalPhoto credit: Getty

In the second half, the guests did not let up.

Jess Park forced a save from Levell, the starlet leaving Molly Pike behind before firing a shot into the top left corner.

And Stanway stabbed the ex-Everton goalkeeper in the 55th minute in the palms of the hands. before putting on a breathtaking acrobatic parade only to fend off a cannabis attack moments later.

The winger was on the scorers list, however, to bury City’s third in the 70th minute before Laura Coombs finished fourth in the closing stages.

Taylor added, “Lauren is a fantastic outlet for us.

“I think sometimes we overload them and one of the challenges we put them on is connecting in the last third and increasing their goal-to-assist ratio.

Jess Sigsworth scored her first goal for Leicester since joining the Foxes from Manchester United in the summer


Jess Sigsworth scored her first goal for Leicester since joining the Foxes from Manchester United in the summerPhoto credit: Getty

“Last year she produced a lot of numbers in half a season. I thought she looked so dangerous from the start in this game and scored her goal very well. “

The result leaves Leicester after a tough start in life in the WSL after six games without a point.

Foxes boss Morgan said: “We were a little short on our quality of possession. I think we have to improve our quality both in possession and with the ball. “


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