2020 Series Game 2: Manchester City v Everton, FAWSL

Teams

Manchester City:
Ellie Roebuck; Janine Beckie; Steph Houghton (c); Gemma Bonner; Demi Stokes; Jill Scott (Tessa Wullaert); Kiera Walsh; Caroline Weir; Lauren Hemp; Pauline Bremer (Ellen White); Georgia Stanway

Everton:
Tinja-Riikka Korpela; Taylor Hings; Kika van Es; Gabby George; Danielle Turner; Maeva Clemaron (Molly Pike); Abbey-Leigh Stringer; Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah; Lucy Graham (c); Inessa Kaagman; Hannah Cain (Simone Magill)

Score:

3 (Pauline Bremer x2; Gemma Bonner) v 1 (OG Georgia Stanway)

Player of the Match:

Pauline Bremer – the Manchester City striker is in flying form at the moment and added 2 more to her tally for the season. She led the line brilliantly for the hosts, proving a constant menace for the Everton defence throughout. She will be a little disappointed not to have got the hat-trick but Nick Cushing could not have asked much more from his number 9.

Stand out moment:

Pauline Bremer’s almost hat-trick – It would have been Goal of the Season had it gone in and would have capped off Bremer’s performance in some style. Lurking in space in the box, she met Janine Beckie’s cross with her back to goal. Opting for the spectacular, she hit the overhead so sweetly. Unfortunately for the German it just hit the underside of the bar and ricocheted away.

Key takeaways:

  • After suffering a serious injury, we were still to see what Pauline Bremer is really about. But the striker is now making a name for herself in the FAWSL, showing exactly what she can do in front of goal this season. With Bremer and Ellen White vying for the opportunity to lead the line, Nick Cushing will have a tough choice on his hands week in, week out.
  • The Manchester City squad will have been rocked by the news in mid-week that their manager, Nick Cushing, is leaving them in Febraury for the USA. However, this performance was a great display of mental toughness as they shrugged off the emotions and put in a professional performance to seal the three points.
  • For years, Everton have been the squad with tonnes of potential but never really quite clicking into place. Despite the result tonight, you could see the obvious improvement in Willie Kirk’s side over the last 12 months. Their form this season has reflected this and you can only think that there is a lot more to come from this young squad.

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