Manch­ester City Women thump sis­ter club 3-0

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Manch­ester City Women Foot­ball Club cruised to a 3-0 vic­tory over sis­ter club Mel­bourne City FC in the Fa­tima Bint Mubarak Chal­lenge in Abu Dhabi on Wed­nes­day evening. A brace from cap­tain Steph Houghton and an Izzy Christiansen strike handed the Sky Blues the tri­umph at the New York Univer­sity Cam­pus on Saadiyat Is­land, in a dom­i­nant per­for­mance over their Aus­tralian coun­ter­parts.

Houghton opened the scor­ing with a stun­ning long-range free-kick, be­fore Christiansen dou­bled the ad­van­tage in the se­cond half, chip­ping the ball over the goal­keeper. Houghton then added the third with a halfvol­ley, which de­flected in off Han­nah Brewer and the post.

The clash was the first meet­ing be­tween the two clubs, who made the trip to the UAE last week to em­bark on a warmweather train­ing camp.

Mel­bourne headed to the Emi­rates hav­ing lifted the WLeague Cham­pi­onship ti­tle with a 100 per cent record last month, while Nick Cush­ing's side are pre­par­ing for the new FA Women's Su­per League sea­son and a first crack at Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball. The Blues' boss opted to field the same start­ing XI which de­feated Swedish cham­pi­ons Rosen­gard in MCWFC's first pre-sea­son friendly - a 3-1 win which also saw Houghton and Christiansen on the score­sheet. Hav­ing con­trolled pos­ses­sion from the first whis­tle, the Manch­ester side had nu­mer­ous chances to ex­tend the lead, as Toni Dug­gan, Jane Ross, Jill Scott, Nikita Par­ris, Koso­vare As­llani and Keira Walsh all went close.

Three would be plenty on this oc­ca­sion though, and the Sky Blues lifted 2016's first piece of sil­ver­ware in the form of the FBMA Chal­lenge Tro­phy, un­der the watch­ful eye of club chair­man Khal­doon Al Mubarak. The vic­tory - and the man­ner of it - pro­vides the per­fect boost ahead of the new cam­paign, which will see Cush­ing's side fight on four fronts in a bid to be­come one of Europe's top sides.

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