Blue Moon rising as Toni strikes again!
TONI Duggan’s hot streak shows no signs of slowing down but Manchester City’s midfielders are desperate to back up her goal glut – according to Isobel Christiansen.
City landed a reverberating blow in the WSL 1 title race, now three points behind leaders
Chelsea with one game in hand after Duggan’s superb rising strike proved decisive in a 3-2 victory at Arsenal.
Alex Scott had cancelled out England full-back Lucy Bronze’s opener, but Christiansen regained the lead for City before Duggan pounced and Natalia headed a consolation late on.
The onus has been very much on Duggan of late, who since touching down back at City after the World Cup has netted six times in six games.
Indeed, only Christiansen has made any sort of contribution from midfield so far, with three goals to her name, and the 23year-old is eager to see that change.
“We want our midfielders to be getting goals, so I think if we can get myself and Jill Scott contributing we’ll be delighted with that – we’re looking to build,” she said.
“Toni has immense quality, and I had a great view for her goal, standing behind her – it was nothing less than we expected.”
FA Cup winners Chelsea reclaimed top spot after a wobble in form, Eniola Aluko grabbing a double and record signing Fran Kirby scoring her first goal for the club in a 4-0 victory over Birm
And Gilly Flaherty, who scored the third goal before Kirby emerged from the bench, admits Chelsea’s strength in depth could be what clinches the title.
“When you look at the bench and you have players like Fran Kirby or Laura Coombs coming on then you know you have a strong squad,” she said.
“We have that quality and that will really help us in the next few weeks.”
Sunderland slipped down to second though Kelly McDougall’s late equaliser ensured a share of the spoils against Liverpool, who surely now have no hope of defending their title, ten points off the top.
WSL 1 top-scorer Beth Mead got the ball rolling with a penalty before Natasha Dowie’s superb lob levelled the scores, and Liverpool edged ahead through Rosie White before McDougall struck.
“We see it as two points dropped,” said Mead.“That’s the standards we have set ourselves now to come away from a game against Liverpool and be disappointed with a draw.”
Doncaster Rovers Belles and Reading cannot be picked apart at the top of WSL 2 at the moment after both sides produced clinical performances.
The Belles brushed aside bottom-placed Watford as Beth England and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk – whose goal-scoring tally for the season stands at 14 – struck twice and debutant Jade Lorton-Radburn scored the other in a 5-0 victory.
Reading drilled four past Oxford as Nikki Watts, Emma Follis, Helen Ward and Rebecca Jane all wrote their names on the scoresheet, but Belles striker Sweetman-Kirk is adamant her side have the edge upfront.
“The stats show now that we have as good an attack as Reading’s, if not better,” said Sweetman-Kirk.
“We not only score a lot of goals but keep clean sheets as
well because we’ve got a great defence.”
London Bees held third-placed Yeovil to an unlikely draw, Paula Howells and Andria Georgiou mounting a second-half comeback.
Two goals from Danielle Turner against Millwall
Lionesses inspired a third win in the row for Everton, and Nicki Gears earned
Durham an away victory at Aston Villa.
And, in the only Continental Tyres Cup tie of the week, Rinsola Babajide’s superb late strike sealed a 4-2 win for Millwall over Watford.
DELIGHT: Manchester City’s Isobel Christiansen celebrates scoring her side’s second goal against Arsenal
ON SONG: Toni Duggan has scored six goals in six games