City give man­ager win­ning send-off

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By IM­RAN MARASHLI

CITY kept up the pres­sure on Arse­nal at the top of the Bar­clays FA Women’s Su­per League with a 3-1 win against Ever­ton as they pre­pare to bid farewell to man­ager Nick Cush­ing.

Cush­ing re­vealed his im­mi­nent de­par­ture for MLS side New York City FC on Thurs­day and his team re­sponded with a dom­i­nant per­for­mance in their first match since the an­nounce­ment.

Pauline Bre­mer scored her fourth brace of the sea­son and Gemma Bon­ner added a third as the Ci­ti­zens piled pres­sure on Arse­nal be­fore the Gun­ners’ win at Brighton yes­ter­day.

The Tof­fees paid the price for giv­ing the ball away as Caro­line Weir teed up Bre­mer.

Tinja-Ri­ikka Kor­pela’s re­flexes pre­vented an own goal af­ter Danielle Turner in­ad­ver­tently headed the ball to­wards her own her net.

The sec­ond goal ar­rived af­ter an­other Ever­ton er­ror as Tay­lor Hinds was caught in pos­ses­sion by Lau­ren Hemp and Bre­mer fin­ished with aplomb.

Cain hit the post again be­fore Bre­mer al­most com­pleted her hat-trick with an ou­tra­geous over­head kick that clipped the bar. Bon­ner put the game to bed when she forced the ball home at the back post from a free-kick.

Ever­ton grabbed a con­so­la­tion at the end when Stan­way put the ball into her own net at a cor­ner.

United’s match against Liver­pool was called off yes­ter­day be­cause of a wa­ter­logged pitch.

To fol­low the ac­tion, buy tick­ets and sign-up for The FA Player’s live Bar­clays FA Women’s Su­per League cov­er­age visit wom­en­scom­pe­ti­tions. thefa.com

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