Shaw Man City's 'focal point' in WSL win at Everton

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Everton score from a cornerEverton's equaliser from a corner was their fourth set-piece out of the seven goals they have scored this season

Khadija Shaw scored her eighth goal in seven Women's Super League games as Manchester City beat Everton in a tight encounter at Walton Hall Park.

Shaw picked up a looped ball from Leila Ouahabi as Everton goalkeeper Emily Ramsey came out of her goal to meet Shaw, leaving an empty net for the Jamaican to square the ball to Julie Blakstad who slotted home.

Everton's equaliser came from a corner and a scramble in the box saw Sandy MacIver try to punch the ball away, but it fell straight to Rikke Sevecke who powered a header into the back of the net.

Shaw tapped in the rebound after Laura Coombs fired an ambitious shot which smacked off the post to restore City's lead just half-time.

This is City's fifth consecutive victory in the Women's Super League, despite being without injured winger Lauren Hemp, and moves them fourth, level on points with Manchester United in third.

Meanwhile, the loss was Everton's third consecutive home defeat of the season and leaves them seventh in the WSL.

Arsenal host Manchester United at Emirates Stadium in Saturday's late kick-off.

Shaw continues prolific season

Replacing England's top goalscorer Ellen White, who retired after the summer Euros, as the starting number nine at City is no mean feat but it is a mantle Shaw has taken on with ease.

Her goalscoring form continues to devastate WSL teams as she notched her eighth goal, the most in the WSL, and caused Everton trouble throughout.

She sent in a cross for Blakstad whose header went over the bar but, with four of Shaw's goals this season coming from headers, City would have preferred a role reversal.

Shaw also had a goal ruled out for offside when she made a run deep into the Everton half and her shot from near the byeline found the back of the net.

City, whose brilliance has gone somewhat under the radar this season with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United dominating the headlines, have won their past five consecutive league games after back-to-back losses at the start of the campaign.

They had the chance to extend their lead when a cross ricocheted off the post to Kelly, who attempted an overhead kick which was helped along by Blakstad but her header hit the post.

Unlike last season when City struggled for depth because of injuries, they seem to be clicking with a strong starting line-up and options on the bench.

Toffees still winless against City

Everton have now lost all 13 WSL matches against City - the best 100% record one team has against another in the competition.

The Toffees have also not managed to win a game this season when conceding the first goal.

They did have chances to get something from the match and the additions of Aggie Beever-Jones and Gio made an impact late on while the Toffees were fairly solid defensively.

With just one goal separating the two sides Everton had chances to level proceedings when Gio was through on goal but opted to square instead where Ouahabi blocked, before Beever-Jones smashed a shot into the side-netting.

A frantic final 10 minutes saw both sides go close as Ramsey was called upon to save a Kelly shot heading for the top corner, after Beever-Jones had another chance to level but her shot was weak.

They were missing perhaps a moment of brilliance from someone like Jess Park, who, after scoring on her England debut last week, was unable to play against her parent club.

Line-ups

Everton Women

Formation 5-3-2

12Ramsey17Graham20Finnigan4Sevecke6George27StenevikSubstituted forMaierat 76'minutes5BjörnBooked at 35mins28HolmgaardSubstituted forBeever-Jonesat 45'minutes22GalliSubstituted forQueiroz Costaat 66'minutes10BennisonSubstituted forWheelerat 66'minutes25Snoeijs

Substitutes

7Wheeler15Beever-Jones18Brosnan19Queiroz Costa21Maier39Clarke

Man City Women

Formation 4-3-3

22MacIver2Casparij4Aleixandri14Morgan15Ouahabi25Hasegawa10CastellanosBooked at 38mins7CoombsSubstituted forFowlerat 82'minutes9KellyBooked at 87mins21Shaw41Blakstad

Substitutes

3Stokes5Greenwood6Houghton8Fowler12Angeldahl30Mace35Keating36Hutchings

Live Text

Match ends, Everton Women 1, Manchester City Women 2.

Second Half ends, Everton Women 1, Manchester City Women 2.

Julie Blakstad (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gio (Everton Women).

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Rikke Sevecke.

Corner, Everton Women. Conceded by Kerstin Casparij.

Attempt blocked. Agnes Beever-Jones (Everton Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Clare Wheeler.

Attempt missed. Deyna Castellanos (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Emily Ramsey.

Attempt saved. Laia Aleixandri (Manchester City Women) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Chloe Kelly.

Chloe Kelly (Manchester City Women) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Emily Ramsey.

Attempt saved. Chloe Kelly (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yui Hasegawa.

Attempt missed. Lucy Graham (Everton Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gabrielle George.

Corner, Everton Women. Conceded by Leila Ouahabi.

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Mary Fowler replaces Laura Coombs.

Kerstin Casparij (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Agnes Beever-Jones (Everton Women).

Attempt missed. Khadija Shaw (Manchester City Women) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Chloe Kelly with a cross.

Foul by Laura Coombs (Manchester City Women).

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