MCWFC: Five of the best goals
- 12 March 2016 09:08
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
With seven days to go to the start of Manchester City Women's new season, we look back on some of the best strikes of the previous two campaigns...
McManus v Liverpool, May 2014
Having picked up their first win in the Continental Cup the previous weekend, the Blues welcomed league champions Liverpool to the Manchester Regional Arena.
Nick Cushing's side had already suffered defeat in the competition at the hands of Doncaster Rovers Belles, so headed into this clash seeking what would prove to be a crucial three points in Group Two.
The hosts took just four minutes to open the scoring with an effort that will live long in Abbie McManus' memory.
When Isobel Christiansen's cross was cleared to the edge of the box, the defender needed no second invitation to try her luck, and she unleashed a powerful first-time effort into the top corner.
Natasha Dowie levelled the score for the visitors but Christiansen would restore the lead with a fine curling effort to hand the Blues the victory.
Duggan v Chelsea, October 2014
There was much at stake when Chelsea visited Manchester in the final game of the Super League season in 2014.
The Londoners needed a win to clinch a first league title and with little to play for, few had given City much chance of spoiling the visitors' party.
However, they did - and in some style.
Jill Scott had given City the lead with a low, long-range strike, and the England star was involved once again, teeing up for Duggan to net what would be deemed the WSL Goal of the Season.
The striker chested down Scott's drilled cross in the penalty area before executing a delightful volley into the back of the net, to stun the away side.
A Gilly Flaherty header would hand them a lifeline but the home side held firm to cancel the post-match trophy lift and complete the league season on a high.
Christiansen v Arsenal, October 2014
City headed into their first cup final as clear underdogs, coming up against an Arsenal side who had lifted every trophy possible in their glittering history.
The fact the Blues had reached a cup final in their debut season was an achievement in itself, and few gave them hope of defeating the Gunners.
However, in typical never-say-die fashion, Cushing's side defied the odds to do just that, producing a spirited performance at Wycombe Wanderers' Adams Park.
The goal that settled the tie arrived on 73 minutes, as Krystle Johnston delivered the perfect cross for Christiansen to head home.
Naturally, a period of Arsenal pressure ensued - plus an additional seven minutes of injury time - but City held firm to lift their first ever piece of silverware.
Duggan v Arsenal, August 2015
In a week where the hot-shot striker had beaten Samir Nasri to the Club's Nissan Goal of the Season award, Duggan cemented her reputation as a scorer of stunning goals with a beauty in a pivotal win at Arsenal.
Her superb volley against Chelsea the previous season had earned deserved acclaim at the annual City Live event, and she had already raised eyebrows again with a breathtaking long-range strike into the top corner at Bristol Academy.
This one was similar - but even better.
Cutting inside to evade two Gunners defenders, a shot did not look to be an option but Duggan somehow struck with power and precision to plant a 'postage stamp' strike past Emma Byrne.
A contender for next year's Goal of the Season award perhaps...?
Houghton v Notts County, August 2015
Skipper Houghton had already found the net once to give City the lead in their trip to Meadow Lane.
The defender had pounced to capitalise on a loose ball in the penalty area, as the Blues chased three points to continue their title push.
Shortly after, she doubled her personal tally with what is now deemed her speciality...
When the visitors were awarded a free-kick 30 yards out, there was no doubt as to who would step up to take it.
Duly, the captain assumed responsibility and curled a glorious strike over the wall and into the top corner - not too dissimilar to the one she scored against Melbourne in pre-season. A beauty!
Here's to many more glorious goals!
After the international break, MCWFC's England stars will return to Manchester to prepare for the new Women's Super League season. 2016 Seasoncards are now on sale so you can guarantee your seat for all MCWFC home games, including the UEFA Women's Champions League.
To celebrate the big kick off we're also giving fans the opportunity to meet Steph Houghton and Toni Duggan. Find out how you can win this special visit.