Georgia Stanway: City 'feel invincible' in FA WSL1

Monday 01 Aug 2016
Manchester City's Georgia Stanway smiles during an FA WSL game

Georgia Stanway admitted Manchester City feel almost invincible at the moment, after she scored a hat-trick to stretch their lead at the top of The FA Women's Super League 1 table.

The 17-year-old’s treble gave City a 3-0 victory over Sunderland that puts them four points ahead of second-placed Chelsea and six above Arsenal after they lost to Liverpool by 2-1 on Sunday.

Nick Cushing’s City side are unbeaten in the league this season and Stanway admits that life could not be much better – both for her and the team.

Vicky Losada of Arsenal and Kate Longhurst of Liverpool in action during the WSL clash on Sunday

Vicky Losada of Arsenal and Kate Longhurst of Liverpool in action during the WSL clash on Sunday

"We’ve got to carry on the momentum we’ve got, no team is easy in this league but if we can keep playing like we are then nobody can stop us at the minute," she said.

"We’re going to face teams who want to sit back against us and today we were patient, we have that mentality to keep going and keep going and today was evidence that we can do it."

Arsenal’s defeat ended their own unbeaten run dating back to April and defender Alex Scott admitted the Gunners need to be more clinical in front of goal.

"It’s disappointing to lose our unbeaten run because we’ve been working so hard and I think we played really well in patches today but we got undone by a set-piece," she said.

"At this level it’s about being clinical and finishing off our chances. Now we need to get our heads up, pick ourselves up and go again."

By contrast, Liverpool’s Scottish international Caroline Weir believes the win over Arsenal proves her side can compete against the best sides in the league.

"It was a tough, non-stop game, so it must have been good to watch but physically, it was difficult," she said.

"We know they’re quality but we were confident in our own ability and showed we can compete with some of the best in the league."

Elsewhere, Reading drew 1-1 with Notts County while Birmingham City’s Kerys Harrop said the Blues were still dreaming of a top two finish after their 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers Belles.

"We’re an outside bet for the top two, we have to just focus on us and hope other teams drop points," she said.

"It was a tough game, Doncaster put in a good shift, they worked hard and pressed us really high up the pitch."

Yeovil Town responded to Bristol City’s 2-1 win over Millwall Lionesses with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday to send them back to the top of the FA WSL 2.

Durham beat Watford 3-0 and Oxford United ended a four-match losing streak with a 4-2 victory over London Bees, while Everton were held to a 1-1 draw by Sheffield.

By FA Staff