Jamaican international Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw again took centre stage, netting a remarkable hat-trick for Manchester City as they dismantled Liverpool 5-1 in the Women’s Super League (WSL) on Sunday.
Shaw’s stellar performance not only secured the victory for her team but also solidified her position as the WSL’s leading scorer with an impressive tally of 12 goals this season.
The match ended with Taylor Hinds surprising City’s defence with an audacious strike from outside the area, catching goalkeeper Khiara Keating off her line and giving Liverpool an early lead.
However, the advantage was short-lived as City quickly responded, levelling the score three minutes later. Gemma Bonner, under pressure from Shaw, unfortunately turned the ball into her net, setting the stage for Manchester City’s dominance.
Shaw’s influence on the game became even more apparent as she orchestrated a stunning turn of events.
In the 16th minute, she capitalized on a defensive error, dispossessing Fuka Nagano and calmly finishing low into the bottom corner to give Gareth Taylor’s side the lead.
Just before the halftime whistle, Shaw showcased her aerial prowess, rising above the defence to head home Laura Coombs’ precise cross, despite Liverpool goalkeeper Teagan Micah putting up a strong challenge.
The second half saw Shaw’s relentless pursuit of goal-scoring excellence continue as she completed her third hat-trick in the last four WSL games.
In the 56th minute, her initial effort was thwarted. Still, Liverpool failed to clear the ball, and Shaw’s cheeky backheel found its way over the line, extending City’s lead and leaving the opposition defence in disarray.
Manchester City didn’t take their foot off the gas despite the commanding lead. In the 78th minute, City was controversially awarded a penalty, with Micah’s foul on Lauren Hemp appearing outside the area.
Chloe Kelly stepped up and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner, sealing City’s emphatic performance.
Shaw’s remarkable form has not only propelled Manchester City to a convincing victory.
Still, it has also significantly closed the gap on WSL leaders Chelsea, with City now just three points behind.
The reggae sensation has been a driving force for her team, showcasing her versatility, goal-scoring prowess, and ability to turn the tide in crucial moments.
Gareth Taylor, Manchester City’s manager, admired Shaw’s impact on the game, stating, “Bunny’s performance today was exceptional. She scored goals and played a pivotal role in creating opportunities for the team. Her work rate and commitment are commendable, and she is a crucial asset for us.”
The match, however, was not without its controversies, particularly the contentious penalty decision in the 78th minute.
The debate surrounding the incident is likely to linger, with questions about the accuracy of the referee’s call and the implementation of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in the WSL.
As the WSL season progresses, all eyes will undoubtedly be on Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw, whose remarkable goal-scoring spree has elevated her status as one of the league’s standout players and fueled Manchester City’s pursuit of WSL glory.
With each match, Shaw continues to etch her name in the annals of women’s football, leaving fans eagerly anticipating her next dazzling display on the pitch.
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