Weir 2', Parris 7' 17', Stanway 72', 80', Houghton 76', Wullaert 86'
Esmee De Graaf 82'
Manchester City Women v West Ham United
It was an afternoon to forget for West Ham United as Matt Beard’s side were beaten 7-1 by a quality Manchester City Women side.
City stormed into a 3-0 lead after just 17 minutes, putting the Hammers firmly on the back-foot and, although West Ham grew into the game and matched their opponents’ performance with a spirited fight in the second period, the hosts would score a further four times in the closing 20 minutes.
Esmee De Graaf scored a fine consolation for the Irons on 82 minutes, but it was simply not enough on a disappointing day for the side.
Caroline Weir scored the goal of the game after just two minutes, angling a terrific half-volley over Becky Spencer and into the far corner, before Nikita Parris looped a header home.
Parris made it three after going one-on-one with the Hammers shot-stopper before Brianna Visalli came close to pulling a goal back, striking the base of the post.
It seemed City’s third sparked West Ham into life. Julia Simic also had a good chance to score in the first period, while the away side started the second half the brighter of the two teams, with former City strike Jane Ross being denied by goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck.
However, an error in the West Ham defence saw substitute Georgia Stanway add a fourth for City. She would then add her second after Steph Houghton headed home.
De Graaf netted her first competitive goal for West Ham on 82 minutes with a cool strike from a narrow angle, but City had the final say as Tessa Wullaert fired home from distance.
Defender Claire Rafferty said after the game. “Losing like this is a massive lesson and a huge learning curve. No one was near the level that we need to be at and this game will be a big wake up call.
“We couldn’t get hold of the game in midfield, and it took us a while to get used to their top-class movement in that area. When you’re playing a top-class team like City, if you give them chances they will put them away.”
Manchester City Women: Roebuck; Morgan, Beattie, Houghton (c), Bonner; Scott (Park 87'), Walsh, Wullaert; Weir, Parris, Emslie (Stanway 69')
Substitutes not used: Stenson, Nadim, McManus
West Ham United: Spencer; Simon, Percival, Hendrix, Flaherty (c), Rafferty; Simic (De Graaf 69'), Longhurst (Sampson 90+2'), Visalli (Kmita 76'); Lehmann, Ross
Substitutes not used: Moorhouse