Manchester City are into the fifth round of this season’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup after defeating Aston Villa 8-0 at The Academy Stadium this afternoon.
Two sides at opposite ends of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table faced-off in the day’s only fourth round fixture. Manchester City certainly reside in second place in the table and are looking for their third consecutive Vitality Women’s FA Cup trophy. In contrast, Aston Villa are rooted to the bottom of the table so you’d imagine that their main focus would be on survival. Nevertheless, this fixture gave them the opportunity to potentially cause a giant-killing and reignite their season.
However, that is not how it played out. City were relentless in the opening 45 minutes of the game with the visitors struggling to even get out of their own half.
The hosts had their breakthrough thanks to a great piece of improvisation from Chloe Kelly. With her back to goal, the England international looped the ball over her head and past Sian Rogers in the Villa goal and into the top corner.
The second goal shortly followed as a heavily-bandaged Lauren Hemp drove to the byline before cutting the ball back to pick out Ellen White who fired in at the near post. Kelly then powered her way through the Villa defence and drilled a left-footed shot across goal as City established a 3-0 lead.
Half-time substitute Janine Beckie then had an immediate impact as she got in on the act. The Canadian cut in on the left and bent a ball into the area which evaded the reach of Rogers and found the top corner like a homing missile.
Fellow substitute Georgia Stanway then followed Beckie’s lead. A free-kick right on the Villa byline was played back by Caroline Weir towards Stanway who shot low through a crowd of players and the ball found it’s way into the back of the net.
City got in behind the Villa defence once again and Beckie pulled the ball back to the onrushing Rose Lavelle who hammered it first time into the goal to make it six.
Kelly then rounded off her hat-trick in the final 10 minutes when Beckie played a ball into the Villa area. Kelly reached it first and while Rogers initially pulled off a good save, the ball rebounded off the City forward and into the unguarded net.
Sam Mewis then finished off the scoring with a sweetly struck half-volley into the top corner to really compound Villa’s misery.
To describe the victory as dominant would almost be an understatement given City’s superiority in the game as Villa only showed any endeavour going forward on very rare occasions.
The hosts were well worth their 8-0 victory and will now look forward to a home tie against either West Ham United or Chichester & Selsey in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup fifth round.