As Manchester City entered the final minute of stoppage time, towards the end of their recent match against Arsenal, they looked set to drop points. Having already drawn three of their first eight FA Women’s Super League games, despite dominating possession and creating chances, Gareth Taylor’s side simply couldn’t afford another setback. Then Caroline Weir stepped up.
Georgia Stanway’s shot was blocked by a stubborn Leah Williamson, and the rebound fell to Weir. With a good first touch to get the ball out of her feet, Weir bent a shot around Arsenal’s two center backs and into the bottom left corner of the goal, past an unsighted Lydia Williams. It was a sumptuous finish to an otherwise underwhelming contest, giving Manchester City the win — and hope — they needed to maintain any sort of title challenge.
That goal came one week after Weir’s hat-trick of assists helped City on their way to a 3-0 win over Everton, where her perfectly placed crossing allowed Ellen White, Gemma Bonner and Janine Beckie to notch headers. With two game-changing performances in a row, Weir is underlining her importance to this Manchester City side.
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