Taylor backs Shaw to shine after Manchester City sealed their first WSL win of the season

GARETH TAYLOR reckons Khadija Bunny Shaw is up for the challenge of becoming Manchester City’s biggest threat at the top.

The Jamaican striker scored twice as City beat Leicester in a 4-0 home win and Yui Hasegawa scored a stunning debut goal.

Shaw headed in City's opening goal against Leicester at the Academy Stadium

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Shaw headed in City’s opening goal against Leicester at the Academy StadiumPhoto credit: ©MI News & Sport Ltd
Lauren Hemp came on the scoresheet for the hosts, who are currently eighth in the top flight

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Lauren Hemp came on the scoresheet for the hosts, who are currently eighth in the top flightPhoto credit: Getty

And Lauren Hemp was also on target to score the hosts’ third goal as Shaw brought her WSL tally to three goals in three games this season.

The forward has started in all of City’s league games following the retirement of club legend Ellen White.

Taylor, whose team visit Tottenham next, said: “Bunny is showing what she’s capable of week in and week out. She had a good season last year.

“She had good competition with Ellen and she gave us different options. At the moment she’s our only really standout option (as a striker).

“We have other players who can potentially play there with the likes of Deyna Castellanos and Mary Fowler.

“It’s a good start for her and a good challenge that she’s enjoying.”

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Commenting on City’s first win of the season, Shaw said: “We wanted to show our quality and recover from the two defeats (to Aston Villa and Chelsea).

“It’s about time we got points on the table and we wanted to use this game to move forward.”

The hosts quickly attacked and Castellanos nearly got a boot from a Hemp cross in the fifth minute.

Chloe Kelly hit the bar in the 13th minuteth minute before Sophie Howard hit the side netting for the Foxes ten minutes later.

City took the lead shortly after when Hemp headed home Morgan Shaw’s header after a good run from Esme.

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The Foxes tried to pull one back when Aileen Whelan’s rifle shot was blocked just before Castellano’s hit the crossbar minutes before the break.

Taylor’s side doubled their lead in the 71st minuteSt Minute through Hemp’s header.

Shaw then made it three and lunged for a rebound after Foxes keeper Kirstie Levell saved Alex Greenwood’s penalty.

Hasegawa, making her first appearance in City since joining from West Ham in the summer, was among the impressive starters.

Yui Hasegawa scored her debut as Man City sealed a convincing win over the Foxes

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Yui Hasegawa scored her debut as Man City sealed a convincing win over the FoxesPhoto credit: Getty

The Japanese scored a stunning debut goal for Taylor’s side, firing a right foot shot home in a 4-0 win.

The Academy Stadium boss added: “Yui brings fluidity to the game, she’s technically good between the lines and she can score like she did in this game.

“She’s a player we admired and I’m delighted we were able to win her. I think she will do really well at this club.

https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6457737/khadija-shaw-manchester-city-wsl/ Taylor backs Shaw to shine after Manchester City sealed their first WSL win of the season

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