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WOMENS CONTINENTAL CUP: Dominant Man City ease past Leicester

Four second half strikes were sufficient for Manchester City to take the spoils over a battling Leicester who after a solid rearguard performance in the first half crumbled after the break in the face of relentless City pressure.

In the group stages of this competition a drawn game goes straight to penalties and that was how both these teams earned wins in the first game of Group One North. At the end of a scoreless first 45 minutes it seemed as if City might need spot kicks to decide this game because despite dominating they missed a host of chances to have this tie decided by half time.

The fact Leicester, recently promoted to the Women's Super League, had one shot on target and rarely threatened the City rearguard tells its own tale, yet poor finishing and the woodwork ensured a blank opening half.

In the first 15 minutes Nadia Nadeem twice, Jen Beattie, Jess Park and speedy winger Claire Emslie all spurned chances and whist the pace dropped it was always the home team in the ascendancy and just before the break the post was struck as yet another corner caused mayhem in the Leicester defence.

When Nadeem again headed wide and Tessa Wullaert went close in the opening minutes of the second half it seemed as if nothing had changed but the deadlock was finally broken on 53 minutes when Leicester failed to clear a cross and Wullaert was on hand to smash home the loose ball.

Within moments City almost paid the price for defensive complacency as a quick Leicester free kick sent Melissa Johnson clear but her weak shot was easily saved by Karen Bardsley.

The points were made safe for the hosts with 19 minutes remaining when the outstanding Emslie again fired in a dangerous low centre which was missed by the onrushing Nadim leaving substitute Janine Beckie, on her debut, with the simplest of close range finishes.

With Leicester tiring City added a third as Wullaert claimed her second and with the home side now rampant a fourth duly arrived courtesy of the hard working Nadeem meaning City now top the group after two games.

Man City Women: 4 (Wullaert 53, 79 Beckie 71, Nadim 83)

Leicester City Women: 0

Venue: Academy Stadium

Attendance: 1,609

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