West Ham 0-2 Man City: Roord scores on debut to seal victory
A debut goal from Jill Roord secured Manchester City a 2-0 Women’s Super League victory over West Ham at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.
Lauren Hemp opened the scoring and Dutch midfielder Roord – a July signing from Wolfsburg – notched City’s second as Rehanne Skinner suffered defeat in her first match as West Ham boss.
City created their first meaningful chance on goal in the opening exchanges when Leila Ouahabi, who was later sent off, played a long ball that found Chloe Kelly springing down the right wing.
Kelly delivered an inswinging cross was parried away by West Ham goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.
In the 17th minute, West Ham’s Lisa Evans delivered a dangerous ball to Viviane Asseyi, who struggled to find enough space to fire an effort past City stopper Khiara Keating.
Two minutes later, Roord came close to giving the visitors the lead. Honoka Hayashi lost possession on the edge of her own box and gifted the ball to Roord but, as she tried to lob Arnold, she looped her effort over the bar.
Kelly proved to be a threat for City in the first half and tested the Hammers defence with another dangerous cross to Mary Fowler. The Australia international met the cross but failed to hit the target.
West Ham launched a swift counter-attack, with Kirsty Smith sending in a cross that could not quite meet Riko Ueki’s bursting run into the box.
Hemp tried her luck with a curling shot that missed and followed it up with a thumping header that forced Arnold into a point-blank save on the stroke of half-time.
The Hammers got off to a fast start after the break and almost scored after a minute. Ueki did brilliantly to race through on goal, drilling in a low driving effort that was smartly saved by Keating.
Moments later, Gareth Taylor’s side took the lead after some build-up play gave Hemp an opportunity to notch with a curling effort that sailed past Arnold.
City were awarded a penalty when Kelly’s cross touched the hand of Shannon Cooke inside the box, but the 25-year-old forward saw her spot-kick saved as Arnold managed to plunge to her left to save it.
The visitors doubled their lead in the 55th minute through Roord as she launched a run into the box before slotting the ball into the bottom left corner.
With 19 minutes remaining, City were down to 10 players as Ouahabi kicked Emma Harries off the ball and was dismissed for violent conduct.