Shaw brace keeps Man City in the title hunt

Reggae Girl Khadija “Bunny” Shaw continued her impressive scoring run on Sunday by scoring a brace, including the game-winning goal in the 89th minute, as Manchester City defeated Brighton 2-1 to maintain their chances of winning the English Women’s Super League (WSL) championship.

The 26-year-old, who leads the WSL in goals scored, put the visitors ahead after 21 minutes at Broadfield Stadium before Elisabeth Terland equalized for Brighton 12 minutes later.

The pressure ultimately paid off when Shaw gathered a loose ball just inside the penalty area and sent a low left-footed shot past an incapable Megan Walsh in goal for City, who had been the more dominant team for the majority of the game. The two goals, Shaw’s 14th and 15th in the league, brought her total for the season in all competitions to 26. She had a clear opportunity to score two more goals but was denied by the Brighton goalkeeper, and another attempt was deflected wide.

The victory increased City’s winning streak to 13 WSL contests and tied them with rival Manchester United in points for second place, just two points behind champions Chelsea, even though Gareth Taylor’s team had played one more game. With eight points, Brighton is still in 11th place and must fight to stay in the top flight.

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