Maddi Wilde scored and provided a second-minute assist as London City Lionesses claimed three vital points in a 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on Sunday [5 November].
The Bristol City loanee made a scorching start to the contest, assisting Danielle Carter after just 110 seconds of play at Ewood Park with a cut-back to the penalty spot that was smartly converted by the London-born forward.
Emma Mukandi turned provider seven minutes later, whipping a back-post cross to Wilde, who made no mistake with her headed effort from close eight yards out.
Carolina Morace’s squad compounded the woes of the hosts in the 19th minute, with Carter taking control of the ball on the half-turn and threading a neat pass into the path of the onrushing Paige Satchell.
While the Kiwi’s initial effort was saved by Alex Brooks, Lucy Fitzgerald was on hand to knock the rebound home for London City’s third of the afternoon.
The Pride dominated the match from kick-off until the final whistle, with Simon Parker’s side limited to one shot attempt on an afternoon to forget in Lancashire.
“We’re all buzzing after that,” Fitzgerald told londoncitylionesses.com.
“I think that was the first time we have really clicked as a team. We played really good football, especially in the first half, and that’s by far the most chances we have created in a single game. We started to bring out the patterns that Carolina has been working on in training – it was a really positive performance overall.”
Wilde, who was named player of the match, added: “I think we’ve had good performances this year, but have let ourselves down with silly mistakes.
"Today, we were consistent throughout and managed the game really well in the second half. Now, it’s about building on the result and looking ahead to next week.”
London City return to Princes Park on Sunday [12 November], with Morace excited to host the Blues following an impressive road performance.
“That was our best performance,” said the Italian.
“I think everyone today was good – the players found each other with their passes and were very aggressive out of possession. I think that we shocked the opposition because we started very well, which is pleasing because I know the players can [reach those levels]. Now, we have to keep building in this direction.”
NEXT HOME GAME (RAINBOW LACES):
London City Lionesses .vs. Birmingham City, 13:00, Sunday 12 November