Keira Walsh pounces early as Manchester City swat aside Birmingham

There could not have been a much tougher test for Marta Tejedor’s goalless and pointless Birmingham than unbeaten Manchester City and Keira Walsh was the architect as the hosts made sure they piled the pressure on the Midlands side with a comfortable 3-0 win.

Nick Cushing described Walsh as “the most intelligent player I’ve ever worked with” after the holding midfielder provided the opener from distance and helped create their second. “It’s her ability to control the buildup,” Cushing said. “I’m smiling because we have a bit of banter about it, she controls our buildup in ways we don’t work on, she’s a very smart player. You can see that if she plays well our team has the ability to go on and win football games.

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