Another Manchester derby, another Caroline Weir Puskas Award nomination

Manchester City Women
By Florence Lloyd-Hughes Feb 14, 2022 6
It’s happened again…

Time, space, a chance on her left foot. Things you do not want to allow Manchester City’s Caroline Weir.

On Sunday, for the third time in three seasons, Weir scored an incredible goal against local rivals Manchester United.

She did it in 2019 at the Etihad, absolutely blasting the ball into the top right corner from about 25 yards. Then last year at the CFA, taking a quick touch and step around Jackie Groenen before chipping a scrambling Mary Earps. Yesterday, she had the “audacity”, as Fara Williams described it during the BBC TV coverage of the match, to do it all again.

Weir didn’t start this latest Manchester derby, partly for tactical reasons, as Gareth Taylor opted to play Vicky Losada, but the Scot had also — by her standards — had a poor game against Chelsea in a 1-0 defeat the previous week.

City had the ball for most of Sunday’s game and created plenty of chances, with Lauren Hemp missing a tap-in in the first 10 minutes and Jess Park hitting the post just past the hour, but they couldn’t make the pressure count. As United continued to tire themselves out with a half-hearted press, Taylor threw on Weir at the perfect time.

With 75 minutes played, both teams were exhausted, and her fresh legs instantly invigorated City. With 10 minutes to go, they had yet again forced United back into their own half, as a typical Jess Park run down the right-hand side eventually came to nothing. The resulting goal kick from Earps was chested down by Signe Bruun but Weir’s team-mate Alex Greenwood was instantly onto the United forward, hassling her for the ball. It came loose and United captain Katie Zelem couldn’t rescue it,

Weir had the ball and she wasn’t going to give it up. Though still about 35 yards from goal, she only had one thing in her mind: top corner.