Manchester United Women welcomed Manchester City to Leigh Sports Village for the second time in five days and although, again, the honours...
Manchester United Women welcomed Manchester City to Leigh Sports Village for the second time in five days and although, again, the honours were even over 90 minutes, this time the Reds triumphed on penalties in the Continental Cup.
United boss Casey Stoney made five changes from the 11 that started in the WSL derby. Emily Ramsey replaced Mary Earps in net, Lauren James made her first start of the season and Lucy Staniforth made her first start for the club. Katie Zelem and Kirsty Hanson replaced Hayley Ladd and Jess Sigsworth respectively.
After an even opening to the game, it was the Reds who got the first few chances. Eight minutes in, Tobin Heath tried the spectacular with a 40-yard strike as she saw Karen Bardsley off her line but the effort went wide.
The first big chance of the game came to United shortly after, as a Staniforth pass found James on the left. The latter sent a dangerous cross into the box but an unmarked Heath couldn’t get a touch on the ball.