City win Manchester derby to boost WSL title hopes
Manchester City managed to net six goals during the initial fifteen minutes of their recent game, and this impressive scoring is only bettered by Tottenham's seven goals in the WSL this season.
Manchester City has triumphantly recuperated from their back-to-back losses by defeating their rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford. This impressive victory has revived their pursuit of the Women's Super League championship title.
During a WSL game, Gareth Taylor's team played in front of a huge audience of 43,615 people, marking a record for Manchester United. Despite being at a disadvantage with only 10 players for the last 15 minutes, they overcame their opponent and showed the city why they are the leading team in women's soccer.
Katie Zelem, the leader of the United team, opened the game's scoring by successfully hitting the penalty kick. The penalty was awarded to United after Alex Greenwood, a defender for England, intentionally used her arm to block Melvine Malard's shot.
Nonetheless, Jill Roord from the City team and her colleague Lauren Hemp scored in quick succession, changing the game in favor of the visitors. They extended their lead with a third goal after halftime when Khadjia Shaw blocked goalkeeper Mary Earps' clearance.
City appeared to have the upper hand, but United were given a chance to make a comeback after Laia Aleixandri received a second booking. However, despite their efforts, Marc Skinner's team could not find a way to turn things around.
The triumph has propelled City to third position in the WSL standings, and they are currently six points behind Chelsea - who occupy the top spot. Meanwhile, United trail behind by just one point in fourth place.
City's Title Hopes Boosted, Kelly Celebrates Big Win
City Manager, Taylor, recently stated that his team must avoid losing any more matches throughout the remainder of the season if they hope to have a chance at winning the championship. This statement was made after suffering two consecutive defeats against Arsenal and Brighton.
The team arrived at Old Trafford with a need to succeed and began the game with a lot of energy, applying a lot of pressure on the opposing team's half. This caused the goalkeeper, Earps, to make some inaccurate and hasty passes.
There were opportunities from set-pieces for Greenwood, Shaw, and Alanna Kennedy. Hemp also made an attempt that challenged Earps before the United team had a chance to get settled.
At last, the audience at home had a reason to celebrate as new recruit Malard demonstrated his inventive skills. Initially, he spun around Leila Ouahabi and, subsequently, he flicked the ball over the same adversary to pass it smoothly to Ella Toone. However, the English midfield player missed her shot in the penalty area.
The star player for United was Malard, who received a well-deserved reward when Greenwood returned to the City team after being out with a concussion. However, Greenwood was unable to stop Malard's shot, so she had no choice but to block it with her arm, causing her to give away a penalty.
It appeared to awaken the home team, who were encouraged by the large number of fans in attendance at Old Trafford. They believed they had increased their advantage when Geyse seized on a missed shot and tapped the ball into the goal.
Nonetheless, the referees made a judgment in favor of City in an extremely close call when Geyse managed to tuck the ball in, but it was determined to have gone out of bounds prior.
After a mere three minutes, Roord scored the tying goal following a successful move by Chloe Kelly who outmaneuvered Lisa Naalsund on the left side. Not long after, Hemp took advantage of United once more.
Jeers could be heard throughout Old Trafford while Kelly triumphantly flaunted her celebration in front of the Manchester United supporters. She cupped her ear in response to Roord's equalizer and then placed the City badge on her chest when Hemp successfully put them ahead at 2-1.
At the end of the match, there were many players who were delighted with the victory. The City team rushed over to their fans in the corner and celebrated by dancing and pumping their fists. In contrast, the United team gathered around Skinner, and they seemed to be very disappointed.
Both teams will aim for a spot in the top three to secure their position in next season's Champions League. This is crucial to Manchester City as it will greatly increase their chances of winning the WSL title, as they cannot afford to fall behind current frontrunners, Chelsea.
United Squander Opportunity To Advance
After observing City dominate in the competition for the last ten years, United have now managed to establish themselves as a contender in the WSL league. This recent event was a chance for them to demonstrate their advancements in a significant manner.
From the beginning, it was expected to be difficult - City only suffered one loss in seven WSL games against United, but that happened in the last derby in May.
During the summer transfer period, the United team reinforced their squad in order to construct a team that could compete at the European level. However, their aspirations were dashed early on when they were defeated by Paris St-Germain in the Champions League preliminary rounds.
This implies that the entire attention is directed towards winning the WSL championship. However, the recent loss to the opponent team, along with unsatisfactory ties against Leicester City, Brighton, and Arsenal, has created a significant space between United and Chelsea. This defeat is a big detriment to the team.
The team from the city seemed at ease all throughout the game, even when they had one less player on the pitch. Despite Manchester United spending a lot of money in the summer transfer market, they couldn't score a goal in front of their excited supporters at Old Trafford.
There were numerous mistakes made by the players during the game, one of which was Earp's hesitation when Shaw tried to close in on her after an insufficient backpass from Maya le Tissier that could have given City a 3-1 lead.
The game is over, with Manchester United Women scoring 1 against Manchester City Women's 3.
The final period of the game has come to an end, with Manchester United Women scoring 1 point and Manchester City Women securing a total of 3 points.
During the game, Leah Galton, who plays for Manchester United Women, was able to earn a free kick in their own defensive area.
Mary Fowler from Manchester City Women committed a foul.
Rachel Williams (from the Manchester United Women team) committed a foul.
Filippa Angeldahl from Manchester City Women team gets awarded a free kick in the defensive area.
Manchester United Women have just fallen foul of the offside rule yet again. This time, it was Lucía García's attempt at threading a through ball to Leah Galton that ended in disappointment, as Galton was unfortunately flagged offside.
The effort was prevented from scoring. Jayde Riviere, a player of Manchester United Women team, took a shot with her right foot from outside the penalty area. However, the goalkeeper stopped the ball from going into the goal by catching it at the center of the goalpost.
Manchester United Women have conceded a corner, and it was caused by Alex Greenwood.
The try was prevented. Katie Zelem, a player for Manchester United Women, successfully kicked the ball with her right foot from the left side of the field towards the goal, but it was stopped by the goalkeeper in the lower right area of the net. Maya Le Tissier provided the assistance.
The attempt has been prevented. Geyse Ferreira of Manchester United Women made a shot with her right foot from the middle of the box, but it was blocked by the opponent.
The ball went out of bounds in the corner area for Manchester United Women's team. It was deemed a goal kick and awarded to the opposing team due to Kerstin Casparij's mishandling of the ball.
The goalkeeper stopped the shot from Jayde Riviere of Manchester United Women. Riviere took the shot with her right foot from the right side of the box, but it was saved in the bottom right corner. The goal was assisted by Maya Le Tissier who passed the ball through to Riviere.
Lucía García of Manchester United Women tried to take a shot with her right foot from the middle of the box, but it was blocked. Rachel Williams tried to help her, but it didn't work out.
The try was unsuccessful. Rachel Williams from Manchester United Women tried to head the ball from the center of the box, but it veered off towards the right side. Leah Galton helped by delivering a cross.
Alanna Kennedy from Manchester City Women receives a free kick in the area of the field where she is supposed to defend.
Geyse Ferreira (Manchester United Women) committed a foul.
Mary Fowler is coming on to play for Manchester City Women, substituting Lauren Hemp.
Jill Roord from Manchester City Women receives a free kick in their own half of the pitch.
Rachel Williams (from the Manchester United Women's team) committed a foul.