FA Women's League Cup
Manchester United Women vs Leicester City Women
2-2 (Leicester City Women win 4-3 on penalties)
Two of our FORTE players featured in this great game that ended up going to penalties. Russo started up top once again with Galton on the left wing, both were looking to cause problems for Leicester. However, it was the Foxes that would score first from a dangerous cross that led to a tap in. The Red Devils bounced back quickly from some great link up play between the FORTE duo of Russo and Galton. It was Galton that provided the assist for Russo who smashed it in the back of the net. After some back and forth play, Leicester took the lead capitalising on a poor mistake at the back from United. United were not ready to give up, and quickly equalised after two minutes forcing the game to penalties. Both teams started well, converting their first 3 penalties, however Leicester missed first, giving a chance to United which they didn’t take. The Foxes ended up winning 4-3 on penalties knocking the favourites out of the competition.
Leah Galton in action for Manchester United Women FC
Blackburn Ladies vs Sheffield United Women
Annabel Blanchard looked to impress by controlling the game through the midfield for Blackburn against a tough Sheffield side. It would be the Rovers who scored first from a header late in the first half. Sheffield looked threatening throughout, but Blackburn managed to secure their first win in the Continental Cup this season.
Sunderland Ladies vs Aston Villa Women
Following her break with the England U23 quad, rising star Maz Pacheco looked to continue her bright start to the season against lower ranked Sunderland. Villa started the game very well scoring 2 goals in the first 10 minutes. They would end up putting 3 goals past Sunderland’s keeper in the first half. Maz could have scored her first goal of the season but narrowly put the ball wide, but was influential during the game, creating chance from the left flank. Villa finished the game by winning 7 goals to zero.
Written by Zak Byskup