Week 16 of the WSL and Championship
Women's Super League
Manchester United vs Leicester City
Leah Galton and Alessia Russo were in action for United against fellow FORTE player, Molly Pike. United were dominant from the onset as they had chance after chance with Russo scoring the second of the game from another header. Galton had her powerful effort fly over the bar in the second half before United scored two goals directly from corners. Pike had a solid game, but it was hard work for her side as United were rampant in their 4-0 win to see them move up 3rd place whilst Molly’s side remain 11th place just above relegation.
Alessia scores once again for United as Molly battles in the midfield for Leicester.
Aston Villa vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Two of our England U23s started for Villa in Maz Pacheco and Anna Patten who is on loan from Arsenal. Villa came very close to scoring first but it was the Seagulls who converted their chance from a corner. After an up and down battle between the two sides, Brighton managed to secure the 3 points even after Patten and Pacheco’s fine defensive displays.
FA Women’s Championship
Lewes vs Bristol City
Aimee Palmer led Bristol City alongside Lia Cataldo as they faced off against Zoe Cross and her Lewes team. It was a competitive first half with Lewes hitting the crossbar and City creating chances. Skipper Palmer nearly had her 3rd goal from a free kick this season, this one was about 45 yards out and needed a Lewes defender to clear the ball off the line. Cataldo from left back, provided two assists for the opening goals for Bristol as they put 3 past Lewes in the final 15 minutes.
Crystal Palace vs Coventry United
Sibley and Everett started for Palace with Farrow on the bench in this important game against Coventry. The Eagles had a great first half and should of broke the deadlock but couldn’t manage it. Within 2 minutes of the restart, one of Palace’s defenders received a red card after a mistake at the back which put their team under pressure for the rest of the game. 10 player Palace were brave but ended up conceding a goal from a well taken header.
Blackburn Rovers vs Durham
Former Liverpool and England U19 star, 20-year-old Blanchard started for Blackburn as she looked to continue her fine form. Durham scored first but The Rovers equalised shortly after, knocking in a header from a freekick. Following some good play from Durham, they ended up winning 2-1 as Blackburn drop to 10th place in the Championship.
Written by Zak Byskup