WSL Week 5
Manchester United vs Manchester City
The first Manchester Derby of the season did not disappoint as Alessia Russo begun the match up top for the Reds. City looked sharp in the early moments of the game and forced United’s keeper to make some good saves. In the 35th minute, City received a red card following a high tackle on Leah Galton, yet City still managed to pull ahead scoring the opening goal. United equalised following a quickly taken corner in the 72nd minute and 3 minutes later Russo doubled the lead. In only her second start for United, she managed to squeeze the ball in the far corner following some great hold up play. It looked to be the winner, however, City bounced back straight away and capitalised on the rebound following a fantastic save from United’s goalkeeper. This fiery derby ended 2-2 in the end which sees United stat in 4th place ahead of their next fixture against Durham in the Women’s League Cup.
Alessia Russo celebrates her second goal of the season.
Chelsea vs Leicester City Women
Molly Pike started once again for the newly promoted Leicester who were looking to get their first points on the board against Chelsea. Last seasons Champions dominated possession with 71 percent by the end of the match. However, the Foxes and Pike remained resilient and seemed determined to pick up their first points. Leicester did incredibly well to keep a clean sheet for the majority of the match but Chelsea finally broke the deadlock in the 83rd minute and ended up doubling their lead after the full 90 minutes.
Reading Women vs Aston Villa Women
Maz Pacheco started for Villa & they dominated possession but it was Reading who ended up taking all three points, converting all 3 of their shots on target into goals to earn them their first points of their WSL campaign. The loss for Villa and Maz means they drop down to 7th place and will look to bounce back against second place Chelsea.
FA Women’s Championship
Written by Zak Byskup