Manchester City Women 1-0 Manchester United Women: Weir seals win in front of record WSL crowd
By Emma Sanders
BBC Sport on the Etihad Stadium
Caroline Weir’s intriguing prolonged-fluctuate strike gave Manchester City victory over rivals Manchester United in the vital Ladies folk’s Huge League derby in entrance of a picture crowd of extra than 31,000 at Etihad Stadium.
Scotland midfielder Weir, 24, pounced on a loose clearance from Katie Zelem and drilled a grand shot into the end ethical nook from 25 yards three minutes after half of-time.
City had been annoyed in the vital half of and the guests can private equalised gradual on via Jackie Groenen when she hit the within of the left put up with 5 minutes of fashioned time left to play.
The 31,213 in attendance used to be practically six instances the old WSL picture of 5,265 that sawArsenal clinch closing season’s titleat Brighton’s Amex Stadium.
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With the girls taking half in on the males’s ground for the vital time since 2014 off the support of England’s World Cup exploits, there used to be a buzz of enjoyment around the Etihad beforehand.
No longer as a lot as 1,500 had watched that Continental Cup tie in opposition to Everton 5 years in the past, nevertheless this game had your entire typical aspects you would possibly possibly possibly well rely on from a local derby.
Interior three minutes, City forward Janine Beckie used to be hassling United keeper Mary Earps and team-mate Georgia Stanway got right here shut with a low strike from the fringe of the house.
However it used to be guests who precipitated the finest complications in the vital half of as Demi Stokes struggled to take care of Jess Sigsworth and Jane Ross on the ethical, whereas Leah Galton’s deliveries were a chance from the left.
They ought to quiet private taken the lead via Scotland striker Ross nevertheless her aspect-foot volley used to be tipped expertly away by teenage keeper Ellie Roebuck, sooner than Groenen used to be inches away from pulling off a backheel flick.
In any case, City’s quality got right here via and the house followers private the bragging rights from this opening weekend derby.
However, the picture attendance would possibly possibly possibly well finest stand for a day as a come-ability crowd is anticipated at Chelsea’s 41,000-seater Stamford Bridge stadium, the set aside the Blues host WSL rookies Tottenham at 12:30 BST, in a gameshown dwell on BBC televisionon Sunday.
Cushing joyful to repay the followers – reaction
Manchester City manager Gash Cushing:“This team has had the chance to play in entrance of 31,000 in our dwelling stadium. We are ethical the truth is delighted that we now private repaid them with the take grasp of.
“This season I the truth is judge this is also the most aggressive WSL season and that’s the reason fair appropriate for the girls’s game.
“Caroline Weir shall be world-class offensively. She sees things that folk don’t seek for. She desires to exhibit that on matchdays. She has done that right this moment.”
Manchester United manager Casey Stoney: “I’m the truth is delighted with the avid gamers, we performed some the truth is gorgeous stuff and created some the truth is gorgeous probabilities. They’re the beautiful margins at this level – whereas you occur to don’t bag your probabilities you continually leave the opposition in the sport.
“I’m delighted with the avid gamers, they tried to attain the gameplan, we set aside out to reach and private a lunge and we did that.
“I wish to be extraordinarily delighted with these avid gamers and the set aside they’ve reach from in the kind of short house of time.”