Manchester United Came From Two Goals Down To Maintain Their Unbeaten Women’s Super League Start

KEY POINTS

  • Leaders Manchester United came from two goals down to maintain their unbeaten Women's Super League start against rivals Manchester City.
  • United could have won the game in the 89th minute when Lucy Staniforth's downward header was cleared off the line by Demi Stokes.
  • The draw means the FA Cup winners stay fifth in the WSL table while United remain top, before Arsenal's match with Chelsea on Sunday.

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Leaders Manchester United came from two goals down to maintain their unbeaten Women’s Super League start against rivals Manchester City.

Chloe Kelly and Laura Coombs both capitalized on poor United defending to give City a 2-0 lead at the break.

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But two-time World Cup winner Tobin Heath pulled a goal back for the hosts after 54 minutes.

Substitute Kirsty Hanson then prodded home a deserved leveler in the 74th minute to complete a famous comeback.

United could have won the game in the 89th minute when Lucy Staniforth’s downward header was cleared off the line by Demi Stokes.

Manchester United Striker On The Ball
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United, who had won their past five league games coming into this fixture, moved to the top of the WSL table for the first time thanks to their 1-0 victory over Arsenal last time out.

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But it was City who raced out of the blocks in the first period with Alex Greenwood and Georgia Stanway both seeing efforts well saved by Red Devils keeper Mary Earps after Kelly’s opener.

Gareth Taylor’s side could have been three or four goals up at the break, with Kelly and Sam Mewis again going close before Coombs’ deserved second.

But United were a side transformed in the second period and Heath’s powerfully struck goal after a lapse of concentration from the City defence was just reward for their early pressure.

Substitute Hanson then completed the comeback, poking in a scrappy corner with 16 minutes left on the clock.

Both sides pushed for a late winner, the hosts going closest when Staniforth’s goal bound header from a corner was hacked away by Stokes.

City and England captain Steph Houghton ended in the game in pain after getting a knee in the back just before full-time, but Taylor said it was nothing serious.

The draw means the FA Cup winners stay fifth in the WSL table while United remain top, before Arsenal’s match with Chelsea on Sunday.

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