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WSL: Manchester United 2-0 Liverpool - Casey Stoney's side earn first Super League win

By Emma SandersBBC Sport at Leigh Sports Village

Second-half goals from Lauren James and Katie Zelem gave Manchester United victory over rivals Liverpool in their first Women's Super League meeting.

James turned inside the box and fired past Liverpool keeper Anke Preuss in the second half to break the deadlock before Zelem made it two from the spot.

James was one of three United players to hit the woodwork, while Leah Galton was denied from close range.

Liverpool, who are bottom of the table, remain without a win this season.

United were frustrated in the first half, with manager Casey Stoney screaming at her team from the dugout to press and use more width.

Liverpool had been able to get in behind on a few occasions and their best chance came from a corner, but defender Niamh Fahey's header was cleared off the line by Katie Zelem.

The home side's 'Barmy Army' were full of voice throughout, creating a hostile atmosphere for Liverpool, who also lost to Stoney's team in the Continental Tyres Cup in August.

Their chants were aimed at the Liverpool players and manager - Vicky Jepson laughing and applauding their efforts after being taunted in the first half.

Casey Stoney
Manchester United boss Casey Stoney ended her playing career as Liverpool captain

On the pitch, tensions flared between James and Kirsty Linnett late in the second half and there were crunching tackles from Liverpool's Melissa Lawley that were not well received by the home support.

But Stoney's frustrations on the sidelines evaporated after the break when United's chances increased.

Galton and substitute Kirsty Hanson hit the crossbar following a dangerous build-up on the left and Hanson could have been awarded a penalty after a scramble in the box minutes later.

And when James' sharp turn and powerful shot broke the deadlock, nearly all of the 2,813 fans inside the ground stood up in celebration.

After narrow defeats to last year's top two Arsenal and Manchester City, this was United's first victory of the season in the WSL.

Manchester United manager Casey Stoney:

"There was a lack of intent in the first half. We spoke about that. It's about making sure we keep our standards really high.

"If we can match what we had against Man City, we should be better against Liverpool. That's no disrespect to Liverpool it's just about keeping our standards high.

"I'm never bursting a blood vessel at my players. I get slightly frustrated at certain decisions (not going our way) when I think they are clear and obvious.

"I am a passionate person. I kick every ball, I head every ball and I do get animated on the sidelines. I am never going to change that, that's just who I am unfortunately."

Liverpool boss Vicky Jepson:

"I embraced it (the atmosphere). These chants about Scousers robbing stuff - bring it on. We prepared for that. They're notorious for their chanting - the Barmy Army, or whatever they want to be called - but it didn't bother me.

"It's good for the occasion, it's a rivalry. My players and my staff were ready for that, so when they were shouting my name and shouting stuff, I just smiled. It's water off a duck's back - the main thing is that we came here to compete.

"I think that we did that for maybe 80 minutes of the game. We've just got to find that last little bit now and when we do, we'll come good. It's just fine-tuning.

"We've got to be clinical in front of goal. Finding the end product. We're creating, which is good, but we've got to start finding the back of the net."

Line-ups

Man Utd Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 27Earps
  • 20Smith
  • 5McManus
  • 21Turner
  • 3OqvistSubstituted forTurnerat 45'minutes
  • 12Ladd
  • 10Zelem
  • 7Toone
  • 9SigsworthSubstituted forHansonat 76'minutes
  • 16JamesBooked at 89mins
  • 11Galton

Substitutes

  • 2Harris
  • 4Turner
  • 8Green
  • 15Mikalsen
  • 17Arnot
  • 18Hanson
  • 24Edwards

Liverpool Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Preuss
  • 22JaneSubstituted forHodsonat 87'minutes
  • 6Bradley-Auckland
  • 5FaheyBooked at 90mins
  • 3Robe
  • 4Roberts
  • 19RodgersSubstituted forLinnettat 81'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 17CharlesSubstituted forClarkeat 72'minutes
  • 11LawleyBooked at 40mins
  • 20Babajide
  • 9Sweetman-Kirk

Substitutes

  • 7Clarke
  • 14Hodson
  • 18Kitching
  • 21Kearns
  • 23Purfield
  • 24Linnett
Referee:
Lucy Oliver
Attendance:
2,813

Match Stats

Home TeamMan Utd WomenAway TeamLiverpool Women
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home23
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester United Women 2, Liverpool Women 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester United Women 2, Liverpool Women 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Manchester United Women 2, Liverpool Women 0. Katie Zelem (Manchester United Women) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  4. Booking

    Niamh Fahey (Liverpool Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Penalty Manchester United Women. Leah Galton draws a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Niamh Fahey (Liverpool Women) after a foul in the penalty area.

  7. Post update

    Lauren James (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Melissa Lawley (Liverpool Women).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kirsty Hanson (Manchester United Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leah Galton.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ella Toone (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lauren James.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Katie Zelem (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Abbie McManus.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leah Galton (Manchester United Women) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kirsty Hanson.

  13. Booking

    Lauren James (Manchester United Women) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Booking

    Kirsty Linnett (Liverpool Women) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Lauren James (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Melissa Lawley (Liverpool Women).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool Women. Ashley Hodson replaces Rebecca Jane.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ella Toone (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lauren James.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kirsty Hanson (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right.

  20. Post update

    Ella Toone (Manchester United Women) hits the bar with a right footed shot from very close range.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Everton Women22003036
2Man City Women22003036
3Arsenal Women22003126
4Chelsea Women21102114
5Man Utd Women31022203
6West Ham Women21012203
7Tottenham Women21011103
8Reading Women210112-13
9Brighton Women20201102
10Bristol City Women201102-21
11B'ham City Women200202-20
12Liverpool Women300304-40
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